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Florida Pool Service Contractor License

A Florida Swimming Pool and Spa Service Contractor is a contractor whose scope of work involves, but is not limited to, the repair and servicing of a swimming pool, or hot tub or spa, whether public or private, or otherwise, regardless of use. The scope of work includes the 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 refinishing, the reinstallation or addition of pool heaters, the repair or replacement of all perimeter piping and filter piping, the repair of equipment rooms or housing for pool/spa equipment, and the substantial or complete draining of a swimming pool, or hot tub or spa, for the purpose of repair or renovation. The scope of such work does not include direct connections to a sanitary sewer system or to potable water lines. The installation, construction, modification, substantial or complete disassembly, 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, substantial or complete disassembly, 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. If a contractor wishes to build swimming pools, then the appropriate license to obtain would be either the Florida Residential Pool and Spa Contractor's License, or the Florida Commercial Pool and Spa Contractor's License, depending on the intended use of the swimming pools being built.

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.
  • Completed 60 hours of instruction in courses related to the scope of work covered by the license and approved by the Board and has a minimum of 1 year proven experience related to the scope of work of such a contractor. See Rule 61G4-15.001(5).

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 Pool and Spa Service Contractor monitoring water condition
Florida Pool and Spa Service Contractor monitors water condition on customer's swimming pool

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

  • Pool Heaters
  • Pool Deck Repair
  • Tile, Coping, and Trim Work
  • Plumbing Equipment (Pumps, Piping, Fittings, Gauges, Pressure Testing, Valves)
  • Maintenance and Repair of Pool Shells (Leak Detection and Testing, Crack Repair)

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

Florida Pool Service Contractor Exams

Florida Pool Service 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!

Pool Service Exam

This open-book test consists of 60 questions and it covers the following subjects: Plumbing Work; Deck Work; Tile, Coping and Trim Work; Accessory Work; Interior Surface Preparation and Finishing; Start Up; Service and Maintenance; and Safety 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 Pool Service Contractor Classes

Many Pool Maintenance contractors in Florida are shocked to find out the extent of Florida's Swimming Pool Maintenance Licensing exams. The exams which must be passed in order to obtain this license seem to be quite involved and disproportioned with relation to the perceived simplicity of the trade. But the State of Florida does not perceive the trade as being simple or unimportant, in fact it is all the opposite. Florida wants to keep all pool users in the state safe while using these facilities, whether commercial or residential, and it does so by making sure contractors in charge of the maintenance of swimming pools have a thorough understanding of the trade. This translates into a complicated trade examination based on several reference books, standards, and codes. Contractor Campus, as a leading provider of Exam Prep services for Pool Contractors in Florida, provides all the material needed to pass the first time. Let our pool and education professionals prepare adequately for the exams. Below are some more details on the classes we offer. You can take Pool Service 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 Pool Service Contractor Exam Problems. The Pool Service Contractor Classes prepare you for the trade and business exams. Florida Pool Service Contractor Testing Schedule. You must pass all exams before applying for the Pool Service Contractor’s License in Florida. To sign up for the Florida Pool Service Contractor classes, simply click on the "enroll" button below and checkout; this will allow you to receive immediate access to the Florida Pool Service 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 Pool Service Contractor exams needed to get the Pool Service 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 Pool & Spa Service Contractor Exams click on the link within the course description below.

 

Florida Service Pool 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 Pool & Spa Service Contractor Books

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

Sales price: $1,324.79

 

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

Sales price: $1,424.79

 

List of Books for the Pool Service 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-2 Standard for Public Spas

    ANSI/APSP/ICC-2 Standard for Public Spas

    The ANSI NSPI-2 Standard for Public Spas is a perfect source for information on the design, for licensing purposes in commercial swimming pool and spa licensing exams.
    $108.02
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  • ANSI/APSP/ICC-1 Standard for Public Swimming Pools

    ANSI/APSP/ICC-1 Standard for Public Swimming Pools

    ANSI NSPI-1 Standard for Public Swimming Pools is an vital reference book for the Florida Pool Contractor exam.
    $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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  • Florida Administrative Code Chapter 64E-9 Public Swimming Pools and Bathing Places

    Florida Administrative Code Chapter 64E-9 Public Swimming Pools and Bathing Places

    Chapter 64E-9 Public Swimming Pools and Bathing Places is an important reference for the general public and any participant involved in the operation or life cycle of a non-private swimming pool.
    $9.91
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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.
    $29.87
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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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  • 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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