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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.

Licensing Requirements

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

Age

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Examination

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.

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.
Mechanical Ventilation System Installation
Installation of Ventilation System for Large HAVC System on Industrial facility by Florida Mechanical Contractor

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.

Fingerprints

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

Insurance

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!

Mechanical Exam

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.

 

Florida Mechanical Contractor Course

Course Description: Upon enrolment the student receives an email containing his/her ID and Password combination to access the eCampus. The student can access the eCampus 24/7 for as long as it is necessary until he/she passes all licensing exams. The eCampus contains VIDEOS, PRACTICE QUESTIONS (similar to those seen on the actual exams), typical MATH PROBLEMS with step-by-step solutions, and detailed instructions on how to FIND ANSWERS within the books. The student also has access to optional in-person classroom-style refresher seminars. The training can be completed fully online, but if the student prefers, he/she can go to any number of REFRESHER SEMINARS (no extra charges or limitations).

Click here for a list of dates and locations of upcoming Refresher Seminars offered for this trade.

$599.00
$599.00

Florida Business and Finance (Construction) Course

This is the course which prepares you for the Business and Finance exam. The Business and Finance exam is mandatory for all contractors regardless of specific trade. This course teaches you how to find answers within the books (AIAs, Builder’s Guide to Accounting, Florida Contractor’s Manual, and Ch 455), and how to solve accounting problems. Detailed lecture videos teach how to solve problems step-by-step, and if you need some extra help, you can go to in-person review classes at no extra charge.
$299.00
$299.00

 

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
BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS - ALL BOOKS LISTED BELOW

Sales price: $1,649.68

 

FLORIDA MECHANICAL BOOK SET WITH TABS INCLUDES
BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS - ALL BOOKS LISTED BELOW

Sales price: $1,749.68

 

List of Books for the Mechanical Contractor Trade Exams

  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Troubleshooting Handbook

    Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Troubleshooting Handbook

    Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Troubleshooting Handbook is the most complete AC repair guide in the market.
    $192.23
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  • CFR (OSHA) Tile 29 Part 1926

    CFR (OSHA) Tile 29 Part 1926

    OSHA (CFR 29 Part 1926) is the leading safety reference in the construction industry covering all aspects of construction.
    $36.04
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  • Florida Contractor's Manual 2017 Edition

    Florida Contractor's Manual 2017 Edition

    The Florida Contractor's Manual is used as one of the references for the Business and Finance exam.
    $124.80
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  • Pipefitters Handbook

    Pipefitters Handbook

    The Pipefitter's Handbook is the primary reference used by those contractors in the mechanical, gas, plumbing or related trades whose every day job performance depends on accurately measuring, cutting and installing pipe components.
    $30.46
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  • NFPA 90A Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems, 2015

    NFPA 90A Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems, 2015

    NFPA 90A is the standard for the installation of air conditioning and ventilation systems published by the National Fire Protection Agency.
    $48.48
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  • NFPA 90B Installation of Warm Air Heating and Air Conditioning Systems, 2015 edition

    NFPA 90B Installation of Warm Air Heating and Air Conditioning Systems, 2015 edition

    The Standard for the Installation of Warm Air Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems, 2015 Edition, is the latest standard in its field and is currently used for contractor mechanical and air conditioning testing in the State of Florida.
    $43.09
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  • NFPA 96 Ventilation Control and Fire Protection

    NFPA 96 Ventilation Control and Fire Protection

    NFPA 96 is the standard for controlling the ventilation and overall fire prevention in commercial cooking operations.
    $53.28
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  • Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards

    Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards

    The Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards is a SMACNA publication which covers all aspects of the installation, construction, and handling of fibrous glass panels within the context of duct construction.
    $114.18
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  • HVAC Duct Construction Standards – Metal and Flexible

    HVAC Duct Construction Standards – Metal and Flexible

    The HVAC Duct Construction Standards is a SMACNA publication which deals with all aspects of metal and flexible duct construction.
    $177.78
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  • Energy Systems Analysis and Management

