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General, Building, Residential

Florida

General, Building, Residential Exam Prep

A license is required in Florida to bid on any construction project. The process and exam for general, building, and residential contractors are similar to each other. We online exam prep, books for the exam, and additional services to help you obtain your license. All our training is offered in an online self-paced format. Our exam prep is designed to help you pass your test the first time, and is backed with our no pass, no pay policy. Our courses are available from almost any device, any time. We hope that you will make RocketCert your home to help you obtain your Florida Contractor's License.

  • $299
    Construction
    Exam Prep
  • $299
    Bus. & Finance
    Exam Prep
  • $499
    Course
    Package
  • $1699
    Books & Course
    Package
Individual taking the required 8 hour pre-licensing course and exam prep for Virginia online with RocketCert
Scope of work

What type of work can be done with this license?

Licensed Contractor in Florida
  • General Contractor

    General Contractors are unlimited in the type of work they can do.

  • Building Contractor

    Building Contractors are able to work on commercial and residential structures not exceeding 3 stories in height. This includes accessory structures such as garage, guest house, etc.

  • Residential Contractor

    Residential Contractors are able to work on one, two, and three family residences not more than two stories in height. This includes accessory structures such as garage, guest house, etc.

  • Certified vs. Registered Contractor

    Certified Contractor means a contractor who is allowed to contract in any jurisdiction in the State whereas Registered Contractor is a contractor who may only contract in the jurisdiction where they fulfilled the specific competency requirements. The information on this page is for becoming a "certified" contractor.

Requirements & steps

What are the requirements to getting a license?

CONTRACTOR CLASS A RequirementsTesting

Pass 3 exams with 70% on each

  • Business and Finance
  • Contract Administration
  • Project Administration
CONTRACTOR CLASS B requirementsExperience

Meet one of the following:

  • 4 years construction degree and 1 year exp.
  • 1 year exp. as foreman and at least 3 years of college credits
  • 1 years exp. as worker, 1 year as foreman, & at least 2 years of college credits
  • 2 years exp. as worker, 1 year exp. as a foreman, & at least 1 year of college credits
  • 4 years exp. with at least 1 year being as a foreman
  • Military exp. substitutes for college
CONTRACTOR CLASS C RequirementsBusiness
  • General and Building: $300,000 public liability & $50,000 property damage
  • Residential: $100,000 public liability & $25,000 property damage
  • Obtain Workers' Compensation
  • If credit score is less than 660 or there are unsatisfied judgments, provide a bond or letter of credit. This can be reduced by 50% by completing a 14 hour financial responsibility course.

How do I obtain a license?

To apply for your license, contact the Florida DBPR at 850-487-1395 or visit the Contractor's Board Website.

14 hours of continuing education are required each renewal. Other than electrical, Florida does not have any reciprocity agreements.

With RocketCert, our education is written but a combination of professional educators and industry professionals. Our exam prep is guaranteed to help you pass the exam, and is backed with our no pass, no pay policy. We pride ourselves on providing industry leading customer service. Also, if you find a better price, we will beat it by 20%.


RocketCert customer studying to pass their State exam through the RocketCert website or on the mobile app.
Exam Pre-Approval

The first step is to obtain pre-approval for your exam. This can be completed through PTI by calling 407-264-0562.

PURCHASE EXAM PREP, BOOKS, & STUDY!

Preparing to pass the State exam is a critical part of the licensing process. Failing the exam can result in substantial delays before you are able to work under your license. We offer industry leading exam prep and all of the required books, at an unbeatable price.

PASS THE STATE EXAM

After studying with RocketCert, you will be on your way to passing the required State exam(s) (see below). Contact PSI at 800-733-9267 to begin this process. Testing centers are setup throughout the State in larger cities.

LEgal items

Next you will need to submit to background checks, form a legal entity, obtain all required insurance, and obtain a bond (if necessary).

APPLY FOR YOUR LICENSE

After completing all the steps above, it will be time to apply through DBPR to obtain your Florida Contractors License. Have questions or concerns with this process (or just a lack of time)? Our licensing specialists can help you with the process.

Exam

Which exam do I need to take?

To schedule your construction exam, first obtain pre-approval with PTI by visiting floridaexam.com or call 407-264-0562. After you have been approved, you can schedule your exams with Pearson VUE at 888-204-6230.

Division I contractors (General, Building, and Residential) must pass three examinations: Business & Finance, Contract Administration, and Project Management.

Exam details Contract Administration

  • General: 60 questions
  • Building: 50 questions
  • Residential: 45 questions
  • Time: 4.5 hours
  • Passing Score: 70%
More info Project Administration

  • General: 60 questions
  • Building: 50 questions
  • Residential: 45 questions
  • Time: 4.5 hours
  • Passing Score: 70%
It’s the exam! Business and Finance

All license classifications are required to pass the Business and Finance exam given by Pearson VUE. Visit our Business and Finance page to learn more regarding test specifics.

Pre-Licensing, Exam Prep, & Books

How do I pass the exam?

The Florida exams are open book. The references below are permitted to be tabbed, highlighted, and used during your test! Unfortunately, our online course is NOT permitted to be accessed during the State exam.

The exam prep includes math and accounting, highlighting guides covering the topics your exam is based on, practice questions for each reference, and unlimited attempts on our "test simulation".

  • The American Institute of Architects
  • General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, 2017.
  • Standard Form of Agreement between Contractor-Subcontractor, 2017.
  • Instructions to Bidders, 2018
  • Builder's Guide to Accounting, 2001.
  • Building Estimator’s Reference Book, 31st Edition, 2017
  • Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, July 1, 2018.
  • Contractors Manual, 2017.
  • Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 16th Edition, 2016
  • Placing Reinforcing Bars, 9th Edition, 2011.
  • Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 9th Edition, 2013 or 10th Edition, 2019
  • Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products, GA-216, 2018 Edition.
  • Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida, 2017
  • BCSI Guide to Wood Trusses
  • Florida Building Code Books are listed below.
  • Florida Building Code - Building, 2017.
  • Florida Building Code - Accessibility, 2017.
  • Florida Building Code - Residential, 2017.
  • Florida Building Code - Existing Building, 2017.
  • Florida Building Code - Energy Conservation, 2017.
Florida Statutes Chapter 455, 2019
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About Us

Why should I choose RocketCert?

At RocketCert, we strive to be the best (while having fun in the process). This means having not only the best quality of education, but also industry leading technology. Best yet, we are here for you 24/7. Have a question or comment? Give us a call or contact us to send us a message. Ready to begin? Select your State above and start immediately. Of course, you can resume later!


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