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State of Florida Licensing Requirements & Information
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The construction industry includes many fields to choose from according to your qualifications and area of expertise. Training Licensing Center, offers preparation courses to better assist all contractors pursuing a state license. In the state of Florida, there are two boards; the construction board, and the electrical board. All license categories in these two boards are composed of a two day exam.
- Part 1; Business and Finance
- Part 2; Trade knowledge
Business and finance is taken the first day. For this part of your exam, we offer a study guide which contains more than 600 questions only focused on Business and Finance. The second day is when trade knowledge takes place for the following categories;
- Air Conditioning class “A”, and “B”
- General, Building
- Pollutant Storage System
- Sheet Metal
- Underground Utility Excavation Contractors within many others.
We also offer an individual study guide for this part of your exam, which contains more than 600 questions as well. In addition Training Licensing Center offers guides containing study methods and an explanation on how to use some of the books. Both, Business and Finance and Trade Knowledge make up the state license exam. We recommend you do not take the Trade Knowledge portion unless you have successfully passed Business and Finance, since some of the books used in the Business exam are also included in the Trade Knowledge. Nevertheless, you should not take both parts of the exam one day after the other. Preferably, you should wait at least a month between both parts of the exam.
These are some basic instructions to consider, for anyone trying to obtain a License in the Construction Industry for the State of Florida
The (CILB) CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD requires:
- 4 Years of Experience working under a certified Contractor.
This applies to the following contractors:
- Air Conditioning
- Pollutant Storage System
- Pool / Spa
- Sheet Metal
- Underground Utility and Excavation
The ECLB (Electrical Contractor Licensing Board) requires:
- 6 Years of Experience working under a certified Electrical Contractor, (Ways to prove your experience)
- W2 (IRS Forms) and a Affidavit of Trade Experience
- 3 Affidavit of Trade Experience (From 3 different Certified Electrical Contractors if you’re self employed)
NOTE: Please keep in mind that The Electrical Board is Separate from the construction industry board.
Training Licensing center, offers the complete preparation of the proper application packages which must be submitted for the state to review. We also run your Personal & Business credit which is also part of the application process.
These are the services we provide in relation to obtaining your license:
- Fill out and send your application
- Run your Personal and Business credit
- Create your corporation
Other requirements include:
- AGE: An individual applying for certification must be at least 18 years of age.
- FINANCIAL/CREDIT: Applicants will need to provide proof of financial stability and responsibility by submitting credit reports for themselves and the business entities they wish to qualify. Credit reports must include a FICO derived credit score and indicate that local, state and federal records have been searched. You may find additional information regarding the Board's financial requirements by visiting the Department's Financial Responsibility and Stability website.
- EXAMINATION: Individuals seeking licensure as a CERTIFIED contractor, except for Swimming Pool Specialty contractors, must first take and pass a state certification examination.
- EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION: Applicants are required to have four years of experience or a combination of college and experience. This is not a complete listing of all experience/education requirements; please see the application's instruction page for complete information.
- FINGERPRINTS: An applicant must have a background check as part of the licensing process. To learn more about fingerprinting, please visit fingerprint FAQs.
- 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 workers compensation insurance within 30 days of issuance of their license.
- FEE: Pay the required fee as provided in the application. Make check payable to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
- APPLICATION: Complete the application by clicking on the "Printable Application" link at the bottom of the page.
Thank you and good luck on your exam,
Training Licensing Center’s Staff