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.

Licensing Requirements

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

Age

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Examination

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.

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.
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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
    • Collection Systems
    • Repair of Main Water Distribution Systems
    • Repair of Storm Sewer Collection Systems
    • Installation/Repair of Conventional (Open Trench) Pipe
    • Trenchless Technologies
    • 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.

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 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.

 

 

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.

FLORIDA UNDERGROUND UTILITIES - BOOK SET WITHOUT TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

Sales price: $872.80

 

FLORIDA UNDERGROUND UTILITIES - BOOK SET WITH TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

Sales price: $972.80

 

List of Books for the Underground Utility Contractor Trade Exams

List of Books for the Business and Finance Exam