Florida Residential Contractor License

Starting January 1st, 2020 certain books will not be allowed in the testing room

A Florida Residential Contractor (CRC) means a contractor whose services are limited to construction, remodeling, repair, or improvement of one-family, two-family, or three-family residences not exceeding two habitable stories above no more than one uninhabitable story and accessory use structures in connection therewith. If you are a contractor engaged in commercial construction (up to three stories) or remodeling, you must obtain a Florida Building Contractor's License instead. If you wish to be unlimited in your scope of work (build everything from houses to high-rises), then a Florida General Contractor (CGC) license is a better match. As a Florida Residential Contractor, you can subcontract all major specialty trades (those not included in your scope of work like A/C, Electrical, and Plumbing) to work on your residential projects. If you do not wish to subcontract work which is included within the scope of your license, you are free to do said work in-house (i.e. framing, drywall, painting, tile, stucco, etc)

Florida Residential Contractor (CRC) building a single family home
Single Family Home in Florida being built by Certified Residential Contractor (CRC)

Licensing Requirements

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

  • Age: Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Examination: Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Contract Administration, Project Management, 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 Residential 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 proved experience applicable to the category for which you are applying.
    • One year of experience as a foreman and not less than three years of credits from accredited college-level courses.
    • One year of 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 one 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 Residential Contractor License must have experience in four or more of the experience areas listed below:
    • Foundation/Slabs
    • Masonry walls
    • Trusses
    • Column erection
    • Formwork for structural reinforced concrete
    • Structural wood framing (excluding platform framing)
  • 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 the 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 the 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 worker's 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 Residential Contractor’s License, you may visit the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board’s site.

Florida Residential Contractor Exams

Do not sign up to take your exams until you obtain your books and begin studying for them! Florida Residential Contractor exams are held every two months according to the official Florida Professional Testing schedule. A residential contractor in Florida must pass a Business, as well as a trade exam, but the trade exam is divided into two different tests, one in the morning, and another in the afternoon. These trade tests are known as the Contractor Administration and the Project Management tests respectively. Florida residential contractors must pass both sections of the trade exams as well as the business exam in order to satisfy the academic requirements for licensing.

Residential Contract Administration Exam

This test contains 45 questions, it is an open book and lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes (morning session). Some of the subjects included are: Pre-construction Activities, Project Contracts, Obtaining Licenses, Permits and Approvals, Construction Procedures and Operations

Residential Project Management Exam

This test contains 60 questions, it is an open book and lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes (afternoon session). Some of the subjects included are Construction Methods, Materials, Tools, and Equipment; Safety; Reading Plans and Specifications.

Business and Finance Exam

This is a separate test that 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 Residential Contractor Classes

You can take Residential 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 Residential Contractor Exam Problems. The Residential Contractor Classes prepare you for the trade and business exams. Florida Residential Contractor Testing Schedule). You must pass all exams before applying for the Residential Contractor’s License in Florida. To sign up for the Florida Residential Contractor classes, simply click on the "enroll" button below and checkout; this will allow you to receive immediate access to the Florida Residential 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 Residential Contractor exams needed to get the Residential 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 Residential Contractor Exams click on the link within the course description below.

Florida Residential Contractor Books

The set of books includes all required references for both the Residential 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 RESIDENTIAL BOOK SET WITHOUT TABS INCLUDES
BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS - ALL BOOKS LISTED BELOW

Sales price: $1,366.27

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

Sales price: $1,466.27

List of Books for the Residential Contractor Trade Exams

List of Books for the Business and Finance Exam

Please note that A201, A401, A701, Builder's Guide to Accounting and Florida Contractors Manual are required for both the business and the trade exams.

Starting January 1st, 2020, these books will NOT be allowed in the testing room but will be tested on.