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Florida

You need to be registered or certified to do construction work in Florida. You can get a "registered" contractor's license at the local level, unless a certified license is required by the county you want to perform the work in. Contractors with a "certified" license are allowed to work anywhere in the state.

maglass.gif (1144 bytes)To find out if a certified contractor or electrician is licensed in Florida, click on https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp.


Certified licenses are issued by:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Business & Professional Regulation
Construction Industry Licensing Board
Attention: Examination
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1039
(850) 487-1395
Fax: (850) 921-4216
http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/ 
callcenter@dbpr.state.fl.us
Please include "construction" in the subject line

Certified Contractor's Licenses

Here's a list of the certified contractor's licenses the Board issues:

Division 1
General
Building
Residential
 
Division 2
Mechanical
Air conditioning class A
Air conditioning class B
Glass and glazing specialty
Roofing
Solar
Sheet metal
Commercial pool/spa*
Residential pool/spa
Pool/spa Servicing
Plumbing
Solar water heating specialty
Underground utility and excavation
Pollutant storage systems
Gypsum drywall specialty
Structure specialty
Gas line specialty
Tank lining applicator
Precision tank tester
Dry wall specialty

To qualify for the examination you must be at least 18 years old. You must also meet one of the following requirements:

Applications are submitted directly to the testing vendor. Contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Professional Testing, Inc.
State of Florida Construction Program
P.O. Box 532018
Orlando, FL 32853-2018
(407) 264-0562

http://www.floridaexam.com

The Division I exams have three parts; business and finance, contract administration, and project management. The Division II exams have two parts; business and finance, and trade knowledge.

To become a licensed certified contractor, an applicant must pass all parts of the exam, meet education/experience requirements, obtain worker's compensation coverage and demonstrate financial responsibility.

Minimum amounts required for general liability insurance are :
General and building contractors - $300,000 bodily injury, 50,000 property damage
All other categories - 100,000 bodily injury, 25,000 property damage

If you have a trade license from another state, you may qualify for the trade exam if you can prove you got your license by passing an exam,  that your license required experience equal to what the Board requires and documentation regarding scope of work allowed by the licensee. Other than this Florida doesn't have any reciprocity or endorsement agreements other states.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)The fee for the examination is $135. If you are applying between June 4th of an even year and August 31st of an odd year, the license will be $409. If you are applying between September 1st of an odd year and June 3rd of an even year, the license will cost $309. If you paid $354 and submitted your examination application before February 11, 2003, your fee will be $209 and $109 respectively.

You must include a credit report with your application package. For a list of acceptable credit report agencies, click here.

Recommended Reading for the Contractor's Exam

Check with the exam agency for an updated list of references. Here are a some recommendations.

General, Building and Residential

General Conditions of Contract, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Instructions to Bidders, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Contractors Manual, Association of Builders and Contractors Insttitute, 3730 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

Change Order, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Application and Certificate for Payment, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Continuation Sheet, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Contractor's Affidavit of Release of Liens, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Building Estimator's Reference Book, Walker's 27th Edition, Frank R. Walker Company, P.O. Box 318, 1989 University Lane, Unit C, Lisle, IL 60532, http://www.frankrwalker.com 

Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.gov 

Commentary and Recommendations for Handling, Installing and Bracing Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, HIB-91, Truss Plate Institute Inc., 583 D'Onorfio Drive, Ste 200, Madison, WI 53719

Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, Steven H. Kosmatka, Beatrix Kerkhoff and William C. Panarese, Portland Cement Association, 5420 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077

Placing Reinforcing Bars, CRSI Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, 933 North Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173, http://www.crsi.org

Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, Ronald C. Smith and Cameron K. Andres, Prentice-Hall Publishers, 200 Old Tappan, Old Tappan, NJ 07675

Recommended Specifications for the Application and Finishing of Gypsum Board, GA-216, Gypsum Association, 810 First Street, NE, #510, Washington, DC 20002, http://www.gypsum.org 

Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida, Florida Energy Extension Service, University of Florida/IFAS Publications, P.O. Box 110011, Gainesville, FL, 32611, (800) 226-1764

Florida Building Code - Building, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Mechanical, A and B Air Conditioning, and Sheet Metal 

Contractors Manual, Association of Builders and Contractors Institute, 3730 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

General Conditions of Contract, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Instructions to Bidders, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Troubleshooting Handbook, Billy Langley, Prentice-Hall, Inc., P.O. Box 11071, De Moines, IA 50336, http://www.prenhall.com 

Code of Federal Regulations, OSHA, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.gov 

Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems, National Fire Protection Association, Inc., 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269, http://www.nfpa.org 

Installation of Warm Air Heating and Air Conditioning Systems, National Fire Protection Association, Inc., 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269, http://www.nfpa.org 

Standard for Exhaust Systems for Air Conveying of Vapors, Gases, Mists, and Noncombustible Particulate Solids, National Fire Protection Association, Inc., 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269, http://www.nfpa.org 

Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, National Fire Protection Association, Inc., 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269, http://www.nfpa.org 

Health Care Facilities (Chapter 2 & 4, Appendix A & C), National Fire Protection Association, Inc., 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269, http://www.nfpa.org 

Pipe Hangers and Supports, Selection and Application, SP-69, Manufacturer's Standardization Society, 127 Park St. NE, Vienna, VA 22180

Pipefitter's Handbook, Forrest R. Lindsey, Industrial Press, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, http://www.industrialpress.com 

Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards, Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Inc., 4201 LaFayette Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 22021, http://www.smacna.org 

HVAC Duct Construction Standards, Metal and Flexible, Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Inc., 4201 LaFayette Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 22021, http://www.smacna.org

Architectural Sheet Metal Manual, Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Inc., 4201 LaFayette Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 22021, http://www.smacna.org

Energy Systems Analysis and Management, Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Inc., 4201 LaFayette Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 22021, http://www.smacna.org

Trane Air Conditioning Manual, The Trane Company, 8929 Western Way, Jacksonville, FL 32256, http://www.trane.com 

Trane Ductulator, The Trane Company, 8929 Western Way, Jacksonville, FL 32256, http://www.trane.com 

Trane Reciprocating Refrigeration, The Trane Company, 8929 Western Way, Jacksonville, FL 32256, http://www.trane.com 

Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida, Florida Energy Extension Service, University of Florida/IFAS Publications, P.O. Box 110011 Gainesville, FL 32611

Florida Building Code - Mechanical, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Florida Building Code - Fuel Gas, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Underground Utility

Contractors Manual, Association of Builders and Contractors Institute, 3730 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

General Conditions of Contract, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Instructions to Bidders, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Installation Guide Ductile Iron Pipe, Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association, 245 Riverchase Pkwy. East, Suite O, Birmingham, AL 35244, http://www.dipra.org 

AWWA Standard for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Pressure Pipe, 4 inch through 12 inch for Water Distribution, C900-97, American Water Works Association, 6666 W. Quincy Ave., Denver, CO 80235, http://www.awwa.org 

Building Estimator's Reference Book, Frank R. Walker Company, P.O. Box 1989 University Lane, Unit C, Lisle, IL 60532

Chapter 64E-6, Florida Administrative Code, Standards for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems, Department of Health, Tallahassee, FL 32399, http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/ostds/pdfiles/forms/64e6.pdf 

Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.org 

Concrete Pipe Installation Manual, American Concrete Pipe Association, 8320 Old Courthouse Road, Vienne, VA 22180, http://www.concrete-pipe.org 

Pipe & Excavation Contracting, Dave Roberts, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, http://www.craftsman-book.com 

Utility Accommodation Manual, State of Florida, Department of Transportation, Hayden Burns Bldg., 605 Suwannee St., Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Handbook of PVC Pipe Design and Construction, Uni-bell PVC Pipe Association, 2655 Villa Creek Drive, Ste. 155, Dallas, TX 75234

Excavation Guide, Sunshine State One-Call of Florida, Inc., 11 Plantation Road, DeBarry, FL 32713, http://www.callsunshine.com 

Design Standards, Florida Department of Transportation, Maps & Publications Sales, Mail Station 12, 605 Suwannee St., Tallahassee, FL 32399, http://www.dot.state.fl.us/MapsAndPublications/manuals/pub-list.htm 

555-Directional Bore, 556-Jack & Bore, State of Florida, Department of Transportation, Hayden Burnes Bldg., 605 Suwannee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399, http://www11.myflorida.com/rddesign/utilities/files/utilities.htm  

Florida Building Code, Plumbing, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35231, http://www.sbcci.org 

Plumbing

Contractors Manual, Association of Builders and Contractors Institute, 3730 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

General Conditions of Contract, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Instructions to Bidders, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Chapter 64E-6, Florida Administrative Code, Standards for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems, Department of Health, Tallahassee, FL 32399, http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/ostds/pdfiles/forms/64e6.pdf 

Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.gov 

Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters, Delmar Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 15-105, 3 Columbia Circle Drive West, Albany, NY 12203

NFPA 14 - Standard for the Installation of Standpipe, Private Hydrants and Hose Systems, National Fire Protection Association, Inc., 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269, http://www.nfpa.org 

NFPA 99 - Health Care Facilities, (Chapter 2 & 4, Appendix A & C), National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269, http://www.nfpa.org 

Solar Water and Pool Heating Design and Installation Manual, Florida Solar Energy Center, 300 State Road 401, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920, http://www.fsec.ucf.edu 

Plumber's Handbook Revised, Howard C. Massey, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, http://www.craftsman-book.com 

Florida Building Code - Plumbing, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Florida Building Code - Fuel Gas, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org

Roofing

Contractors Manual, Association of Builders and Contractors Institute, 3730 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

General Conditions of Contract, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Instructions to Bidders, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Building Estimator's Reference Book, Frank A. Walker Co., P.O. Box 318, 1989 University Lane, Unit "C", Lisle, IL 60632, http://www.frankrwalker.com 

Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, Including Subpart P, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.gov 

NRCA Roofing and Waterproofing Manual, National Roofing Contractors Association, 10255 West Higgins Road, Ste. 600, Rosemont, IL 60018, http://www.nrca.net 

SMACNA Architectural Sheet Metal Manual, Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Inc., 4201 Lafayette Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 22021, http://www.smacna.org 

Roofing Construction and Estimating, D. Atcheson, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, http://www.craftsman-book.com 

Florida Building Code - Building, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Florida Building Code - Test Protocols for High Velocity Hurricane Zones, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Commercial, Residential and Service Pool

Contractors Manual, Association of Builders and Contractors Institute, 3730 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

General Conditions of Contract, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Instructions to Bidders, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Standard for Permanently Installed Residential Spas, National Spa and Pool Institute, 2111 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA (703) 838-0083

Standard for Public Spas, National Spa and Pool Institute, 2111 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA (703) 838-0083

Standard for Public Swimming Pools, National Spa and Pool Institute, 2111 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA (703) 838-0083

Standard for Residential Inground Swimming Pools, National Spa and Pool Institute, 2111 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA (703) 838-0083

Building Estimator's Reference Book, Frank R. Walker Company, P.O. Box 318, 1989 University Lane, Unit C, Lisle, IL 60532

Chapter 64E-9, Public Swimming Pools and Bathing Places, Department of Health, Tallahassee, FL 32399, http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/swim/download.html 

Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.org 

Concrete Masonry Handbook for Architects, Engineers and Builders, Portland Cement Association, 5420 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077, http://www.portcement.org 

Guide to Shotcrete, 506R.90, American Concrete Institute, P.O. Box 19150, 22400 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit, MI 48219, http://www.concrete.org 

NFPA 70 - National Electrical Code, Article 680 Swimming Pools, Fountains and Similar Installations, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269, http://www.nfpa.org 

