Florida Sheet Metal Contractor License
A Florida Sheet Metal Contractor is a contractor whose services are unlimited in the sheet metal trade and who has the experience, knowledge, and skill necessary for the manufacture, fabrication, assembling, handling, erection, installation, dismantling, conditioning, adjustment, insulation, alteration, repair, servicing, or design, if not prohibited by law, of ferrous or nonferrous metalwork of U.S. No. 10 gauge or it's equivalent or lighter gauge and of other materials, including, but not limited to, fiberglass, used in lieu thereof and of air-handling systems, including the setting of air-handling equipment and reinforcement of same, the balancing of air-handling systems, and any duct cleaning and equipment sanitizing that requires at least a partial disassembling of the system.
Below are some of the requirements needed to become a licensed Sheet Metal Contractor in the State of Florida:
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Sheet Metal 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 Sheet Metal 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.
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 Sheet Metal Contractor License must have experience in the areas listed below:
- Fabrication, Design, and Installation of Duct Systems.
- Fabrication, Design, and Installation of Air Handling / Ventilation Systems.
- Air Balancing
- Experience can also derive from the following areas:
- Repairing and Servicing Duct Systems
- Repairing and Servicing Air Handling/Ventilation Systems
- Fabrication Design, Installation, Repairing, and Servicing: Gravel Stops, Coping, Fascia Systems, Gutters Downspouts, and Flashing Systems.
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.
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 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 Sheet Metal Contractor’s License, you may visit the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board’s site.
Florida Sheet Metal Contractor Exams
Florida Sheet Metal 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!
Sheet Metal Exam
The Sheet Metal Contractor Exam is 80-questions long, lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes, is open-book and covers the following subjects: Pre-Installation and Site Work, Industrial Duct Fabrication, Architectural Sheet Metal, Fabricating Other Sheet Metal Structures, Installation of Sheet Metal Systems, and Safety & Equipment.
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 Sheet Metal Contractor Classes
You can take Sheet Metal 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 Sheet Metal Contractor Exam Problems. The Sheet Metal Contractor Classes prepare you for the trade and business exams. Florida Sheet Metal Contractor Testing Schedule. You must pass all exams before applying for the Sheet Metal Contractor’s License in Florida. To sign up for the Florida Sheet Metal Contractor classes, simply click on the "enroll" button below and checkout; this will allow you to receive immediate access to the Florida Sheet Metal 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 Sheet Metal Contractor exams needed to get the Sheet Metal 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 Sheet Metal 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 Sheet Metal Contractor Books
The set of books includes all required references for both the Sheet Metal 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 SHEET METAL - BOOK SET WITHOUT TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS
FLORIDA SHEET METAL - BOOK SET WITH TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS
List of Books for the Sheet Metal 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