Become a Licensed General Contractor in Florida

Aug 31, 2022 | Uncategorized

It’s challenging to become a licensed and certified or registered general contractor, otherwise everybody would do it.  

The state of Florida has established a Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  The DBPR is the agency charged with licensing and regulating businesses and professionals in the State of Florida, such as general contractors, electricians and plumbers, cosmetologists, veterinarians, real estate agents and more. Their mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly, as a representative of the citizens of Florida.  The DBPR establishes boards to regulate each industry including the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) which regulates the groups within the construction industry.

Among the responsibilities of the CILB is  managing the licensing requirements for general contracting, plumbing, roofing, and electrical work among others.  Part of their mandate is to develop and manage the exams that are part of the process of becoming licensed, registered, and certified construction professionals.  For general contractors, passing those exams and meeting the other requirements for licensure is designed to demonstrate the minimal necessary raw talent needed to become a safe, legitimate general contractor in Florida.  This is accomplished in several ways:

1. The tests require an investment in time and money to take the tests.

The tests require an investment in time and money to take the tests.  There are three of them, and they are 6.5, 4.5, and 4.5 hours long.  Each is an endurance test, as well as a test of your ability to score a 70% on each of them.  You feel like chewing your arm off after about an hour and a half.  If you can do this, you might be able to make a living as a contractor.

2. There are 12 reference works that can be used across three tests.

 These references cover the basics of how to effectively run a general contracting business.  The selections are purposeful:

  • AIA Contract Documents
    • Florida Statutes chapter 455actual laws!  This chapter can be used only in the finance and accounting exam.
    • Builders Guide to Accounting shows us how to set up our financial system and stay out of trouble, and can be used only in the business and finance exam.
    • American Institute of Architecture has standard documents to manage contracts, and relationships between architects, contractors, subcontractors, the owner, and so on.  Familiarity with use of these contract documents will help GCs be successful and avoid costly setbacks.  We can bring AIA 201, AIA 401, and AIA 701 into all three of the examinations.
    • Florida Contractors Manual can be used in all of the exams.  This text has 13 separate chapters, each written by an expert in the State of Florida, and each stands as a separate reference work.  This can be used in all three of the exams.
    • The OSHA book. Also known as Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926.  All things “Safety”.  Can be used in the Project management and Contract Administration tests.
    • Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida can be used in the Project management and Contract Administration tests.
    • The Truss book.  Also known as Building Component Safety Information: BCSI-ED2-D “Guide to Good Practices for Handling, Installing and Bracing of Metal Connected Wood Trusses.”  All things Trusses.  Can be used in the Project management and Contract Administration tests.
    • 5 Florida Building Code books.  Building, Existing Building, Accessibility, Residential, and Energy Conservation.  Can be used in the Project management and Contract Administration tests.

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