Official Swimming Pool Design Compendium, National Swimming Pool Foundation, 10803 Gulfdale, Suite 300, San Antonio, TX 78216

Placing Reinforcing Bars, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, 933 North Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173, http://www.crsi.org 

Pool/Spa Operator's Handbook, National Swimming Pool Foundation, 224 East Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, http://www.nspf.com 

Florida Building Code - Building, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Gas Line

Contractors Manual, Association of Builders and Contractors Institute, 3730 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

General Conditions of Contract, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Instructions to Bidders, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Building Estimator's Reference Book, Frank R. Walker Company, P.O. Box 318, 1989 University Lane, Unit C, Lisle, IL 60532

Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.org 

Pipe & Excavation Contracting, Dave Roberts, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Pipefitter's Handbook, Forrest R. Lindsey, Industrial Press, Inc., 200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, http://www.industrialpress.com 

Utility Accommodation Manual, State of Florida, Department of Transportation, Hayden Burnes Bldg., 605 Suwannee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399, http://www11.myflorida.com/rddesign/utilites/files/manuals.htm 

Excavation Guide, Sunshine State One-Call of Florida, Inc., 11 Plantation Road, DeBarry, FL 32713, http://www.callsunshine.com 

Florida Department of Transportation Trucking Manual, American Trucking Association, 1815 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303

Welding of Pipelines & Related Facilities, API Standard 1104, American Petroleum Institute, 1220 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, http://www.api.org 

Code of Federal Regulations, Pipeline Safety Regulations, CFR 49, Part 192, US Dept. of Public Information, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.gov 

2008 National Equipment and Earthmoving Excavator, Dan Atcheson, Craftsman Book Company,  6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Earthmoving Equipment Production Rates & Costs, Dan Atcheson, Construction Estimating Institute, 5011 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34242, http://www.estimating.org 

Specification for Line Pipe, API Specification 5L, American Petroleum Institute, 1220 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Document D-2513-03a, Standard Specification for Thermoplastic Gas Pressure Pipe, Tubing and Fittings, American Society for Testing & Materials, 1916 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, http://www.astm.org 

Rules of the Public Service Commission, Chapter 25-12, Safety of Gas Transportation by Pipeline, State of Florida, Public Service Commission, 2540 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399, http://www.psc.state.fl.us/rules.pdf 

Pipeline Valves (Gate, Plug, Ball and Check Valves), API Specification 6D, American Petroleum Institute, 1220 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, http://www.api.org 

Metals and How to Weld Them, 22801 St. Claire Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44117

555-Directional Bore and 556-Jack & Bore, State of Florida, Department of Transportation, Hayden Burnes Bldg., 605 Suwannee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399, http://www11.myflorida.com/rddesign/utilities/files/utilities.htm 

Florida Building Code - Fuel Gas, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Pollutant Storage

Contractors Manual, Association of Builders and Contractors Institute, 3730 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

General Conditions of Contract, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Instructions to Bidders, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Building Estimator's Reference Book, Frank R. Walker Company, P.O. Box 318, 1989 University Lane, Unit C, Lisle, IL 60532

Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.org 

NFPA 30 - Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269, http://www.nfpa.org 

NFPA 30A - Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269, http://www.nfpa.org 

Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) Part 1900-1910, Safety and Health Standards, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.gov 

Pipefitter's Handbook, Forrest R. Lindsey, Industrial Press, Inc., 200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Recommended Practices for Installation of Underground Liquid Storage Systems, PEI/RP100-2000, Petroleum Equipment Institute, P.O. Box 2380, Tulsa, OK 74101, http://www.peinet.org 

Steel Underground Tanks for Flammable and Combustible Liquids, UL58, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., 333 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, IL 60062

Petroleum Storage Systems, Chapter 62-761, State of Florida, Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blairstone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399, http://www.dep.state.fl.us/legal/legaldocuments/rules/waste/62-761.pdf 

