Building Contractor FAQ – The Exam Pros

Building Contractor FAQ

Building Contractor FAQ

 

DBPR Required book list link

Exams are offered six days a week at over 40 locations in Florida and more than 100 locations across the United States. This allows you to take the exam in the state that you are living. You can go to pearsonvue.com to view the nearest testing facility for your exam.

 

You MUST first sign up for your State Exam(s) and pay online at www.floridaexam.com

MAKE SURE THAT YOU ENROLL TO TAKE BOTH THE BUSINESS AND TRADE EXAMS AT THE SAME TIME. IF NOT, YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL $80 TO TAKE THE SECOND EXAM.

 

Certification Examination for Building Contractors. The certification examination shall consist of three tests.

(a) Test one shall consist of questions relating to the business and financial management of a contracting firm. The content areas to be covered and the approximate weights to be assigned to said areas are set forth in subsection 61G4-16.001(22), F.A.C.

(b) Test two shall consist of questions relating to contract administration including managing and operating the day to day activities of a contracting firm. The content areas to be covered and the approximate weights to be assigned to said areas shall be as follows:

  1. 28% Preconstruction Activities,
  2. 38% Project Contracts,
  3. 20% Obtaining licenses, permits and approvals; and,
  4. 14% Construction Procedures and Operations.

(c) Test three shall consist of questions relating to project management including managing, controlling, and conducting a specific project. The content areas to be covered and the approximate weights to be assigned to said areas shall be as follows:

  1. 64% Construction Methods, Materials, Tools, and Equipment,
  2. 20% Safety; and,
  3. 16% Reading Plans and Specifications.

SCOPE

Building Contractor means a contractor whose services are limited to construction of commercial buildings and single-dwelling or multiple-dwelling residential buildings, which do not exceed three stories in height, and accessory use structures in connection therewith or a contractor whose services are limited to remodeling, repair, or improvement of any size building if the services do not affect the structural members of the building.

 

EXAMINATION OUTLINE

All Florida Building Contractor candidates are required to pass the Business and Finance Examination and the Building Contractor Trade Examinations administered by Pearson Vue. The General Contractor Trade Examination is a two part exam: 1) Contract Administration and 2) Project Management.

 

Link to Business & Finance information 

CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION

The Contract Administration portion of the examination will be administered daily in Computer Based Testing (CBT) format. The examination will consist of 50 equally weighted questions (plus 5 pilot questions) covering the management and operation activities of a construction company. You will have 4.5 hours to complete the exam and must score a 70% in order to pass.

You should be prepared to respond to examination questions on any of the content areas listed in the below links:

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

The Project Management portion of the examination will be administered daily in Computer Based Testing (CBT) format. The examination will consist of 50 equally weighted questions (plus 5 pilot questions) covering managing, controlling, and conducting a specific project. You will have 4.5 hours to complete the exam and must score a 70% in order to pass.

You should be prepared to respond to examination questions on any of the content areas listed in the below links:

 

To speak to a Pearson Vue customer service representative about an exam reservation, please call 888-204-6230

 

APPROVED REFERENCES

The answers to the examination questions will be based on the editions listed below. Some of the questions will also be based on field experience and knowledge of trade practices. Editions earlier or later than those listed below can be brought to the examination but AT YOUR OWN RISK. However, ONLY ONE COPY of each reference will be allowed into the examination.

  1. A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction - 2017 
  2. A401 Standard Form of Agreement between Contractor & Subcontractor - 2017 
  3. A701 Instructions to Bidders - 2018
  4. Florida Statute 455 (Current Edition)
  5. Builder's Guide to Accounting (Business Exam only)
  6. Florida Contractors Manual, 2017 
  7. Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, (OSHA1926) July 2019
  8. Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida, 9th Ed., 2017
  9. Building Component Safety Information: 2018
  10. Florida Building Code - Building, 2017
  11. Florida Building Code - Residential, 2017
  12. Florida Building Code – Existing Building, 2017
  13. Florida Building Code – Energy Conservation, 2017
  14. Florida Building Code - Accessibility, 2017

Photocopies will not be allowed unless the appropriate authorities (DBPR and the publishers) have given written authorization. Hand-written and typewritten notes are NOT allowed. Existing handwritten notes must be blackened out or whitened out completely, by the candidate, prohibiting legibility. Moveable tabs (e.g., Post-it® Flags) are NOT allowed. You will not be permitted to make any marks in your references during the examination.

Experience 

489.111 Licensure by examination.

(1) Any person who desires to be certified shall apply to the department in writing.
(2) A person shall be eligible for licensure by examination if the person:
(a) Is 18 years of age;
(b) Is of good moral character; and
(c) Meets eligibility requirements according to one of the following criteria:
1. Has received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited 4-year college in the appropriate field of engineering, architecture, or building construction and has 1 year of proven experience in the category in which the person seeks to qualify. For the purpose of this part, a minimum of 2,000 person-hours shall be used in determining full-time equivalency.
2. Has a total of at least 4 years of active experience as a worker who has learned the trade by serving an apprenticeship as a skilled worker who is able to command the rate of a mechanic in the particular trade or as a foreman who is in charge of a group of workers and usually is responsible to a superintendent or a contractor or his or her equivalent, provided, however, that at least 1 year of active experience shall be as a foreman.
3. Has a combination of not less than 1 year of experience as a foreman and not less than 3 years of credits for any accredited college-level courses; has a combination of not less than 1 year of experience as a skilled worker, 1 year of experience as a foreman, and not less than 2 years of credits for any accredited college-level courses; or has a combination of not less than 2 years of experience as a skilled worker, 1 year of experience as a foreman, and not less than 1 year of credits for any accredited college-level courses. All junior college or community college-level courses shall be considered accredited college-level courses.
4.a. An active certified residential contractor is eligible to take the building contractors’ examination if he or she possesses a minimum of 3 years of proven experience in the classification in which he or she is certified.
b. An active certified residential contractor is eligible to take the general contractors’ examination if he or she possesses a minimum of 4 years of proven experience in the classification in which he or she is certified.
c. An active certified building contractor is eligible to take the general contractors’ examination if he or she possesses a minimum of 4 years of proven experience in the classification in which he or she is certified.