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Florida Specialty Structure Contractor License

A Florida Specialty Structure Contractor is a contractor whose services are limited to the execution of contracts requiring the experience, knowledge and skill necessary for the fabrication, assembling, handling, erection, installation, replacement, dismantling, adjustment, alteration, repair, servicing and design work when not prohibited by law, in accordance with accepted engineering data and/or according to manufacturers specifications in the aluminum, metal, canvas, vinyl and fiberglass screening, doors and windows, hurricane protection devices and allied construction materials. The scope of such work shall include and be limited to fabric coverings on metal substructures, screened porches, screened enclosures, pool enclosures, preformed panel-post and beam roofs, manufactured housing roof-overs, vinyl or acrylic panel window enclosures, guardrails, handrails, aluminum and vinyl fences, the installation or replacement of windstorm protective devices, single story self-contained aluminum utility storage structures (not to exceed 720 sq. ft.), residential glass window and door enclosures, sunrooms, siding, soffit, fascia and gutters. The scope of such work shall include wood work incidental to the aluminum and allied materials construction work. It shall be limited to the construction of wood framing for the walls of uninhabitable utility storage structures, raised wood decks for enclosures, and the repair and/or replacement of wood incidental to the installation of glass windows and doors, installation of siding, soffit, fascia, gutters and preformed panel-post and beam roofs. The scope of such work shall comply with all plans, specifications, codes, laws and regulations applicable. The scope of such work shall include masonry concrete work and be limited to foundations, slabs and block kneewalls incidental to the aluminum and allied construction materials construction work. The specialty structure contractor, whose services are limited, shall not perform any work that alters the structural integrity of the building including but not limited to roof trusses, lintels, load bearing walls and foundations. The specialty structure contractor shall subcontract, with a licensed qualified contractor in the field concerned, all other work incidental to that which is defined herein but which is the work of a trade other than that of a specialty structure contractor.

Licensing Requirements

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

Age

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Examination

Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Specialty Structure and Business & Law). 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 Specialty Structure 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.
Florida Specialty Structure Contractors can install pool cages anywhere in the state
Florida Specialty Structure Contractor Installs Pool Cage (Aluminum and Screen) in Florida Vacation Home

Applicants for the Certified Specialty Structure Contractor License must have experience in the following areas of trade:

  • Foundations: Concrete Slabs, CMU Kneewalls, Excavating, Laying Out, Forming, and Placing Pier-type Post Footings.
  • Wall Sections: Screen Walls, Framed Solid Panel Walls, Screen and Storm Doors, and Composite Metal Panel Walls.
  • Roof Sections: Screen Roofs.
  • Windows: Vinyl Windows and Glass Windows.
  • Other: Post and Beam Structures.
  • Experience may also be demonstrated through involvement in the following areas:
    • Wall Sections: Corner Cables and Rigid Bracing.
    • Other: Siding, Soffit, Fascias, Gutters and Downspouts.

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

Florida Specialty Structure Contractor Exams

Florida Specialty Structure 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!

Florida Specialty Structure Exam

The Florida Specialty Structure Exam contains of 80 questions and covers the following subjects: Foundations, Wall Sections, Roof Sections, Insulation, Windows, Post and Beam Structures, Roofovers, Siding, Soffit, Fascias, Gutters and Downspouts.

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 Specialty Structure Contractor Classes

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

 

  • Florida Specialty Structure 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 Specialty Structure Contractor Books

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

Sales price: $1,023.98

 

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

Sales price: $1,123.98

 

List of Books for the Specialty Structure Contractor Trade Exams

  • Florida Building Code - Residential

    Florida Building Code - Residential

    The 2017 Residential Code is the primary resource for code compliance for single and multi-family dwelling construction in Florida.
    $128.14
    $128.14
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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.
    $112.00
    $112.00
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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.
    $29.87
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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
    $50.22
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  • Design of Wood Frame Structures for Permeance

    Design of Wood Frame Structures for Permeance

    Design of Wood Frame Structures for Permeance is a book describing the arduous process of designing wooden structures which are resistant to the flow of water, a must-have feature for such structures in construction.
    $10.08
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  • Vinyl Siding Installation Manual

    Vinyl Siding Installation Manual

    Vinyl Siding Installation Manual is a complete installation guide which provides step-by-step instructions on carrying our vinyl siding installations. It also takes into account common safety concerns.
    $27.50
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  • Guide to Aluminum Construction in High-Wind Areas

    Guide to Aluminum Construction in High-Wind Areas

    The Guide to Aluminum Construction in High-Wind Areas has a student version which is used for contractor testing in FL.
    $188.40
    $188.40
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  • Concrete Finisher's Guide

    Concrete Finisher's Guide

    The Concrete Finisher's Guide is currently out of print. Concrete Finisher's Guide is a vital reference for any contractor in the concrete trade.
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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.
    $8.47
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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]
    $67.10
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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.
    $26.53
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