Florida Mechanical Contractor License
A Florida Mechanical Contractor is a contractor whose services are unlimited in the execution of contracts requiring the experience, knowledge, and skill to install, maintain, repair, fabricate, alter, extend, or design, if not prohibited by law, central air-conditioning, refrigeration, heating, and ventilating systems, including duct work in connection with a complete system if such duct work is performed by the contractor as necessary to complete an air-distribution system, boiler and unfired pressure vessel systems, lift station equipment and piping, and all appurtenances, apparatus, or equipment used in connection therewith, and any duct cleaning and equipment sanitizing that requires at least a partial disassembling of the system; to install, maintain, repair, fabricate, alter, extend, or design, if not prohibited by law, piping, insulation of pipes, vessels and ducts, pressure and process piping, pneumatic control piping, gasoline tanks and pump installations and piping for same, standpipes, air piping, vacuum line piping, oxygen lines, nitrous oxide piping, ink and chemical lines, fuel transmission lines, liquefied petroleum gas lines within buildings, and natural gas fuel lines within buildings; to replace, disconnect, or reconnect power wiring on the load side of the dedicated existing electrical disconnect switch; to install, disconnect, and reconnect low voltage heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning control wiring; and to install a condensate drain from an air-conditioning unit to an existing safe waste or other approved disposal other than a direct connection to a sanitary system. The scope of work for such contractor also includes any excavation work incidental thereto, but does not include any work such as potable water lines or connections thereto, sanitary sewer lines, swimming pool piping and filters, or electrical power wiring. A Florida Mechanical Contractor may test and evaluate central air-conditioning, refrigeration, heating, and ventilating systems, including duct work; however, a mandatory licensing requirement is not established for the performance of these specific services.
Below are some of the requirements needed to become a licensed Mechanical Contractor in the State of Florida:
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Mechanical 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 Mechanical 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.
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.
Applicants for the Certified Mechanical Contractor License must have experience in installation of:
- Systems in excess of 25 tons of cooling and 500,000 BTU heating capacity
- Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Equipment
- Sheet Metal Ductwork
- Fabrication of Sheet Metal Ductwork
- As well as experience in the majority of the following areas:
- Boilers / pressure vessel systems
- Gas, air, vacuum, oxygen, nitrous oxide, ink, and chemical line piping
- Piping and installation of gasoline tanks
- Condensate piping
- Piping for lift stations
- Low temperature refrigeration
- Direct digital control wiring
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 Mechanical Contractor’s License, you may visit the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board’s site.
Florida Mechanical Contractor Exams
Florida Mechanical 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!
This is an all-day test with 130 questions (morning and afternoon exams with 65 questions each) covering the following subjects: Pre-Installation and Design Engineering; Ductwork and HVAC Materials; Installation of Refrigeration and HVAC Systems; Installation of Mechanical Systems; Installation of Refrigeration and HVAC Equipment and Components; Installation of Mechanical Equipment and Components; Maintenance Analysis of Refrigeration and HVAC; Maintenance service of Refrigeration and HVAC; Safety and Equipment; and Excavating.
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 Mechanical Contractor Classes
You can take Mechanical 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 Mechanical Contractor Exam Problems. The Mechanical Contractor Classes prepare you for the trade and business exams. Florida Mechanical Contractor Testing Schedule). You must pass all exams before applying for the Mechanical Contractor’s License in Florida. To sign up for the Florida Mechanical Contractor classes, simply click on the "enroll" button below and checkout; this will allow you to receive immediate access to the Florida Mechanical 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 Mechanical Contractor exams needed to get the Mechanical 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 Mechanical Contractor Exams click on the link within the course description below.
Login credentials emailed upon enrollment
Unlimited access (no time limits)
Step-by-step solutions to math problems
Florida Mechanical Contractor Books
The set of books includes all required references for both the Mechanical 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.
FLORIDA MECHANICAL - BOOK SET WITHOUT TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS
FLORIDA MECHANICAL - BOOK SET WITH TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS
List of Books for the Mechanical 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.