    Energy Systems Analysis and Management

    Energy Systems Analysis and Management is published by SMACNA and covers all aspects of analyzing and and managing the energy requirements within a system, mainly those systems related to built structures.
    $105.78
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  • Trane Air Conditioning Manual

    Trane Air Conditioning Manual

    The Air Conditioning Manual by Trane covers all aspects of air conditioning in great detail. The A/C manual is written in a way which allows it to be used by the apprentice as well as by the experienced engineer, and the average contractor. Number of Pages: 473 Product Dimensions: 11 x 8 1/2 x 1" Weight: 2.4 Lbs
    $36.00
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  • Trane Ductulator

    Trane Ductulator

    The Trane Ductulator is a tool used for duct sizing. It provides the user with the dimensions for both rectangular and circular ducts as long a required air flow and air velocity are given.
    $12.25
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  • Trane Reciprocating Refrigeration Manual

    Trane Reciprocating Refrigeration Manual

    The Trane Reciprocating Refrigeration Manual is a highly popular and reliable source that covers the design, installation, operation, and servicing of reciprocating refrigeration systems. Number of Pages: 176 Product Dimensions: 10 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 3/8" Weight: 1.2 Lbs
    $24.19
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  • Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida

    Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida

    Publication by the University of Florida which covers all aspects of energy efficient construction in Florida.
    $48.09
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  • Florida Building Code - Mechanical

    Florida Building Code - Mechanical

    The Florida Mechanical Code is currently on its 2017 edition and is the most widely used reference for Mechanical-installations compliance in the State.
    $88.00
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  • Florida Building Code - Energy Conservation

    Florida Building Code - Energy Conservation

    The 2017 edition of the Florida Energy Conservation Code is the current and primary source of code compliance for mechanical contractors and builders. This book used to be Chapter 13 of the Florida Building Code in prior code editions (before it was published separately).
    $41.77
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  • NFPA 99  Health Care Facilities

    NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities

    NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities contains the NFPA Standard code for Health Care Facilities including general requirements, codes for emergency preparedness, building construction, and its applicability.
    $77.80
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  • Florida Building Code - Fuel Gas

    Florida Building Code - Fuel Gas

    The Fuel Gas Code currently used for state contractor testing in Florida is the 6th edition (2017) . This reference is used during mechanical and plumbing tests.
    $88.00
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  • Florida Building Code - Plumbing

    Florida Building Code - Plumbing

    The 2017 Florida Plumbing Code is published by the ICC and is the primary Plumbing Code compliance reference in the state.
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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.

  • Florida Contractor's Manual 2017 Edition

    Florida Contractor's Manual 2017 Edition

    The Florida Contractor's Manual is used as one of the references for the Business and Finance exam.
    $124.80
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  • Florida Statutes Chapter 455

    Florida Statutes Chapter 455

    Chapter 455 of the Florida Statutes (Business and Professional Regulation: General Provisions) contains regulation directly impacting the licensing process of contractors in the State of Florida.
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  • A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction

    A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction

    The A201 is published by the AIA and establishes the general conditions of the contract for construction.
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  • A401 Standard Form of Agreement between Contractor Subcontractor

    A401 Standard Form of Agreement between Contractor Subcontractor

    Please beware of companies selling photocopies of AIA documents. You will not be allowed to use photocopies during testing. If you suspect a company of engaging in this illegal practice, please email [removed]
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  • A701, Instructions for Bidders

    A701, Instructions for Bidders

    Please beware of companies selling photocopies of AIA documents. You will not be allowed to use photocopies during testing. If you suspect a company of engaging in this illegal practice, please email [removed]
    $46.18
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  • Builder's Guide to Accounting

    Builder's Guide to Accounting

    Builder's Guide to Accounting, is used for the Business and Finance contractor exam in Florida.
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