What's the Easiest Contractor’s License I can get in Florida?

When looking for a contractor’s license, there are three main contractor licenses you can choose. The easiest to go with would be a Residential Contractor license, mainly because there are fewer questions on the exam. However, it has the same process as General and Building, and the experience is still the same for all three.

Contractor Licenses

Florida Residential Contractor License

Build and remodel houses, no commercial construction

  • Residential Contract Administration Exam
  • This test contains 45 questions, it is an open book and lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes (morning session)
  • Residential Project Management Exam
    This test contains 60 questions, it is an open book and lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes (afternoon session)

Florida Building Contractor License

Up to three stories (new construction), unlimited remodeling

  • Part 1 of Trade Exam
    This is an open book test with 50 questions which lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes (morning session).
  • Part 2 of Trade Exam
    This is an open book test with 50 questions which also lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes (afternoon session)

Florida General Contractor License

Unlimited height and scope of work, can sub-out all mechanical and electrical trades

  • General Contract Administration Exam Part 1 of GC Trade Exam
    Testing Method: Computer-Based Testing Testing Provider: Pearson VUE© Number of Questions: 60
  • General Project Management Exam
    Part 2 of GC Trade Exam Testing Method: Computer-Based Testing Testing Provider: Pearson VUE© Number of Questions: 60

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# Edmond 2021-12-06 22:01
Obtain a contractor license
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# Stephanie M. 2021-12-07 09:12
To obtain a Contractor's license you must take two exams. The first is the trade exam and the other is the business exam. We offer online classes and the necessary books that you will need to prepare for this exams.

For more information on a specific license, please feel free to call us at 1-866-986-7978 and one of our customer service representatives will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.
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# Lisbel Rodriguez 2022-08-17 16:02
I would like to know more information on how to take the exam for coctractor
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# Aengels G. 2022-08-17 16:18
Hello Lisbel,

To take a state Contractor License trade and business exam you must contact Pearson Vue to schedule the exam date. For more information on their contact number please click the link below.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-licenses/licensing-contact-information.html
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# Claudia Molina 2022-11-17 16:40
hi, im interested in doing the online classes to obtain the contractor's license. Please let me know on how to proceed. Thank you.
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-11-18 09:09
Hello Claudia, you can contact us at 866-986-7978, and one of our representatives will assist you with more information on the type of contractor license you are interested in obtaining. Below I have also attached a link with the Contractor Licenses available in Florida.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-licenses.html
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# Mike Carranza 2022-08-04 22:23
Is there requirements needed to take the 2 exams or am I able to just take the exams
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# Aengels G. 2022-08-05 09:52
Hello Mike,

There are no requirements to take the exams.
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# Patrick Mcfarline 2022-12-10 20:21
I would like to obtain more information on the general contractor residential license.
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-12-12 09:38
Good Morning Patrick. You can access more information regarding the General and Residential contractor license for the state of Florida in the following two links. Give us a call at 866-986-7978, and we can give you a brief explanation of how to obtain the license with the correct studying materials.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# james bennett 2022-04-11 14:29
I would like a Florida Registered licenses to build in the state of Florida (anywhere in the state).
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-04-11 16:19
Good Afternoon James, You can obtain a General, Building, or Residential Contractor License in the state of Florida. Any of these three licenses will allow you to build in every part of Florida. With the residential you can do up top two stories, building up to three and General will allow you to do commercial and residential work. We have the books and classes to prepare you for the Trade and Business exams of any of these licenses.
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# Ribamar Vieira 2022-09-29 17:15
How much do cost the books for residential contractor licence?
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# Aengels G. 2022-10-04 14:39
Hello Ribamar,
Please take a look at your email. We have sent you a proposal that includes the list of books that we offer for the Residential contractor license you are interested in obtaining.
Once you have taken the time to review the proposal and still have questions feel free to
contact us at 866-986-7978.
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# Roy E Rodriguez 2022-10-01 16:33
Hello, I’m in the Construction field but i do not know which license should i need to remodeling houses or construction
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# Aengels G. 2022-10-04 15:01
Hello Roy,

For remodeling houses or construction you can obtain a Residential contractor license, and for commercial buildings, you can obtain a General contractor license. W e have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the trade and business exams. For more information please click the links below.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html
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# Leone 2022-11-12 22:01
Could you please send me more info about books and classes for Residential Contractor. Thanks
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# Sharilyn Baez 2022-11-14 10:08
Hello Leone,
One of our representatives will send you a proposal with the books and classes that will help you pass the Trade and Business exam for the Trade and Business exam. I have also attached a link with more information on the Florida Residential Contractor License.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# Caio 2022-12-03 23:15
I would like to know more information about residential license to remodel home. I would like to know about the home restoration license as well.
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# Aengels G. 2022-12-05 13:27
Hello Caio,
For the Residential license in Florida you must pass the trade and business exams, we have the books and classes to prepare you for both exams.

To view the work you can legally do with the Residential contractor license please visit the link below.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html
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# Evan 2023-02-01 14:00
Hi, I have held a Pinellas County Painting Specialty Contractors license since 2015 as I own a paver sealing company. I guess I will have to get the residential contractor license now :/ How will I prove experience since I'm the CEO? And will they accept my say 7-8 years of licensed paver sealing experience for the residential or even general contractor license? I also have a bachelor's degree in business. Thank you
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# Aengels G. 2023-02-01 14:44
Hello Evan,
To prove your experience, the state may need additional documents showing the company statements since you are the company owner.
The GC and Residential license requires an applicant to satisfy one of the experience requirements set forth by the CILB:

1. One year of proven experience that applies to the category for which you are applying and a four-year construction-related degree from an accredited college (equivalent to 3 yrs. of experience), or
2. No less than three years of credits from accredited college-level courses and One year of experience as a foreman, or
3. Two years of credits from accredited college-level courses, one year experience as a foreman, and One year experience as a worker, or
4. One year of experience as a foreman, one year of credits from accredited college-level courses, and two years of experience as a worker, or
5. Four years of experience as a foreman or worker, of which at least one year must have been as a foreman.

We have the books and classes to prepare you to obtain a contractor license. You must pass the trade and business exams required by the DBPR.
For more detailed information on those licenses, please click the links below.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html
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# evan 2023-02-01 14:57
Thanks for the quick response. I understand the general requirements, I'm just wondering if my experience as a paver sealing/painting contractor satisfies it (your best guess) since painting is obviously different than building. On the state website in the comment sections painting contractors are advised to get a Residential Contractor License since the new law removes the painters licenses. So, maybe they will not require experience as a foreman on a build? Maybe theyll except other documents like LLC filings, some proof of work like invoices or what do you think? It seems unique applying as an already self-employed licensed contractor. Thank you
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# Aengels G. 2023-02-01 15:50
Hello Evan,
I recommend you contact the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, to verify if the experience will be removed. Their contact number is 850-487-1395, or you can also email them at callcenter@dbpr.state.fl.us.
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