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Florida Contractor License

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My family is relocating to FL in July. I have run a small remodeling business in PA for 21 yrs. Our licensing requirements are basically filling out a form and sending a check, No testing etc. Does anyone have any advice or knowledge of FL licensing?  I know there is testing required, but there are many online study guides available. If anyone has any insight into which ones were helpful to them, or if you don't think the pre-test study guides are necessary at all, I would welcome any advice.


To get a license in Florida (post #210045, reply #1 of 1)

To get a license in Florida you have to take an 18 hour test over 2 days. There are 3 levels, Residnetial, Building and General. You'll have ot show proof of 4 years experience in whatever level you want to test in. The test is divided into 3 parts and you have to past each part with a 70. You can fail a part and take only that part at the next testing as long as you pass all 3 parts in 12 months. The test has little to do with real life construction so you pretty much have to sign up with one of the construction schools to learn how to do the test. If you go in banking on your experience to get you through you 'll be in trouble. It's an open book trst so expect to spend $1,000.00 or better for books which you'll never look at again after test.

It's not hard if you're prepared as evidenced by how many morons there are with GC licenses in Florida. I know of a guy recently who tried for 2 years and couldn't pass. His wife, with no construction expereice at all, took it and passed the first time.

Florida Licensed Building Contractor, 50 years experience in commercial remodeling, new homes, home remodeling and repairs and all types building maintenance.