Florida Marine Contractor License

A Florida Marine Contractor is a specialty contractor qualified and certified by the board to perform any work involving the construction, repair, alteration, extension and excavation for fixed docks, floating docks, boathouses, mooring devices, mooring fields, seawalls, bulkheads, piers, wharfs, boatlifts, boat ramps, revetments, cofferdams, wave attenuators, dune crossovers and other marine structures and activities, including pile driving, framing, concrete, masonry, dredge and fill, and wood shingle, wood shakes, or asphalt or fiberglass shingle roofing on a new structure of his or her own construction. Nothing in this rule shall be deemed to restrict or limit in any manner the scope of work authorized by law of other contractor classification.

Licensing Requirements

Below are some of the requirements needed to become a licensed Marine Contractor in the State of Florida:


Must be at least 18 years of age.


Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Marine and Business & Finance). Please note that the application process cannot be started until the exams are taken and passing scores are obtained.

Experience / Education

A person will qualify for a Certified Marine Contractor’s license by meeting one of the following requirements:

  • Four-year construction-related degree from an accredited college (equivalent to three years’ experience) and one year proven experience applicable to the category for which you are applying.
  • One year experience as a foreman and not less than three years of credits from accredited college-level courses.
  • One year experience as a worker, one-year experience as a foreman, and two years of credits from accredited college-level courses.
  • Two years’ experience as a worker, one year experience as a foreman, and one year of credits from accredited college-level courses.
  • Four years’ experience as a worker or foreman of which at least one year must have been as a foreman.

Military Veterans

A veteran will qualify for a certified license by meeting on of the following:

  • Three years of military service and one year experience as a foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying.
  • Two years of military service, one year experience as a foreman, and one year experience as a worker or foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying.
  • One year of military service, one year experience as a foreman, and two years experience as a worker or foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying.
Florida Marine Contractor finishing Seawall and Dock Construction Project
Florida Marine Contractor Completing a Seawall and Dock Construction Project

Applicants for the Certified Marine Contractor License must have experience in the areas of:

  • Floating Marine Structures: Floatation, Framing, Decking, Anchor, Access, Gangway, Mooring.
  • Fixed Marine Structures: Framing Concrete Deck, Roof System.
  • Foundation: Concrete Footers, Structural Pilings
  • Additional Experience can derive from the areas of:
    • Shoreline Stabilization: Concrete Walls, Sheet Piles, Wood Bulkhead, Gravity Wall System.
    • Anchoring Systems: Concrete Deadmen, Timber Pilings, Pin Piling, Helical Anchors, Wedge Anchor.
    • Other: Dredge and Fill Operations.

Financial / Credit

Applicants will need to provide proof of financial stability and responsibility by submitting personal credit reports. Credit reports must include a FICO derived credit score and indicate that local, state and federal records have been searched. Credit report containing a credit score (FICO derived) on applicant from a nationally recognized credit reporting agency, which includes a public records statement that records have been checked at local, state, and federal levels. If credit score is below 660 (FICO derived) applicant must submit a bond or irrevocable letter of credit. Note that Fifty percent (50%) of the bond or letter of credit requirement may be met by completion of a 14-hour financial responsibility course.


An applicant must have a background check as part of the licensing process.


Applicants are required to attest that they have obtained public liability and property damage insurance in the amounts determined by Board rule. Applicants are also required to obtain workers compensation insurance or obtain an exemption from worker’s compensation insurance within 30 days of issuance of their license.To download the different application forms related to the Marine Contractor’s License, you may visit the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board’s site.

Florida Marine Contractor Exams

Florida Marine Contractors must pass two exams prior to obtaining their license. Do not sign up to take your exams until you obtain your books and begin studying for them!

Marine Exam

This open-book test consists of 80 questions involving the following subjects: Determining Existing Soil Conditions; Determining Project Parameters; Administering Project; Constructing Foundation Systems; Constructing Shoreline Stabilization; Constructing Anchoring Systems; Performing Dredge and Fill Operations; Building Floating Marine Structures; Building Fixed Marine Structures; and Executing Close-Out Procedures.

Business and Finance Exam

This is a separate test which lasts 6.5 hours, and contains 120 questions. Some of the subjects included in this test are: Establishing the Contracting Business, Managing Administrative Duties, Managing Trade Operations, Conducting Accounting Functions, Managing Human Resources, and complying with Government Regulations.

Florida Marine Contractor Classes

You can take Marine Contractor Classes in Tampa, Fort Myers, Orlando, Miami, or Online. You can sign up for your classes at any time and receive access to lecture videos, practice questions, tabbing and highlighting instructions, as well as to step-by-step explanations on how to solve typical Marine Contractor Exam Problems. The Marine Contractor Classes prepare you for the trade and business exams. Florida Marine Contractor Testing Schedule. You must pass all exams before applying for the Marine Contractor’s License in Florida. To sign up for the Florida Marine Contractor classes, simply click on the "enroll" button below and checkout; this will allow you to receive immediate access to the Florida Marine Contractor Classes online, and will also enable you to attend in-person Exam Prep classes. All students have access to both online and in-person classes for an unlimited amount of time (until passing all the Florida Marine Contractor exams needed to get the Marine license!). The in-person classes are not mandatory and can be taken at the student's discretion. For a list of upcoming classes for the Florida Marine Contractor Exams click on the link within the course description below.



Florida Marine Contractor Books

The set of books includes all required references for both the Marine and Business and Finance exams. Orders placed before 2 PM are shipped the same day via UPS and a tracking number is emailed before 3 PM.


Sales price: $1,186.43



Sales price: $1,286.43


List of Books for the Marine Contractor Trade Exams

Starting July 1st, 2021 the 2020 code books will be used for contractor Licensing. Until then we will still be using the 2017 edition.

List of Books for the Business and Finance Exam

Please note that the Florida Contractor's Manual is required for both the business and the trade exams.