Recommended Practices for Installation of Aboveground Storage Systems for Motor Vehicle Fuels, PEI/RP200-03, Petroleum Equipment Institute, P.O. Box 2380, Tulsa, OK 74101, http://www.peinet.org 

Recommended Practices for Installation and Testing of Vapor Recovery Systems at Vehicle Fueling Sites PEI/RP300-97, Petroleum Equipment Institute, P.O. Box 2380, Tulsa, OK 74101, http://www.peinet.org 

Florida Building Code, Building, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Florida Building Code - Plumbing, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Solar

Contractor's Manual, Association of Builders and Contractors Institute, Inc., 3730 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

General Conditions of Contract, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Instructions to Bidders, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Active Solar Heating Systems Installation Manual, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, 1971 Tullie Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, http://www.ashrae.org 

Building Estimator's Reference Book, Frank R. Walker Company, P.O. Box 318, 1989 University Lane, Unit C, Lisle, IL 60532

Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.org 

Maintenance and Operation of Stand-Alone Photovoltaic Systems, Sandia National Laboratories, PV Design Assistance Center, Department 6218, Albuquerque, NM 87185

National Electrical Code, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269, http://www.nfpa.org 

Photovoltaic System Design, Florida Solar Energy Center, 300 State Road 401, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920, http://www.fsec.ucf.edu 

Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems Repair and Maintenance Manual, Florida Solar Energy Center, 300 State Road 401, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920, http://www.fsec.ucf.edu 

Solar Water and Pool Heating Design and Installation Manual, Florida Solar Energy Center, 300 State Road 401, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920, http://www.fsec.ucf.edu 

Roofing Construction and Estimating, D. Atcheson, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Florida Building Code - Plumbing, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Gypsum Drywall

Contractor's Manual, Association of Builders and Contractors Institute, Inc., 3730 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

General Conditions of Contract, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Instructions to Bidders, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Standard Specifications for Gypsum Wallboard, American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, PA 19428, http://www.astm.org 

Standard Specification for Treated Core and Nontreated Core Gypsum Sheathing Board, American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, PA 19428, http://www.astm.org 

Standard Specification for Gypsum Backing Board, Gypsum Coreboard and Gypsum Shaftliner Board, American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, PA 19428, http://www.astm.org 

Standard Specification for Joint Compound and Joint Tape for Finishing Gypsum Board, American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, PA 19428, http://www.astm.org 

Standard Specification for Nails for the Application of Gypsum Board, American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, PA 19428, http://www.astm.org 

Standard Specification for Adhesives for Fastening Gypsum Wallboard to Wood Framing, American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, PA 19428, http://www.astm.org 

Standard Specification for Water-Resistant Gypsum Backing Board, American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, PA 19428, http://www.astm.org 

Standard Specification for Installation of Steel Framing Members to Receive Screw-Attached Gypsum Panel Products, American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, PA 19428, http://www.astm.org 

Standard Specification for Application and Finishing of Gypsum Board, American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, PA 19428, http://www.astm.org 

Standard Specification for Application of Gypsum Base to Receive Hypsum Veneer Plaster, American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, PA 19428, http://www.astm.org 

Standard Specification for Exterior Gypsum Soffit Board, American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, PA 19428, http://www.astm.org 

Standard Specification Installation of Load Bearing (Transverse and Axial) Steel Studs and Related Accessories,, American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, PA 19428, http://www.astm.org 

Standard Specification for Accessories for Gypsum Wallboard and Gypsum Veneer Base, American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Conshohocken, PA 19428, http://www.astm.org 

Building Estimator's Reference Book, Frank R. Walker Company, P.O. Box 318, 1989 University Lane, Unit C, Lisle, IL 60532, http://www.frankrwalker.com 

Ceiling Systems Handbook, A. Stahl, Ceilings and Interior Systems Contractors, 579 West North Avenue, Suite 301, Elmhurst, IL 60126, http://www.cisca.org 

Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.org 

Gypsum Construction Handbook, USG Company, 125 South Franklin St., Dept 147-4, Chicago, IL 60606, http://www.usg.com 

