Copy of FLORIDA PLUMBING CONTRACTOR LICENSE FAQ
FLORIDA PLUMBING CONTRACTOR LICENSE FAQ
State Exam Registration Instructions:
For your initial license, you are required to pass two exams.
Business & Finance and a Trade Knowledge exam(s)
A minimum score of 70% is required for passing..
Registering for the exams is a 2 step process.
Step 1 Pay a $135 fee to Professional Testing Inc. by going to: www.floridaexam.com or call 407-264-0562 .(The beginning of the initial registration process will request your personal information followed by your preferred Trade Category). Be very careful to check both the Trade Knowledge box and the Business & Finance box.
If not, you will have to pay another $135 to take the 2nd exam.
You will receive a Pearson VUE “authorization to test” email notification in 7-10 days.
Step 2 To schedule the actual exams with Pearson VUE, go to www.pearsonvue.com (You will need the information from the “authorization to test” email notification to proceed). The authorization to test email will provide you with a specific login code and information to register for the $80 Trade Knowledge exam, and the $80 Business & Finance exam.
Exams are open-book with 4 multiple choice answers tests and are available Monday-Saturday in numerous cities nationwide. The exam parts can be taken at your convenience, and in any order of preference. Please schedule exams at least 1 – 2 weeks apart. Ask your salesperson or Instructor for more details as to why.
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Introduction The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has contracted with Professional Testing, Inc., to register candidates, develop, and score professional examinations for the Construction Industry Licensing Board. Individuals desiring to sit for construction examinations are required to apply directly with Professional Testing, Inc.
All construction examinations, except Plumbing Contractor, are administered in computer-based testing format. After a candidate has been approved by Professional Testing, Inc., they may schedule to sit for their examination(s) by contacting the department’s examination vendor, Pearson VUE.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has retained the services of Pearson VUE to schedule, administer, score and report the results for computer based testing (CBT). Pearson VUE is a provider of assessment services and provides testing and support services to regulatory agencies, national associations, state agencies, and private industries.
Your Business & Finance examination will be administered on computer.
Here is the link to the FAQ page for Business & Finance.
Your Plumbing exam will be on pencil & paper.
Below are some topics of concern for your plumbing exam.
All of the topics are listed on the state info sheet below.
Examinations at a Glance
Plumbing General Trade Knowledge examination
The Plumbing General Trade Knowledge examination has a total of 160 possible points. The examinations consist of 110 questions and 5 (five) Isometric drawings. Each of the isometric drawings is worth up to a maximum of 10 points. To pass the examination a candidate must have a score of 112 out of 160 possible points.
The multiple-choice portion of the Plumbing General Trade Knowledge examination consists of questions relating to general trade knowledge. The content areas to be covered and the approximate weights assigned to each are as follows:
1. 20% Drainage
2. 20% Water Distribution
3. 15% Natural Gas Piping
4. 20% Medical Gas Piping
5. 10% Industrial Piping
6. 5% Swimming Pools, Wells and Irrigation
7. 5% Solar
8. 5% Fire Protection
The Isometric Drawing portion of the Plumbing General Trade Knowledge examination consists of five plumbing isometric drawings. The content of the drawings shall conform to the content areas listed above in content areas 1 through 8. The following are the criteria and points used by the graders to evaluate each of the five isometric drawings:
a) Legibility. Drawing is clear and readable. Drawing is sufficient in size. Lines and labels are distinguishable. (8 points)
b) Orientation. All fixtures are shown in the correct location relative to each other. (20 points)
c) Flow. Direction of flow is shown when going from vertical to horizontal. The direction of flow must be indicated even if the direction is implied for all waste lines and all fixture connections. Direction of flow is not required for vent lines. (12 points)
d) Angles. Isometric drawing uses 30-60-90 degree angles. All angles used on the drawing are displayed at the appropriate orientation. (8 points)
f) Labeling. All fixtures are labeled according to the legend provided in the examination instructions. (4 points)
g) Vents. All vents are properly indicated. (16 points)
h) Fixtures. All fixtures shown on the floor plan are appropriately indicated on the isometric drawing. (12 points)
Note: “P-Traps are to be shown by the candidate in all locations where the trap is not an integral part of the fixture (floor drains, sinks, drinking fountains, mop sinks, tubs, etc.). Many urinals and water closets have p-traps as integral parts and do not need a p-trap added, for this exam add them to water closets and urinals unless the drawing specifies they are already incorporated as part of the fixture. When, in doubt, make sure to draw it.
Based on the criteria listed above, each drawing will be independently evaluated by three graders. At least two of the graders must agree that a criterion is correct in order for that criterion to be graded as correct and points to be awarded. If one or more criterion is determined to be incorrect by at least two of the graders, points will not be awarded for that criterion. The awarded points for all criteria will be summed and converted to a 10 point scale to determine the score for each drawing.
Examination Content Information Visit the link below for detailed examination content information: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/servop/testing/documents/plum_eci.pdf. References Visit the link below to find an up to date reference list: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/examination-information/construction-examinationsreference-lists/.
The examinations may contain a small number of experimental or “pilot test” questions. The purpose of including pilot test questions within the examination is to expand and improve the bank of questions from which future examinations will be drawn. This is a common practice used by many national and state examination programs and is a critical step in ensuring the continued reliability and validity of these examinations. In the event that pilot test questions are included within the examination, these questions will NOT be counted when computing scores. Additional time will be given for answering the pilot test questions. The time allowed for testing has been evaluated to ensure there is adequate time for completing test questions and pilot questions. Pilot questions are NOT identified. The development of a good examination requires accurate candidate response information for the pilot questions.
Test Taking Advice
The advice offered here is presented primarily to help you demonstrate your knowledge and 4 maximize your chances of passing the examination.
• Listen to and read all instructions carefully.
• For best results, pace yourself by periodically checking your progress. This will allow you to make any necessary adjustments. Remember, the more questions you answer, the better your chance of achieving a passing score. There is no penalty for guessing, so you should answer every question.
• Be sure to record an answer for each question, even the items for which you are not completely sure. You can note the questions you want to reconsider in the examination booklet and return to them later.
• Speak to a proctor or Examination Supervisor concerning any problems that may occur during the examination. Do not wait until the examination is over to inform someone of a problem.
• Inspect your examination materials to verify that you have been given the correct examination for your trade and that your packet contains all of the listed documents. Immediately inform your proctor if you find a discrepancy.
• Carefully follow the examination supervisor’s instructions on completing the answer sheet. It is your responsibility to correctly “bubble” in your candidate identification number, your examination number, and the first four letters of your last name (e.g., John Smith would bubble in “SMIT” in the space provided).
• Your answers must be recorded on the answer sheet provided to you at the examination. Answers recorded in the examination booklet, will NOT be scored. It is recommended that you fill in your answers as you answer each question rather than waiting until the end of the examination. It is your responsibility to turn in your completed answer sheet, all examination materials, and scratch paper for each session when the allotted time for that session has passed.
NOTE: Do not wait until the 15-minute time warning to transfer your answers from the test booklet to the answer sheet. You will NOT have sufficient time to transfer all answers. Candidates CANNOT complete the transfer of answers after time is called. Answers that were not transferred during the morning session CANNOT be transferred during the afternoon session. You will ONLY receive credit for the answers on your answer sheet.
It is expressly understood by each candidate that the State of Florida, and/or the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and the department’s staff hereby assume absolutely no liability of any nature whatsoever for any items of the candidate’s personal property which may have been brought to, left at, or left outside the examination site. It is further understood that the candidate’s admission to the examination shall hereby constitute the candidate’s full, knowing, and complete waiver of any and all such claims against the State of Florida, and/or the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the department’s staff.
What to Bring
Reference Books as Published on the Bureau of Education & Testing website
• The reference books listed on the reference list are the approved standards issued by the Construction Industry Licensing Board. Earlier or later editions than those listed can be brought to the examination at your own risk. But only one copy of the reference will be allowed into the examination. The answers to the examination questions will be based on the listed editions. Candidates are strongly encouraged to bring the references for their specific specialty (as listed on their Reference List) to the examination site to be used during the examination. No other references are allowed at the examination site. Extra books left in the exam room at candidates own responsibility.
• ONLY materials and books on the approved reference list may be brought to the test center. Reference books must remain as published. References containing underlining with pen or highlighter may be used. Only original edition reference materials will be allowed for use at the examination, with the exception of the references specifically indicated on the reference list as a PDF file. These materials must be printed and bound in a spiral notebook or a three or more hole punched binder in order to be allowed in the examination room. • Photocopies will not be allowed unless written authorization has been granted prior to the examination by the appropriate authorities (publishers and the Bureau of Education and Testing).
• Permanently attached book tabs with only normal chapter or page headings are permitted. To avoid delays at the examination site, Post-it® notes, pull-off labels, or removable tabs must be removed from the reference books prior to arriving at the examination site. If tabs can be removed without damage to the page, then they are considered removable and WILL NOT be accepted. • Boxes or baskets with lids or covers may be used to bring approved reference books to the examination site. However, boxes cannot be used to store reference books on the table. All books that are to be used during a test session (AM or PM) must be removed from the box and stored on the table during the test. Candidates are NOT permitted to replace or remove books during a test session. Candidates are not permitted to exchange or share reference materials or calculators during the exam. • Candidates will NOT be allowed to remove reference books from the test center during the lunch break. Reference books removed after the morning session will NOT be allowed in the afternoon session.
• ONLY those reference materials listed for your examination will be allowed into the examination room. • To better serve our “English as a second language” candidates, the Bureau of Education and Testing is permitting the use of foreign language translation dictionaries during the examination. Translation dictionaries shall contain word for word or phrase translations ONLY. Dictionaries that contain definitions of words, explanations of words or handwritten notes may not be used. Testing center staff will inspect and approve each dictionary before it can be used during the examination. In order to maintain security and to ensure fairness to all candidates, candidates are limited to the use of a single dictionary.
• If you have questions concerning acceptable translation dictionaries, please contact the 6 Bureau of Education and Testing, Examination Administration Unit at 850.487.1395, or you may fax your question to 850.922.1228 or 850.487.9757.
• A scale ruler. Page magnifiers and bookends.
• A handheld, cordless, silent, non-printing calculator with a numeric (non-alphabetic) keyboard and extra batteries. (Calculators containing ram cards or that function as data collectors are NOT allowed.)
• Any personal items such as toiletries, snacks, etc. or supplies needed during the examination must be encased in a clear plastic bag, no larger than 8” X 11” in size. Personal items are not allowed in the examination room.
• Bring several sharpened No. 2 lead pencils with erasers for use in recording examination answers on the answer sheet(s).
• Please be advised that due to circumstances beyond our control, examination sites may experience minor disturbances. For those candidates that are sensitive to noise, it is recommended that you bring earplugs.
What Not to Bring
Unauthorized supplies, those not listed in this Candidate Information Booklet, will be subject to removal by the department’s representative at the examination site. The following items are NOT allowed in the examination room:
"Plumbing contractor" means a contractor whose services are unlimited in the plumbing trade and includes contracting business consisting of the execution of contracts requiring the experience, financial means, knowledge, and skill to install, maintain, repair, alter, extend, or, if not prohibited by law, design plumbing. A plumbing contractor may install, maintain, repair, alter, extend, or, if not prohibited by law, design the following without obtaining an additional local regulatory license, certificate, or registration: sanitary drainage or storm drainage facilities, water and sewer plants and substations, venting systems, public or private water supply systems, septic tanks, drainage and supply wells, swimming pool piping, irrigation systems, and solar heating water systems and all appurtenances, apparatus, or equipment used in connection therewith, including boilers and pressure process piping and including the installation of water, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and related venting, and storm and sanitary sewer lines. The scope of work of the plumbing contractor also includes the design, if not prohibited by law, and installation, maintenance, repair, alteration, or extension of air-piping, vacuum line piping, oxygen line piping, nitrous oxide piping, and all related medical gas systems; fire line standpipes and fire sprinklers if authorized by law; ink and chemical lines; fuel oil and gasoline piping and tank and pump installation, except bulk storage plants; and pneumatic control piping systems, all in a manner that complies with all plans, specifications, codes, laws, and regulations applicable. The scope of work of the plumbing contractor applies to private property and public property, including any excavation work incidental thereto, and includes the work of the specialty plumbing contractor. Such contractor shall subcontract, with a qualified contractor in the field concerned, all other work incidental to the work but which is specified as being the work of a trade other than that of a plumbing contractor. This definition does not limit the scope of work of any specialty contractor certified pursuant to s. 489.113(6), and does not require certification or registration under this part of any authorized employee of a public natural gas utility or of a private natural gas utility regulated by the Public Service Commission when disconnecting and reconnecting water lines in the servicing or replacement of an existing water heater. A plumbing contractor may perform drain cleaning and clearing and install or repair rainwater catchment systems; however, a mandatory licensing requirement is not established for the performance of these specific services.
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 kno wledge 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. 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 hand written 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 theexamination.
- NFPA 99 Standard for Health Care Facilities, (Chapter 3 & 5, Annex A & C), 2015
- Chapter 64E-6, FAC, Standards for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems, 2013
- Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters 8th Edition, 2013
- NFPA 14: Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, 2013
- Plumber's Handbook Revised, 2006
- Solar Thermal Manuak: Solar Water and Pool Heating Manual, 2006
- 2017 Florida Building Code - Residential
- 2017 Florida Building Code - Fuel Gas
- 2017 Florida Building Code - Mechanical .
- 2017 Florida Building Code - Plumbing
- 2017 Florida Building Code - Accessibility
- OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Construction Industry Regulations