Add an additional license – The Exam Pros

Add an additional license

As you can see in the chart below a anyone who is a general contractor already has the experience for all the other trades.

You had to have built at least 1 new four story building in order to become a General Contractor.

This means that you oversaw all the plumbing,  pool install, the roof, the HVAC, the underground utility construction, the windows and doors and possibly the solar panels.  

In order to become a General Contractor, the candidate must put down the address(es) of the new construction or renovation of all projects over a certain period of time, up to 4 years. This is already on you General Contractor application which means all you have to do is prepare your application correctly, and you will have your license in 21 business days. 

Here is a link on how to do your application yourself.

We submit thousands of applications every year and probably 20% of them are for General, Building or a Residential contractor adding a second license or upgrading from a Residential to Building or General, or from Building to General contractor.  

When you get an additional license it gives you a huge advantage when bidding jobs. You are not tied to a certain subcontractors work schedule. You can change to another subcontractor without having to worry about a change of contractor.

If your existing subcontractor is charging you $5,000 or do a job, he may only charge you $4,000 if he does not have to deal with the permitting process. He can just show up and work.

 

 

61G4-15.001 Qualification for Certification.

(1)(a) An applicant for certification must, as a precondition thereto, submit proof that he meets the eligibility requirements set forth in Section 489.111(2)(c), F.S., for the particular category in which he seeks to qualify. An applicant who seeks to meet the educational standard set forth in Section 489.111(2)(c)1., 2., or 3., F.S., must direct the college, university, junior college, or community college which he attended to submit proof to the Department that the applicant received the requisite amount of education. Active experience in the category in which the applicant seeks to qualify shall be verified by affidavits prepared or signed by a state certified Florida contractor, or an architect or engineer, in the applicant’s category, who is licensed in good standing or a licensed building official, who is active in the applicant’s category, employed by a political subdivision of any state, territory or possession of the United States who is responsible for inspections of construction improvements, listing chronologically the active experience in the trade, including the name and address of employers and dates of employment (which may be corroborated by investigation by the Board). Said affidavit shall be subscribed to in front of a notary.

(b) Applicants shall follow the guidelines set forth in this section when seeking to verify active experience in accordance with paragraph 61G4-15.001(1)(a), F.A.C.

If the applicant’s category is: The following licensees can verify the applicant’s active experience:

1. General

General contractor – Need

2. Building

General and/or Building contractor

3. Residential

General, Building and/or Residential contractor

4. Plumbing

General, Building, Residential, Plumbing and/or Underground Utility and Excavation contractor

 

GC, BC, RC must put down the addresses of the new construction or renovation of all projects over 4 years.

 

GC, BC, RC can not contractor for this trade. ONLY sub contract on a larger project

 

5. Roofing

General, Building, Residential and/or Roofing contractor

 

GC, BC, RC must put down the addresses of the new construction or renovation of all projects over 4 years.

 

GC, BC, RC can not contractor for this trade. ONLY sub contract on a larger project

 

6. Class A Air-Conditioning Contractor

General, Building, Residential, Class A air-conditioning contractor and/or Mechanical contractor

 

GC, BC, RC must put down the addresses of the new construction or renovation of all projects over 4 years.

 

GC, BC, RC can not contractor for this trade. ONLY sub contract on a larger project

7. Class B Air-Conditioning Contractor

General, Building, Residential, Class A air-conditioning, Class B air-conditioning and/or Mechanical contractor

 

GC, BC, RC must put down the addresses of the new construction or renovation of all projects over 4 years.

 

GC, BC, RC can not contractor for this trade. ONLY sub contract on a larger project

 

 

 

8. Commercial Pool/Spa Contractor

General, Building, Residential, Commercial Pool/Spa contractor

 

GC, BC, RC must put down the addresses of the new construction or renovation of all projects over 4 years.

 

GC, BC, RC can not contractor for this trade. ONLY sub contract on a larger project

9. Residential Pool/Spa Contractor

General, Building, Residential, Commercial Pool/Spa and/or Residential Pool/Spa contractor

GC, BC, RC must put down the addresses of the new construction or renovation of all projects over 4 years.

 

GC, BC, RC can not contractor for this trade. ONLY sub contract on a larger project

10. Swimming Pool/Spa Servicing Contractor

General, Building, Residential, Commercial Pool/Spa, Residential Pool/Spa and/or Swimming Pool/Spa Servicing contractor

 

The licensing board is not approving the GC , BC or RC any more. The GC,  BC, RC can not do Service !!! We have had several people that have been declined for this.

 

 

 

 

 

11. Mechanical Contractor

General, Building, Residential, Mechanical Class A air-conditioning and/or Class B air-conditioning contractor

 

GC, BC, RC must put down the addresses of the new construction or renovation of all projects over 4 years.

 

GC, BC, RC can not contractor for this trade. ONLY sub contract on a larger project

12. Sheet Metal Contractor

General, Building, Residential, Sheet metal, Class A air-conditioning, Class B air-conditioning and/or Mechanical contractor

 

 

GC, BC, RC must put down the addresses of the new construction or renovation of all projects over 4 years.

 

GC, BC, RC can not contractor for this trade. ONLY sub contract on a larger project

13. Specialty Structure Contractor

General, Building, Residential and/or Specialty structure contractor

14. Solar Contractor

General, Building, Residential, Solar, Commercial Pool/Spa and/or Residential Pool/Spa contractor

 

GC, BC, RC must put down the addresses of the new construction or renovation of all projects over 4 years.

 

GC, BC, RC can not contractor for this trade. ONLY sub contract on a larger project

15. Underground Utility and Excavation Contractor

General, Building, Residential, Underground utility and excavation, and/or Plumbing contractor

 

GC, BC, RC must put down the addresses of the new construction or renovation of all projects over 4 years.

 

GC, BC, RC can not contractor for this trade. ONLY sub contract on a larger project

 

16. Residential Solar Water Heating Contractor

General, Building, Residential, Residential Solar Water Heating, Plumbing, and/or Mechanical contractor

 

GC, BC, RC must put down the addresses of the new construction or renovation of all projects over 4 years.

 

GC, BC, RC can not contractor for this trade. ONLY sub contract on a larger project

 

17. Gypsum Drywall Contractor

General, Building, Residential and/or Gypsum Drywall contractor

 

 

GC, BC, RC must put down the addresses of the new construction or renovation of all projects over 4 years.

 

GC, BC, RC can not contractor for this trade. ONLY sub contract on a larger project

18. Gas Line Specialty Contractor

General, Building, Residential, Gas Line Specialty, Underground utility and/or Plumbing contractor

 

GC, BC, RC must put down the addresses of the new construction or renovation of all projects over 4 years.

 

GC, BC, RC can not contractor for this trade. ONLY sub contract on a larger project

19. Glass and Glazing Specialty Contractor

General, Building, Residential and/or Glass and Glazing contractor

 

20. Marine Specialty Contractor

General, Building, Residential and/or Marine Specialty contractor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2)(a) In the case of applicants for certification in the general or building contractor categories, the phrases “active experience” and “proven experience” as used in Section 489.111(2)(c)1., 2., or 3., F.S., shall be defined to mean construction experience in four or more of the following areas:

  1. Foundation/Slabs in excess of twenty thousand (20,000) square feet.
  2. Masonry walls.
  3. Steel erection.
  4. Elevated slabs.
  5. Precast concrete structures.
  6. Column erection.
  7. Formwork for structural reinforced concrete.

(b) An applicant (other than those contractors designated in Sections 489.111(2)(c)4.b. and c., F.S.) for certification in the general contractor classification must submit proof that he possesses at least one year of “active experience” or “proven experience” as defined above in the construction of structures not less than four stories in height.

(3) In the case of applicants for certification in the residential contractor category, the phrases “active experience” and “proven experience” as used in Section 489.111(2)(c)1., 2., or 3., F.S., shall be defined to mean construction experience in four or more of the following areas:

(a) Foundation/Slabs.

(b) Masonry walls.

(c) Trusses.

(d) Structural wood framing (excluding platform framing).

(e) Column erection.

(f) Formwork for structural reinforced concrete.

(4) In the case of applicants for certification under the standard set forth in Section 489.111(2)(c)1., F.S., the baccalaureate degrees in building construction, architecture, or engineering which are considered to be appropriate to the particular classification for which certification is sought shall be as follows:

(a) General, Building, and Residential Classifications: Civil Engineering; Building Construction; or Architecture.

(b) Sheet Metal; Class A and B Air Conditioning; Residential Solar Water Heating; Mechanical Classifications: Mechanical Engineering.

(c) Plumbing Classification: Mechanical Engineering or Sanitary Engineering.

(d) Commercial, Residential, and Servicing Pool Classifications: Building Construction or Civil Engineering.

(e) Underground Utility Classification: Building Construction; Civil or Mechanical Engineering.

(5) As an alternative to the experience required under Section 489.111(2)(c)1.-3., F.S., an applicant for certification as a swimming pool/spa servicing contractor must submit proof that he meets the requirements of Section 489.111(2)(c)6.d., F.S., by demonstrating one year of proven experience related to the scope of work of a swimming pool/spa servicing contractor as defined in Section 489.105(3)(l), F.S., performed under the supervision of a certified or registered commercial pool/spa, residential pool/spa, or pool/spa servicing contractor, and demonstrating satisfactory completion of a sixty-hour course of instruction, approved by the Board pursuant to Rule 61G4-18.004, F.A.C., and conducted by a course provider registered pursuant to Rule 61G4-18.003, F.A.C., that consists of the following:

(a) One (1) hour each of instruction covering workers’ compensation insurance, workplace safety, contracting business practices, and the pool safety equipment provisions of Chapter 515, F.S., and the Florida Building Code;

(b) Sixteen (16) hours of instruction consisting of the Certified Pool Operator Course of the National Swimming Pool Foundation or a substantially equivalent course. Training courses approved by the Department of Health pursuant to Rule 64E-9.018, F.A.C., shall be deemed substantially equivalent courses; and

(c) Forty (40) hours of instruction utilizing an up to date publication from any National recognized swimming pool association, or substantially equivalent materials, and including instruction on the following topics: Structures – Pool Structures & Finishes; Spa & Hot Tub Structures, Finishes & Equipment Packs; Circulation System – Circulation & Piping; Hydraulics – Pumps, Pump Motors & Air Blowers, Filters, Heaters, Chemical Feeders & Generators; Chemistry – Chemical Safety, Water Testing & Water Treatment; Water Treatment – Chlorine; Water Treatment – Other; Water Balance; Electrical System – Basic Electricity, Safety Requirements & Pool/Spa Electrical Equipment, Lighting, Controls, Controllers & Control Systems; Maintenance – Routine Maintenance, Season & Special Care, Covers; and Dewatering.

Rulemaking Authority 489.108, 489.111 FS. Law Implemented 489.111 FS. History–New 1-6-80, Amended 12-16-80, 6-30-82, 4-11-83, Formerly 21E-15.01, Amended 12-11-90, 8-21-91, 4-16-92, Formerly 21E-15.001, Amended 7-18-94, 12-16-01, 2-6-03, 6-23-04, 1-15-07, 6-19-07,  11-26-08, 4-22-12.

 Link to the above in a pdf format