Recommended Specifications for the Application and Finishing of Gypsum Board, GA-216, Gypsum Association, 810 First Street NE, #510, Washington, DC 20002, http://www.gypsum.org 

Florida Building Code - Building, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Specialty Structure

Contractor's Manual, Association of Builders and Contractors Institute, Inc., 3730 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

General Conditions of Contract, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Instructions to Bidders, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Building Estimator's Reference Book, Frank R. Walker Company, P.O. Box 318, 1989 University Lane, Unit C, Lisle, IL 60532

Cement Mason's Guide, Portland Cement Association, 5420 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077, http://www.portcement.org 

Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.org 

Concrete Masonry Handbook for Architects, Engineers and Builders, Portland Cement Association, 5420 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077, http://www.portcement.org 

Design of Wood Frame Structures for Permanence, Wood Construction Data, #6, The American Forest and Paper Association, 1111 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036, http://www.afandpa.org 

Vinyl Siding Installation: A How-To Guide, Published by Vinyl Siding Institute of the Society of the Plastics Industry, 355 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017, http://www.vinylsiding.org 

Guide to Aluminum Construction in High Wind Areas, Published by AAF (Aluminum Association of Florida), P.O. Box 140532, Orlando, FL 32814, http://www.aaof.org/BookRegistration/index.htm 

Florida Building Code - Building, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Glass and Glazing

Contractor's Manual, Association of Builders and Contractors Institute, Inc., 3730 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

General Conditions of Contract, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Instructions to Bidders, American Institute of Architects, P.O. Box 60, Williston, VT 05495, http://www.aia.org/books 

Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (800) 829-8123, http://www.craftsman-book.com

Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, The Government Printing Office Bookstore, 100 West Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, http://www.osha.org 

Florida Building Code - Building, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

Florida Building Code - Test Protocols for High Velocity Hurricane Zones, Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, http://www.sbcci.org 

*Reference materials are unique per category and change at least every 3-6 months. A current list will be sent with your application package. 

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Electrician's Licenses

To do electrical work statewide in Florida you need to be certified by the Electrical Contractors Licensing Board. To apply for certification, contact them at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Electrical Contractors Licensing Board
1940 N. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0071
(850) 487-1395
http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/elboard/index.html
E-mail: callcenter@dbpr.state.fl.us 
Please include "electrical" in subject line

The Board issues these types of certificates:
Electrical contractor
Alarm contractor I (all alarm systems)
Alarm contractor II (excludes fire alarm systems)
Specialty

To qualify for the exam the Board requires for a certificate, you need to fulfill one of the following requirements:

Exams are given by:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Bureau of Education and Testing
1940 N. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0071
(850) 488-5952
Fax: (850) 487-9757 
http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/servop/testing/test_index.shtml 

The exam is open book on three subjects -- general business, technical knowledge, and safety. Here's the information on each type of certificate and the percentage of the exam that's devoted to each subject:

Certificate Type # of Questions
Business CBT Exam (required of all certifications)
Maintaining cash flow 3 - 5
Estimating and bidding 5 - 7
Interpretation of contracts and agreements 4 - 6
Purchasing control 0 - 2
Contract scheduling 3 - 5
Obtaining insurance and bonding 4 - 6
Complying with contracting laws and rules 5 - 7
Personnel management 3 - 5
Complying with payroll and sales tax laws 6 - 8
Interpretation of financial statements and reports 4 - 6
Management accounting 2 - 4
Unlimited Electrical Contractor
General theory and principles 19 - 21
Plan and specification reading and interpretation 7 - 9
Wiring and protection 13 - 15
Wiring methods and materials 11 - 13
Special occupancies and situations 13 - 15
OSHA, safety, testing procedure, tool and equipment use 8 - 10
Americans with Disabilities Act, life safety 4 - 6
Electrical signs, outline lighting and structural considerations 2 - 4
Alarms and limited energy 14 - 16
 
