Building Contractor FAQ – The Exam Pros

Building Contractor FAQ

Question: 

How do I become a Building Contractor in the State of Florida?


Answer: 

-You must be at least 18 years old.

-You must show proof of a minimum FICO credit score of 660. However, if your FICO credit score is lower than 660, you may be eligible to purchase a surety bond to continue the process.

Get a surety bond quote here.

-You must provide proof of general liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

Get an insurance quote here.

-You must pass up to 3 Florida State Construction open book Examinations. (Buy books here)

-You must comply with providing an electronic fingerprint through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

-You must fill out your application and pay all application and licensing fees. (Building Contractor application and assistance here)



Question: How does a Building Contractor differ from a General Contractor or a Residential Contractor?


Answer: 

-A licensed Building Contractor can work construction of commercial buildings and single-dwelling or multiple-dwelling residential buildings that do not exceed 3 stories in height; the number of corresponding units able to work on however, is unlimited. 


Question: 

Can I become a Building Contractor in the State of Florida if I have a criminal record?


Answer:

-This is a tricky question however as of October of 2019, the Construction Industry Licensing Board has stated the following as criminal offenses used to deny a license to practice contracting:

    -Lewd/lascivious act(s) against a child.

    -Possession of dangerous drugs.

    -Possession of firearm(s) by a felon.


-Additionally, as of August of 2020, the Construction Industry Licensing Board has stated that the crimes that will not deter you from becoming a licensed Building Contractor in the State of Florida are:

    -Certain animal control issues.

    -Simple Assault

    -Simple Battery

    -Boat registration offenses

    -Single occurrence of burglary

    -Careless driving

    -Openly carrying a weapon

    -Marijuana cultivation

    -Damage to property

    -Discorderly conduct

    -DUI/DWI

    -Distribution of alcohol or cigarettes to a minor 

    -Minor car accident offenses

    -Open container/public intoxication

    -Petit theft/shoplifting

    -Possession of fake identification

    -Possession of marijuana/drugs/paraphernalia

    -Prostitution

    -Reckless driving

    -Resisting an officer without violence

    -Traffic offenses

    -Trespassing

    -Underage drinking



Question: 

Where can I find examination information (i.e. dates, locations, scheduling, etc.)?


Answer: 

You can find everything you should need on Florida’s Department of Business & Professional Regulation website here or you can contact The Exam Pros to help you out.  



Question:

How do I know what books and materials to bring with me to my examination(s)?


Answer: 

If you’re in need of examination materials and information, contact The Exam Pros or visit Florida’s Department of Business & Professional Regulation website.


Visit here to buy starting at $749.99.


Question:

What type of content will be on my examination(s)?


Answer: 

We’re happy to help you clearly define and outline the type of content you should expect on your Building Contractor examination(s), contact The Exam Pros or visit Florida’s Department of Business & Professional Regulation website. 


Building Contractor Practice Exams


Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation



Question: 

Are there any financial or eligibility exemptions to becoming a Building Contractor in the State of Florida if I am a Veteran?


Answer: 

The short answer is yes. As a Veteran owned business (Rob Estell is a Combat Veteran from Desert Storm), The Exam Pros are happy to speak with you regarding this question. Contact The Exam Pros or visit Florida’s Department of Business & Professional Regulation website. 



Question: 

What does a “Cram” consist of?


Answer: 

Our Cram materials vary and are guaranteed to get you up and ready to roll quickly and efficiently. Some (but not all) of what is included in a Cram are:

    -Video instructions on the course(s).

    -Information on how to register for the exam(s).

    -The 6 segments of test-taking techniques.

    -A comprehensive list of the required reference books for your exam and when they      update.

    -3 practice exams with over 200 questions, answer page numbers, and solutions.

    -A 1-year online course and access to a live instructor (we offer discounts on memberships).

    -Discount codes for upgrades and additional services


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Sources:

-General Contractors License Guide

-Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation