Florida has a general contractor license process with very stringent qualifications. The requirements include a Florida general contractors exam and a certain combination of education and experience. After meeting all requirements, an applicant can then work as a certified general contractor throughout the state of Florida.
Access the application for a Florida general contractor certification license by using the link in the Sources below. This article will summarize the requirements, but you can get more information in the instructions for the general contractor license application.
Attain the age of 18. This is the minimum age for most Florida contractors, including general contractors.
Gain the necessary experience and education. The following options exist as far as the required education and experience for general contractors:
a. Four-year degree in construction and one year of experience in general contracting
b. Three years of college credits and one year as a foreman
c. One year as a workman, one year as a foreman and two years of college credits
d. Two years as a workman, one as a foreman and one year of college credits
e. Four total years of experience with at least one year as a foreman
Show financial responsibility by presenting a credit check. The department will have to decide if you qualify as a creditworthy applicant. Find approved credit reporting agencies at myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/documents/cilb_credit_reporting_agencies.pdf.
Pass the Florida general contractor exam. Professional Testing administers the exam. Find out details and how to register at myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/servop/testing/documents/exam_applic_pack.pdf.
Nowadays, Florida has cracked down on the construction industry, so you will need to pass a criminal background check to become a Florida general contractor. Get all the details at myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/servop/testing/documents/finger_faq.pdf.
You will need to get liability insurance, as well. For general contractors in Florida, you need $300,000 for bodily injury and $50,000 for property damage. If you intend to have employees, you also need to get workers comp insurance.
Fill out and submit the Florida general contractor license application. Check the application for the fee, as it ranges from about $150 to $400, depending on when you passed the exam and the time of your application. Make out a check or money order to the “Department of Business and Professional Regulation.”
Florida General Contractor License Application