Florida Underground Utility Contractor License
A Florida Underground Utility and Excavation Contractor is a contractor whose services are limited to the construction, installation, and repair, on public or private property, whether accomplished through open excavations or through other means, including, but not limited to, directional drilling, auger boring, jacking and boring, trenchless technologies, wet and dry taps, grouting, and slip lining, of main sanitary sewer collection systems, main water distribution systems, storm sewer collection systems, and the continuation of utility lines from the main systems to a point of termination up to and including the meter location for the individual occupancy, sewer collection systems at property line on residential or single-occupancy commercial properties, or on multi-occupancy properties at manhole or wye lateral extended to an invert elevation as engineered to accommodate future building sewers, water distribution systems, or storm sewer collection systems at storm sewer structures. However, an underground utility and excavation contractor may install empty underground conduits in rights-of-way, easements, platted rights-of-way in new site development, and sleeves for parking lot crossings no smaller than 2 inches in diameter if each conduit system installed is designed by a licensed professional engineer or an authorized employee of a municipality, county, or public utility and the installation of such conduit does not include installation of any conductor wiring or connection to an energized electrical system. A Florida Underground Utility and Excavation Contractor may not install piping that is an integral part of a fire protection system as defined in s. 633.021 beginning at the point where the piping is used exclusively for such system. For this type of installation a Florida Fire Protection V Contractor License is required instead.
Below are some of the requirements needed to become a licensed Underground Utility Contractor in the State of Florida:
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Underground Utility 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 Underground Utility 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.
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.
Applicants for the Certified Underground Utility Contractor License must have experience in the installation of:
Main Sanitary Sewer Collection Systems
Main Water Distribution Systems
Storm Sewer Collection Systems
Additional experience in the areas below can also be used:
Repair of Main Sanitary Sewer
Repair of Main Water Distribution Systems
Repair of Storm Sewer Collection Systems
Installation/Repair of Conventional (Open Trench) Pipe
Directional Boring/Auger, Boring/Jacking and Boring
Meter Installation/Flow Regulator
Installation of Wet and Dry Taps
Grouting and Pipeline Abandonment/Removal
Empty Conduit Installation
Installation of Reclaimed Water Systems
Construction/Installation of Pump Stations, Lift Stations and Wet Wells
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.
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 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 Underground Utility Contractor’s License, you may visit the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board’s site.
Florida Underground Utility Contractor Exams
Florida Underground Utility 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!
Underground Utility Exam
This open-book test consists of 80 questions involving the following subjects: Pre-Installation; Traffic Control; Excavating, Backfill, and Compaction; Pipe Installation and Repairs; Piping, Valves and Fittings; Testing and Disinfecting; Drainage Systems; 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 Underground Utility Contractor Classes
Our Underground Utilities in-person and home study classes prepare students for the Florida Underground Utilities exams with the State of Florida. Students learn how to find information quickly within the reference books, as well as how to solve the different math problems involved. Contractors must pass both the Underground Utilities and Business and Finance tests to get the CUC (Certified Underground Utilities and Excavation Contractor) license. Our tabbing system allows students to find information faster within their books, and our lecture videos walk you through all the steps involved in the solution of the different math problems. You can take Underground Utility 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 Underground Utility Contractor Exam Problems. The Underground Utility Contractor Classes prepare you for the trade and business exams. Florida Underground Utility Contractor Testing Schedule. You must pass all exams before applying for the Underground Utility Contractor’s License in Florida. To sign up for the Florida Underground Utility Contractor classes, simply click on the "enroll" button below and checkout; this will allow you to receive immediate access to the Florida Underground Utility 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 Underground Utility Contractor exams needed to get the Underground Utility 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 Underground Utility Contractor Exams click on the link within the course description below.
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.
Florida Underground Utilities Contractor Books
The set of books includes all required references for both the Underground Utility 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.