General Contractor FAQ
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How do I become a General Contractor in the State of Florida?
-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.
-You must provide proof of general liability and workers’ compensation insurance.
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-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. (General Contractor application and assistance here)
Question: How does a General Contractor differ from a Building Contractor or a Residential Contractor?
-Becoming a General Contractor actually assumes the potential roles and responsibilities of both Building Contractor’s and Residential Contractor’s, and then some! As a General Contractor, you will not be limited in stories or unit of construction, alteration, repair, remodeling or improvement of any type of building or structure.
Can I become a General Contractor in the State of Florida if I have a criminal record?
-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 General Contractor in the State of Florida are:
-Certain animal control issues.
-Boat registration offenses
-Single occurrence of burglary
-Openly carrying a weapon
-Damage to property
-Distribution of alcohol or cigarettes to a minor
-Minor car accident offenses
-Open container/public intoxication
-Possession of fake identification
-Possession of marijuana/drugs/paraphernalia
-Resisting an officer without violence
Where can I find examination information (i.e. dates, locations, scheduling, etc.)?
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.
How do I know what books and materials to bring with me to my examination(s)?
If you’re in need of examination materials and information, contact The Exam Pros or visit Florida’s Department of Business & Professional Regulation website.
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What type of content will be on my examination(s)?
We’re happy to help you clearly define and outline the type of content you should expect on your General Contractor examination(s), contact The Exam Pros or visit Florida’s Department of Business & Professional Regulation website.
Are there any financial or eligibility exemptions to becoming a General Contractor in the State of Florida if I am a Veteran?
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.
What does a “Cram” consist of?
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
What to expect from The Exam Pros General Contractor Book Packages: