Become A Florida Certified Residential Contractor

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The Exam Pros provides you with the best educational materials for both Registered and State Certified Residential Contractors in the State of Florida. If you are a serious student who wants to pass their licensing exams the first time, talk to one of our experienced Trade Specialists today

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Select The Residential Contractor Package That Is Best For You

The Exam Pros packages all include the complete book sets for your trade and business and finance books as well. With our online courses and practice exams, you can complete them at your convenience in the comfort of your home. Interested in other options? We can customize any package for you, just ask your Trade Specialist.

The Basics

  • New Set of Recommended Books (15)

  • Business & Finance Books Included

  • +$400 DBPR suggested study
    (4 books) optional

  • +$600 Highlighted and Tabbed optional

  • +$150 Preprinted DIY Tabs optional

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Exam Ready

  • New Set of Recommended Books (15)

  • Business & Finance Books Included

  • Building Contractor Online Home Study Course

  • Business & Finance Online Home Study Course

  • Practice Exams

  • +$400 DBPR suggested study
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  • +$450 Highlighted and Tabbed optional

  • +$300 Rental optional

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  • New Set of Recommended Books (15)

  • Business & Finance Books Included

  • All Books Highlighted and Tabbed - already done for you!

  • DBPR suggested study
    (4 books)

  • Building Contractor Online Home Study Course

  • Business & Finance Online Home Study Course

  • Practice exams for life

  • Application Assistance including DBPR Fees and 1 personal and 1 business credit report

  • 5 Hours of 1on1 Tutoring (Zoom/Phone or In-person)

  • +$1,150 Refunded to you if you return all your books

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  • Highlighted and Tabbed books have all of the important information highlighted and tabbed for you so it is easier for you to find the answers when needed. Highlighted and Tabbed books are usually in stock and ship the same day or next.

  • Tutoring – tutoring takes place with our knowledgeable instructors in a private, 1 on 1 session either by Zoom, over the phone or in-person at our office.

  • DBPR suggested study (4 books)

Questions?

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Your Florida Residential Contractor Package includes everything you need to pass your exams

New Student Open House (Lunch and Learn)

bi-weekly, live open house every other Tues 12PM – 1PM – we go over our 4 Step EZ License process, how to prepare for your State exams and a live Q & A

Practice Exams

Get the best preparation experience with professionally developed questions taken right from the your exam materials

Experienced Teaching Staff

Learn directly from our experienced staff of Licensed and Working Contractors who have been through the process.

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Interested In Becoming a Florida Residential Contractor?

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Florida Residential contractors can legally engage in contracting involving the following type of work:

  • Grading, excavation, clearing, and grubbing for any construction plan

  • Repair - Remodel - Construct - Improve

  • One Family - Two Family - Three Family residences - Not exceeding 2 habitable stories

  • A Residential Contractor can sub-contract the following licensed contractors, unless the contractor possesses a State certificate or registration in the particular trade category: Plumbing - Mechanical - Swimming Pool (not structural) - Electrical - Sheet Metal - Air Conditioning - Roofing (except for wood shakes or wood shingle roofing materials when the Residential contractor is the prime contractor

  • Subcontracting the repair or installation made under a warranty of asphalt, fiberglass, wood shakes or wood shingle roofing materials on a new building of his or her own construction shall not be mandatory.

License Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age.

  • Pass all parts of the exam(s) (within four years of the first attempt).

    If an applicant has a Bachelor's degree in building construction or a related field, as well as a 3.0 GPA or higher, the applicant is only required to take the business exam.

  • Pay the fee for the Application.

  • Complete the application form using the Online Services, or the Printable Application.

  • Be of good moral character.

  • Obtain worker's compensation and general liability coverage.

  • Demonstrate financial responsibility by submitting a Credit Report:

    • 660 FICO credit score or higher (applicant must submit a bond or irrevocable letter of credit if below 660 - FICO derived).

    • If FICO score is less than 660, the applicant must take a 14-hour financial responsibility course.

    • If applicable, provide proof of satisfaction of liens, judgments, and bankruptcy discharge.

  • Background check with Electronic Fingerprints.

  • Obtain public liability and property damage insurance.

    • Obtain workers' compensation or exemption from workers compensation insurance within 30 days of issuance of their license.

