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FLORIDA GENERAL CONTRACTOR EXAM

STATE OF FLORIDA GENERAL CONTRACTORS LICENSE

°EXAM PREPARATION

You can enroll 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 General Contractor Exam Problems. The General Contractor Classes prepare you for the trade and business exams. Florida has two tests for trade, one is called Contract Administration and the other is called Project Management.

The trade exams can only be taken 6 times per year (Florida General Contractor Testing Schedule). You must pass all exams before applying for the General Contractor’s License in Florida. To sign up for the Florida General Contractor Programs, simply click on the “Buy Now” button below and checkout.

FLORIDA GENERAL CONTRACTOR Q&A

EXAM INFORMATION:

Florida General Contractor Exams:

Florida General Contractor must pass three exams prior to obtaining their license. Do not sign up to take your exams until you obtain your books and begin studying for them!

General Contract Administration Exam:

This is the morning test of the trade portion of the exam. This test lasts 4.5 hours, and contains 60 questions. Some of the subjects included in this test are: Pre-construction Activities, Project Contracts, Obtaining Licenses, Permits and Approvals, and Construction Procedures and Operations.

General Project Management Exam:

This is the afternoon test of the trade portion of the exam. This test lasts 4.5 hours, and contains 60 questions. Some of the subjects included in this test are: Construction Methods, Materials, Tools, and Equipment; Safety; and Reading Plans and Specifications.

Business and Finance Exam:

This business test is not taken on the same day as the trade exams listed above. 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.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS:

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

AGE:
Must be at least 18 years of age.

EXAMINATION:
Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Contract Administration, Project Management, and Business). 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 General 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.

Be a certified residential or building contractor holding an active current license for a minimum of 4 years.

ATTENTION 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.

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 General Contractor’s License, you may visit the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board’s site. http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/apply/cg.html

GENERAL CONTRACTOR LICENSE:

A Florida General Contractor’s License allows a contractor to build, repair, or remodel any type of building, regardless of use or number of stories. General Contractors in Florida can directly engage in the construction of every component of the building structure (i.e. Concrete, Structural Steel, Framing, Painting, Tile, etc.) except the major specialty trades like Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Roofing.
A General Contractor must subcontract this type of work to licensed contractors in those trades.

A General Contractor can remodel or build any structure in Florida, whether it is used for residential or commercial purposes. When a General Contractor submits a permit application for the construction of a new building, he/she must include the license information of the Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical (A/C), and other specialty contractors who will be involved in the project as Sub-Contractors. These specialty contractors are typically paid by and report to the General Contractor (Prime Contractor).

Although the construction of residential properties in Florida only requires the use of a Residential Contractor’s License, home builders in Florida often obtain the General Contractor’s license to keep their options open if any commercial construction opportunities arise.

A General Contractor’s License is not a good alternative for those contractors engaging in a single construction trade or activity like painting or tile. To use the painting trade as an example, if a Painting Contractor in Florida does exclusively painting work and does not have a need to be licensed in multiple trades, it does not make sense for him/her to obtain a General Contractor’s License and should look for a better licensing alternative. On the other hand, if a contractor is experienced enough in construction and does wish to work across multiple construction trades, the General Contractor License is the answer.

STATE GENERAL CONTRACTOR COURSES

COMPLETE PLATINUM PACKAGE

$795.00

Includes: Business & Technical:

6 Month Enrollment
Live Seminars
Instructional CD’s & DVD’s
EZ Contractors Tab’s
Class Manual

*$100 will be automatically added to the price above as a Refundable deposit for the Dvd’s & Cd’s. Once the student returns the Cd’s & Dvd’s , $100 will be refunded to the student

BUSINESS PLATINUM Package

$495.00

Includes: Business Only:

6 Month Enrollment
Live Seminars
Instructional CD’s & DVD’s
EZ Contractors Tab’s
Class Manual

*$100 will be automatically added to the price above as a Refundable deposit for the Dvd’s & Cd’s. Once the student returns the Cd’s & Dvd’s , $100 will be refunded to the student

TECHNICAL PLATINUM PACKAGE

$495.00

Includes: Technical Only:

6 Month Enrollment
Live Seminars
Instructional CD’s & DVD’s
EZ Contractors Tab’s
Class Manual

*$100 will be automatically added to the price above as a Refundable deposit for the Dvd’s & Cd’s. Once the student returns the Cd’s & Dvd’s , $100 will be refunded to the student

COMPLETE GOLD PACKAGE

$695.00

Includes: Business & Technical:

Instructional CD’s & DVD’s
EZ Contractors Tab’s
Home Study Program
2 Hours Of One on One With Instructor
Via Phone Or Webcam.

HOMESTUDY

*$100 will be automatically added to the price above as a Refundable deposit for the Dvd’s & Cd’s. Once the student returns the Cd’s & Dvd’s , $100 will be refunded to the student

BUSINESS GOLD PACKAGE

$395.00

Includes: Business Only:

Instructional CD’s & DVD’s
EZ Contractors Tab’s
Home Study Program
2 Hours Of One on One With Instructor
Via Phone Or Webcam.

HOMESTUDY

*$100 will be automatically added to the price above as a Refundable deposit for the Dvd’s & Cd’s. Once the student returns the Cd’s & Dvd’s , $100 will be refunded to the student

TECHNICAL GOLD PACKAGE

$395.00

Includes: Technical Only:

Instructional CD’s & DVD’s
EZ Contractors Tab’s
Home Study Program
2 Hours Of One on One With Instructor
Via Phone Or Webcam.

HOMESTUDY

*$100 will be automatically added to the price above as a Refundable deposit for the Dvd’s & Cd’s. Once the student returns the Cd’s & Dvd’s , $100 will be refunded to the student

COMPLETE SILVER PACKAGE

$495.00

INCLUDES: Business & Technical

1 Time Seminar Enrollment
1 Live Seminar (1 Business, 1 Tech.)
Q&A Class Manuals

BUSINESS SILVER PACKAGE

$295.00

INCLUDES: Business Only

1 Time Seminar Enrollment
Live Seminar
Q&A Class Manual

TECHNICAL SILVER PACKAGE

$295.00

INCLUDES: GC/BC/RC Tech. Only

1 Time Seminar Enrollment
Live Seminar
Q&A Class Manual

GENERAL CONTRACTOR EXAM BOOKS & STUDY AIDS:

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