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 woodwork 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 knee walls 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.
Below are some of the requirements needed to become a licensed Specialty Structure Contractor in the State of Florida:
Must be at least 18 years of age.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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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 ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS
FLORIDA SPECIALTY STRUCTURE - BOOK SET WITH TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS
List of Books for the Specialty Structure 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.
The 2017 Residential Code is the primary resource ...$148.30$148.30
The Building Estimator's Reference Book is an impo...$118.63$118.63
OSHA (CFR 29 Part 1926) is the leading safety refe...$32.12$32.12
This book contains a comprehensive coverage to mat...$53.06$53.06
Design of Wood Frame Structures for Permeance is a...$10.08$10.08
Vinyl Siding Installation Manual is a complete ins...$10.72$10.72
The Guide to Aluminum Construction in High-Wind Ar...$196.50$196.50
Florida Building Code 2017 edition is the primary ...$143.32$143.32
List of Books for the Business and Finance Exam
The Florida Contractor's Manual is used as one of ...$130.00$130.00
Chapter 455 of the Florida Statutes (Business and ...$10.90$10.90
The A201 is published by the AIA and establishes t...$71.00$71.00
Please beware of companies selling photocopies of ...$71.00$71.00
Please beware of companies selling photocopies of ...$49.18$49.18
Builder's Guide to Accounting, is used for the Bus...$28.06$28.06