Residential Electrical Contractor
General theory and principles 13 - 15
Plan and specification reading and interpretation 12 - 14
Wiring and protection 6 - 8
OSHA, safety, testing procedure, tool and equipment use 8 - 10
Residential life safety and ADA 4 - 6
Motors 4 - 6
Box fill 4 - 6
Demand loads 5 - 7
Conduit fill 2 - 4
Grounding connectors 7 - 9
Neutral loads 3 - 5
Appliance loads 6 - 8
Service 8 - 10
Voltage drop 4 - 6
 
Alarm Contractor I (all alarm systems)
General theory and principles 17 - 19
Plan and specification reading and interpretation 18 - 20
Wiring and protection 2 - 4
Wiring methods and materials 2 - 4
Special occupancies and situations 0 - 2
OSHA, safety, testing procedure, tool and equipment use 8 - 10
Americans with Disabilities Act, life safety 4 - 6
Limited energy, low voltage 6 - 8
Central station facilities and signaling 6 - 8
Premises protective signaling systems 6 - 8
Initiating devices 12 - 14
Burglar alarms 7 - 9
 
Alarm Contractor II (excludes fire alarm systems)
General theory and principles 14 - 16
Plan, schematics and diagram reading and interpretation 18 - 20
Wiring and protection 2 - 4
Wiring methods and materials 2 - 4
Special occupancies and situations 2 - 4
OSHA, safety, testing procedure, tool and equipment use 8 - 10
Americans with Disabilities Act 4 - 6
Limited energy, low voltage 6 - 8
Central station facilities and signaling 6 - 8
Premises protective signaling systems 7 - 9
Initiating devices 7 - 9
Burglar alarms 12 - 14
 
Limited Energy Specialty Contractor
General theory and principles 26 - 28
Plan, schematics and diagram reading and interpretation 21 - 23
Wiring and protection 10 - 12
Wiring methods and materials 10 - 12
OSHA, safety, testing procedure, tool and equipment use 9 - 11
Americans with Disabilities Act 1 - 3
Limited energy, low voltage 16 - 18
 
Sign Specialty Electrical Contractor
General theory and principles 23 - 25
Plan, schematics and diagram reading and interpretation 5 - 7
Wiring and protection 13 - 15
Wiring methods and materials 13 - 15
OSHA, safety, testing procedure, tool and equipment use 9 - 11
Electrical signs, outline lighting and structural 26 - 28
Signs, neon 4 - 6
 
Lighting Maintenance Specialty Electrical Contractor
General theory and principles 25 - 27
Wiring and protection 18 - 20
Wiring methods and materials 18 - 20
OSHA, safety, testing procedure, tool and equipment use 9 - 11
Electrical signs, outline lighting and structural 18 - 20
Signs, neon 6 - 8
 
Utility Line Electrical Contractor
General theory and principles 15 - 17
Plan specification reading and interpretation 9 - 11
Wiring and protection 4 - 6
Wiring methods and materials 34 - 36
OSHA, safety, testing procedure, tool and equipment use 13 - 15
Utility safety 19 - 21

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Electrician's license fees: It will cost you $300 nonrefundable to file an application for certification by examination. The certificate costs $250. A certificate is good for two years.

With all these certificates, if you can prove you have a valid license in a state with qualifications at least equal to Florida's, you can get a Florida certificate without taking an exam. You still need to pay the fees though.

Recommended Reading for the Contractor's Exam

Check with the exam agency for an updated list of references. Here are a few recommendations.

Contractors Manual, Association of Builders and Contractors Institute, 3730 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29, Part 1926, Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, also available at http://www.manncomm.com 

NFPA 70 - National Electrical Code, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269

The references listed above cover all electrical exam categories. More recommended references are available for each category. Check the Board's website for a detailed list.

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Asbestos Contractor Licenses

To do asbestos work statewide in Florida you need to be certified by:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Asbestos Licensing Unit
1940 N. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0071
(850) 487-1395
http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/asbest/index.html
E-mail: callcenter@dbpr.state.fl.us
Please include "asbestos" in the subject line

The Unit issues licenses for asbestos consultants, asbestos contractors or business organizations. 

