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General Contractor FAQ

General Contractor 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.

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.

 

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:

 

     

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    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, 2019
    4. Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926
    5. Contractors Manual, 2017
    6. Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida, 9th Ed., 2017
    7. Florida Building Code - Building, 2017
    8. Florida Building Code - Accessibility, 2017
    9. Florida Building Code - Residential, 2017
    10. Florida Building Code – Existing Building, 2017
    11. Florida Building Code – Energy Conservation, 2017
    12. Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Copyright 2001 (business only)

    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.