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FLORIDA UNDERGROUND UTILITY CONTRACTOR LICENSE FAQ

FLORIDA UNDERGROUND UTILITY CONTRACTOR LICENSE FAQ

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.

(13) Certification Examination for Underground Utility and Excavation Contractors. The certification examination shall consist of two tests.

(a) Test one shall consist of questions relating to the business and financial management of 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 general knowledge of the underground utility and excavation trade. The content areas to be covered and the approximate weights to be assigned to said areas shall be as follows:

  1. 20% Pre-installation,
  2. 5% Traffic Control,
  3. 20% Excavating, Backfill and Compaction,
  4. 15% Pipe Installation and Repairs,
  5. 15% Piping, Valves and Fittings,
  6. 10% Testing, Disinfecting, and Job Close Out,
  7. 5% Drainage Systems; and,
  8. 10% Equipment.

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. 

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. 

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SCOPE

"Underground utility and excavation contractor" means a contractor whose services are limited to the construction, installation, and repair, on public or private property, whether accomplished through open excavations or through other means, including, but not limited to, directional drilling, auger boring, jacking and boring, trenchless technologies, wet and dry taps, grouting, and slip lining, of main sanitary sewer collection systems, main water distribution systems, storm sewer collection systems, and the continuation of utility lines from the main systems to a point of termination up to and including the meter location for the individual occupancy, sewer collection systems at property line on residential or single-occupancy commercial properties, or on multioccupancy properties at manhole or wye lateral extended to an invert elevation as engineered to accommodate future building sewers, water distribution systems, or storm sewer collection systems at storm sewer structures. However, an underground utility and excavation contractor may install empty underground conduits in rights-of-way, easements, platted rights-of-way in new site development, and sleeves for parking lot crossings no smaller than 2 inches in diameter if each conduit system installed is designed by a licensed professional engineer or an authorized employee of a municipality, county, or public utility and the installation of such conduit does not include installation of any conductor wiring or connection to an energized electrical system. An underground utility and excavation contractor may not install piping that is an integral part of a fire protection system as defined in s. 633.102 beginning at the point where the piping is used exclusively for such system.  

EXAMINATION OUTLINE

The answers to the examination questions will be based on the editions listed below. Some of the questionswill also be based on field experience and knowledge of trade practices. Editions earlier or later than thoselisted below can be brought to the examination but AT YOUR OWN RISK. However, only one copy of eachreference will be allowed into the examination. Photocopies will not be allowed unless theappropriate authorities (DBPR and the publishers) have givenwritten authorization. Hand written and typewritten notes are NOT allowed. Existing hand written notes mustbe 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. The test shall consist of questions relating to general knowledge of the underground utility and excavation trade. The content areas to be covered and the approximate weights to be assigned to said areas shall be as follows:  

Construction Industry Licensing Board Examination At A Glance

Underground Utility Contractors General Trade Knowledge Examination Content Information

APPROVED REFERENCES

  1. Installation Guide for Ductile Iron Pipe, 2016
  2. AWWA Standard for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Pressure Pipe & Fabricated Fittings, 4 in through 12 in for Water Transmission & Distribution, C900, 2016
  3. Building Estimator's Reference Book, Walker's, 31st Ed., 2017
  4. Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926 
  5. Concrete Pipe & Box Culvert Installation, 2015 
  6. Pipe & Excavation Contracting, Dave Roberts, 2011
  7. Utility Accommodation Manual, 2017
  8. The Handbook of PVC Pipe Design and Construction, 5th Ed, 2012 
  9. Damage Prevention Guide (includes FL Statute Ch. 556 Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act), 2018
  10. 555-Directional Bore, 2013 
  11. 556-Jack & Bore, 2013 
  12. Florida Building Code - Plumbing, 2017