  • Satisfy one of the experience requirements set forth by the CILB:

    • A combination of Experience and Education

      • One year proved experience that applies to the category for which you are applying and a four-year construction-related degree from an accredited college (equivalent to 3 yrs. experience), or

      • No less than three years of credits from accredited college-level courses, and One year of experience as a foreman, or

      • Two years of credits from accredited college-level courses, one year experience as a foreman, and One year experience as a worker, or

      • One year of experience as a foreman, one year of credits from accredited college-level courses, and two years of experience as a worker, or

      • Four years of experience as a foreman or worker of which at least one year must have been as a foreman.

      • The board expects the applicant to have experience in the following areas of the General trade:

        • Masonry walls

        • Foundation / Slabs / Structural formwork

        • Column erection

        • Structural demolition

        • Structural wood framing, including trusses (excluding platform framing)

    • Military Service

      Note: As part of the application applicant must submit the Fee Waiver and Military Service Verification for licensure

      • One year of experience as a foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying, and three years of military service.

      • One year of experience as a worker or foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying, one year of experience as a foreman, and two years of military service.

      • Two years of experience as a worker or foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying, and one year of military service.

  • Pass the Residential (Contract Administration, Project Management) and Business & Finance exams.(sign up for the exams)

  • Submit the complete Residential application form to:

    Department of Business and Professional Regulation

    2601 Blair Stone Road

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

You must pass 3, open book exams in order to become a Florida General Contractor. The first two make up the trade portion and the third exam is for Business and Finance.

Contract Administration 4.5 Hours 45 scored questions
Project Management 4.5 Hours 45 scored questions
Business and Finance 6.5 Hours 120 scored questions

Florida General Contractor License Exam

Florida General Contractor Business and Finance Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing

  • Testing Company: Pearson Vue©

  • Number of Questions: 120

  • Types of Questions: Multiple Choice

  • Time Allowed: 390 Minutes

  • Minimum Passing Score: 70%

Business and Finance Content and Subjects for the exam(120 questions I 390 minutes)

We have all the books required for the Florida Building Contractor exam in stock and ready to ship. We beat all other schools with our prices, speak to one of our Trade Specialists today! Call 954-908-7010 or Fill out our EZ Form To Get Started

List of Books for the Residential Contractor Trade Exams

The trade exams for Residential Contracting are Contract Administration and Project Management. The exact same list of books is used for both of them.

Title: General, Building, and Residential Contract Administration & Project Management Computer Based Examination Reference List. This reference list is Valid from January 2023– December 2023.

  • A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, 2017

  • A401 Standard Form of Agreement between Contractor-Subcontractor, 2017

  • A701 Instructions to Bidders, 2018

  • Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926

  • Florida Contractors Manual 2021

  • Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida, 2020

  • Building Component Safety Information: BCSI-ED2-D “Guide to Good Practices for Handling, Installing and Bracing of Metal Connected Wood Trusses”, 2020

  • Florida Building Code - Building, 2020

  • Florida Building Code - Accessibility, 2020

  • Florida Building Code - Residential, 2020

  • Florida Building Code - Existing Building, 2020

  • Florida Building Code - Energy Conservation, 2020

  • Builder's Guide to Accounting, 2001

  • Principles & Practices of Commerical Construction, 10th Edition - 2019

  • 2023 Florida Statutes Chapter 455

The following books are used for studying but are not allowed within the testing center for the trade exams (Contract Administration and Project Management):

Below are some common questions students have about our Florida Residential Contractor exam prep and licensing program. Feel free to contact our team of Trade Specialists directly with any questions.

Am I required to take a class to get my contractor’s license?

While there are no required classes to qualify you to become a Florida Certified Contractor, we do encourage you to take one of our online courses to help you prepare to take your exams.

Do I actually need a contractor’s license?

If you are performing contractor related services for compensation, you would likely need to be licensed in the specialty that you are working in. Check with both the local and State government agencies to determine if your scope of work requires a license.

Do I need to purchase the state reference books?

Yes. The state exam is open book and to pass it you will need to have all of the business and finance and trade books specific to your license. We also recommend purchasing the Highlighted and Tabbed books if you can, giving you an advantage when it comes to knowing where to look during your timed exams. We teach you how to navigate these books quickly so that you will successfully pass the exams and get your license.