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Florida Residential Pool Contractor

A Florida Residential Pool Contractor means a contractor whose scope of work involves, but is not limited to, theconstruction, repair, and servicing of a residential swimming pool, or hot tub or spa, regardless of use. The scope of workincludes the installation, repair, or replacement of existing equipment, any cleaning or equipment sanitizing that requires at least a partial disassembling, excluding filter changes, and the installation of new pool/spa equipment, interior finishes, the installation of package pool heaters, the installation of all perimeter piping and filter piping, and the construction of equipment rooms or housing for pool/spa equipment, and also includes the scope of work of a swimming pool/spa servicing contractor. The scope of such work does not include direct connections to a sanitary sewer system or to potable water lines. The installation, construction, modification, or replacement of equipment permanently attached to and associated with the pool or spa for the purpose of water treatment or cleaning of the pool or spa requires licensure; however, the usage of such equipment for the purposes of water treatment or cleaning does not require licensure unless the usage involves construction, modification, or replacement of such equipment. Water treatment that does not require such equipment does not require a license. In addition, a license is not required for the cleaning of the pool or spa in a way that does not affect the structural integrity of the pool or spa or its associated equipment. In addition, a license is not required for the cleaning of the pool or spa in a way that does not affect the structural integrity of the pool or spa or its associated equipment.If you would like to build commercial swimming pools please visit Florida Commercial Pool and Spa Contractor's License .If you are only interested in servicing and maintaining existing swimming pools and spas and are not interested in building them, then please visit Florida Service Pool/Spa Contractor License.

Licensing Requirements

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

Age

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Examination

Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Service Pool 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 Pool Service 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.
  • Upgrade Method: A certified swimming pool servicing contractor holding an active current license for a minimum of 3 years in the classification in which he or she is certified. If you meet this eligibility requirement you are exempted from further experience requirements.

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.
Piscina residencial con licencia contratista edificio piscina en Florida
Florida Residential Pool and Spa Contractor working on backyard Swimming Pool

Applicants for the Certified Residential Pool Contractor License must have experience in the following areas:

  • Excavation, Grading, Backfill, Compacting
  • Plumbing Components
  • Electrical Components
  • Shell Placement
  • Deck work
  • Tile, Coping, and Trim Work
  • Interior Surface Preparation and Finishing
  • Additional experience can be derived from the repair and servicing of:
    • Excavation, Grading, Backfill, Compacting
    • Plumbing Components
    • Electrical Components
    • Shell Placement
    • Deck work
    • Tile, Coping, and Trim Work
    • Interior Surface Preparation and Finishing

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 Residential Pool Contractor’s License, you may visit the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board’s site.

Florida Residential Pool Contractor Exams

Florida Residential Pool 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!

Residential Pool Exam

This open-book test is composed of 80 questions covering the following subjects: Pre-Installation and Site Preparation; Pool and Spa Excavation; Plumbing Work; Electrical Work; Shell Placement; Deck Work; Tile, Coping and Trim Work; Accessory Work; Interior Surface Preparation and Finishing; Start Up; Service and Maintenance; and Equipment.

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 Residential Pool & Spa Contractor Classes

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

 

  • Florida Residential Pool/Spa 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 Residential Pool Contractor Books

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

Sales price: $1,431.08

 

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

Sales price: $1,531.08

 

List of Books for the Residential Pool Contractor Trade Exams

  • ANSI/APSP/ICC-3 Standard for Permanently Installed Residential Spas

    ANSI/APSP/ICC-3 Standard for Permanently Installed Residential Spas

    ANSI NSPI-3 Standard for Permanently Installed Residential Spas is a reference book used for the Pool Contractor Exam in Florida.
    $108.02
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  • ANSI/APSP/ICC-5 Standard for Residential Inground Swimming Pools

    ANSI/APSP/ICC-5 Standard for Residential Inground Swimming Pools

    This standard applies to permanently-installed residential in-ground swimming pools intended for non-commercial use as a swimming pool by not more than three owner families and their guests and exceeding 24 inches in water depth.
    $108.02
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  • Walker's Building Estimator's Reference Book

    Walker's Building Estimator's Reference Book

    The Building Estimator's Reference Book is an important reference used for estimating and as a reference for contractor exams.
    $96.00
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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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  • Concrete Masonry Handbook for Architects, Engineers and Builders

    Concrete Masonry Handbook for Architects, Engineers and Builders

    This book contains a comprehensive coverage to materials, design, and procedures involved in masonry construction.
    $50.22
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  • Guide to Shotcrete – ACI 506R

    Guide to Shotcrete – ACI 506R

    Guide to Shotcrete provides information on materials and properties of both dry-mix and wet-mix shotcrete, covering most facets of the shotcrete application process.
    $104.94
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  • NFPA 70 - National Electrical Code

    NFPA 70 - National Electrical Code

    The 2014 National Electrical Code is used as a reference in electrical contractor exams.
    $102.82
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  • Placing Reinforcing Bars

    Placing Reinforcing Bars

    Placing Reinforcing Bars covers all aspects of concrete reinforcement.
    $73.14
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  • Pool & Spa Operator Handbook

    Pool & Spa Operator Handbook

    Pool & Spa Operator's Handbook is the book used to study for the CPO exam certification, as well as for the Pool Contractor licensing exams in Florida. This book covers pool water chemistry and pool service in great detail.
    $71.94
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  • NSF 50 Equipment for Swimming Pools Spas Hot Tubs and other Recreational Water Facilities

    NSF 50 Equipment for Swimming Pools Spas Hot Tubs and other Recreational Water Facilities

    NSF 50 (2015) Equipment for Swimming Pools and other Recreational Water Facilities is vital for contractors taking a swimming pool contractor test in Florida.
    $200.40
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  • Florida Building Code - Building

    Florida Building Code - Building

    Florida Building Code 2017 edition is the primary source for building code compliance in Florida.
    $137.59
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List of Books for the Business and Finance Exam

  • 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.
    $67.10
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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]
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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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