Education and experience requirements:

To qualify for an asbestos consultant license, you must hold a current, valid and active license as a professional engineer, architect, geologist, diplomat of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (517-321-2638), or certified safety professional by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (217-359-9263). Completion of the following courses is required; a 3-day asbestos survey and mechanical systems inspector course, a 2-day management planning course, a 3-day project designer course and a 3-day respiratory protection course. You must also have completed at least 10 asbestos projects within the last 5 years in areas such as asbestos surveys, development of operations and maintenance plans, asbestos abatement and supervision and design of asbestos abatement projects.

To qualify for an asbestos contractor license, you must have proof of completion of a 5-day contractor/supervisor course, a 3-day respiratory protection course and at least 10 asbestos projects within the last 5 years.

To qualify as an individual you must submit:

Exams are administered by:
  
contact.GIF (447 bytes) Pearson VUE
http://www.pearsonvue.com/

The asbestos consultant exam is 100 multiple-choice questions and lasts 2-1/2 hours. Subject area is as follows:
  
Subject Area % of Exam
Preparing and evaluating adherence to technical specifications 40
Preparing and evaluating adherence to non-technical specifications 10
Administering contracts 10
Identifying probable asbestos location 10
Conducting on-site inspections 10
Preparing, conducting and evaluating abatement management plans 10
Conduct and evaluate sampling and monitoring procedures 10

The asbestos contractor's exam consists of two portions. The technical knowledge portion has 100 multiple-choice questions and lasts 2-1/2 hours. The business knowledge portion has 50 multiple-choice questions and lasts 1-1/2 hours. 
 
Technical Knowledge Subjects % of Exam
Submittals/Notices 10
Protecting personnel 20
Preparing for abatement 25
Abatement procedures 15
Post-abatement procedures 20
NESHAP regulations 10
   
Business Knowledge Subjects % of Exam
Maintaining cash flow 4
Estimating and bidding 8
Negotiating and interpreting contracts and agreements 20
Processing change orders 8
Purchasing control 4
Scheduling contract 10
Insurance and bonding 14
Contracting laws and rules 10
Managing personnel 16
Payroll and sales tax laws 6

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Asbestos contractor fees: The asbestos consultant application and license will cost $1,172.50. The contractor application and license will cost $1,153. The consultant exam is $32.50 and the contractor exam is $52. Licenses expire November 30th of every even-numbered year.

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

To bid on construction work for the Florida Department of Transportation costing more than $250,000 you must be prequalified by the Department. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Contracts Administration Office
Florida Department of Transportation
Room 60, MS #55
605 Suwannee Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0455
(850) 414-4000
(850) 414-4947
http://www.dot.state.fl.us/ 
E-mail: contracts.admin@dot.state.fl.us 

Some of the details the Department will ask you about are your organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience. They will use this information to set bid limits for your company. You'll also be asked what type of work you want to be qualified for. Here are the types of work the Department uses:

Bridges (major, intermediate, minor)
Bascule bridge rehabilitation
Grading
Drainage
Flexible paving
Portland cement concrete paving
Hot plant-mixed bituminous
Specialty work

electrical computerized traffic control systems
fencing bridge painting
guardrails pavement markings
grassing, seeding and sodding roadway signing
landscaping other
traffic signals

You have to file a new application every year, or more often if the Department asks you to. You also need to file again if there's a significant change in the structure of your company.

You need to get an Occupation License in each county in which you have a separate place of business. You get the license from the tax collector of the county.

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Out-of-State Corporations

Out-of-state corporations and limited partnerships need to file an application before doing any business in the state. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of State
Office of the Secretary of State
Division of Corporations, Registration Section
P.O. Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314
(850) 245-6051
http://www.dos.state.fl.us/

For corporations filing, click on http://sunbiz.org/.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Foreign corporation filing fee: The filing fee is $87.50.

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