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Florida Mechanical Contractor w. Business and Finance

“Mechanical contractor” means a contractor whose services are unlimited in the execution of contracts requiring the experience, knowledge, and skill to install, maintain, repair, fabricate, alter, extend, or design, when not prohibited by law, central air-conditioning, refrigeration, heating, and ventilating systems, including duct work in connection with a complete system only to the extent such duct work is performed by the contractor as is necessary to make complete an air-distribution system, boiler and unfired pressure vessel systems, lift station equipment and piping, and all appurtenances, apparatus, or equipment used in connection therewith, and any duct cleaning and equipment sanitizing which requires at least a partial disassembling of the system; to install, maintain, repair, fabricate, alter, extend, or design, when not prohibited by law, piping, insulation of pipes, vessels and ducts, pressure and process piping, pneumatic control piping, gasoline tanks and pump installations and piping for same, standpipes, air piping, vacuum line piping, oxygen lines, nitrous oxide piping, ink and chemical lines, fuel transmission lines, liquefied petroleum gas lines within buildings, and natural gas fuel lines within buildings; to replace, disconnect, or reconnect power wiring on the load side of the dedicated existing electrical disconnect switch; to install, disconnect, and reconnect low voltage heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning control wiring; and to install a condensate drain from an air-conditioning unit to an existing safe waste or other approved disposal other than a direct connection to a sanitary system. The scope of work for such contractor shall also include any excavation work incidental thereto, but shall not include any work such as potable water lines or connections thereto, sanitary sewer lines, swimming pool piping and filters, or electrical power wiring.

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Required Books 

The references listed below are permitted to be taken into the examination. These references may be tabbed (with permanent index tabs) and highlighted. They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-992-1910.

*There is an additional downloadable document for the Business and Finance portion of the exam*

=Florida Statutes 455, 2007.

*There is an additional item that is necessary during the exam* All Candidates: Bring an Architect's Scale (including 1/4" and 1/8" ) for the Trade Knowledge Exam.

 

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Additional Services

  • Please note that the Florida Business and Finance exam as well as the Florida Mechanical exam is required to be passed to obtain your contractor’s license. The course we offer for the Mechanical contractor includes Business and Finance so you DO NOT have to register for the courses separately.
  • Minimum amounts required for General Liability insurance for Mechanical contractors are $100,000 for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage. All contractors are required to carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance OR Exemption Certificate.
  • All contractors must be at least 18 years of age and be of good moral character.

    Beginning November 1, 2007, all applicants for initial licensure or changed of status will be required to have a criminal background check performed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Federal Bureau of Investigation. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT YOUR FINGERPRINTS HAVE BEEN SCANNED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S VENDOR, PROMISSOR/PEARSON VUE, PRIOR TO SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION.

  • If an applicant has a FICO credit score lower than 660, he/she will be requested to provide a licensing bond or letter of credit to obtain licensure. Please review the Department’s Financial Responsibility and Stability website for additional information on the Board’s requirements. The amount of the licensing bond or letter of credit is based on the type of license requested: $20,000 for Division I contractors and $10,000 for Division II contractors. 

  • Experience Required:
  • 4 years of experience in the trade with at least 1 year having been supervisory work OR
     
  • A 4-year degree from an accredited college and 1 year proven experience applicable to the category for which you are applying OR
     
  • 1 year as a foreman and not less than 3 years of credits from any accredited college level courses OR
     
  • 1 year as a workman, 1 year proven experience as a foreman, and 2 years of credits from any accredited college level courses OR
     
  • 2 years of experience as a workman, 1 year of experience as a foreman, and 1 year of credits from any accredited college level courses OR
     
  • Have an active Certified Florida contractor’s license (This option only applies to Certified Building, Residential, Air Conditioning, and Swimming Pool contractors as provided in Section 489.111 (2)(c)4-6, Florida Statutes). 
    • *You can substitute up to 3 years of college credit for experience*

       

Mechanical Contractor means a contractor whose services are unlimited in the execution of contracts requiring the experience, knowledge, and skill to install, maintain, repair, fabricate, alter, extend, or design, when not prohibited by law, central air-conditioning, refrigeration, heating, and ventilating systems.

This includes duct work in connection with a complete system only to the extent such duct work is performed by the contractor as is necessary to make complete an air-distribution system, boiler and unfired pressure vessel systems, lift station equipment and piping, and all appurtenances, apparatus, or equipment used in connection therewith, and any duct cleaning and equipment sanitizing which requires at least a partial disassembling of the system; to install, maintain, repair, fabricate, alter, extend, or design, when not prohibited by law, piping, insulation of pipes, vessels and ducts, pressure and process piping, pneumatic control piping, gasoline tanks and pump installations and piping for same, standpipes, air piping, vacuum line piping, oxygen lines, nitrous oxide piping, ink and chemical lines, fuel transmission lines, liquefied petroleum gas lines within buildings, and natural gas fuel lines within buildings; to replace, disconnect, or reconnect power wiring on the load side of the dedicated existing electrical disconnect switch; to install, disconnect, and reconnect low voltage heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning control wiring; and to install a condensate drain from an air-conditioning unit to an existing safe waste or other approved disposal other than a direct connection to a sanitary system. The scope of work for such contractor shall also include any excavation work incidental thereto, but shall not include any work such as potable water lines or connections thereto, sanitary sewer lines, swimming pool piping and filters, or electrical power wiring.

To apply, contact State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation 1-850-487-1395.

 If applying for initial licensure from May 1st of an Even numbered year through August 31st of an Odd numbered year the fee is $249.

If applying for initial licensure from September 1st of an Odd numbered year through April 30th of an Even numbered year the fee is $149.

You must pay a fee of $56.25 to Promissor/Pearson VUE for the processing of your electronic fingerprints.

  • Candidates will receive an unofficial grade report on the day they pass the exam. However, test scores and license approval do not become official until ratified by the Contractors Licensing Board at their next meeting. Licenses are typically received within 14 days of the exam.

     

  • Important Contacts

    Commercial, residential & public works construction is regulated at the local/municipal level AND at the state level. A statewide-certified license is granted by the construction or electrical licensing boards for most categories of licensure.

    Applications for contractor licenses (other than electrical) are filed with:

    Department of Business & Professional Regulation
    The Construction Industry Licensing Board
    1940 North Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    (850)487-1395
    Information on electrical licensing may be obtained from:

    Electrical Contractors Licensing Board
    Department of Business & Professional Regulation
    1940 North Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, Fl 32399
    (850)487-1395

    To schedule the Florida Electrical Business exam (CBT) you must contact Promissor/Pearson Vue at 1-888-204-6230.

    To register for the exam:

    Professional Testing Inc.
    PO Box 691226
    Orlando, FL 32869-1226
    phone: 407-264-0562
    fax: 407-264-2977

    To make a reservation to meet the fingerprinting requirement:

    Pearson VUE
    Customer Care: (888) 204-6230
    www.pearsonvue.com
    Florida General Construction - County License
    To Register for the exam:

    Prometric
    Canton Crossing
    1501 South Clinton Street
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    USA
    1-866-PROMETRIC (776-6387)
    1-443-455-8000

    Florida does not have a reciprocal agreement with any other states for the Mechanical license.

    As of this time Florida requires 14 hours of board approved continuing education each biennium prior to the renewal period for both certified and registered contractors. At least 1 hour must deal with workplace safety, 1 hour must be on the subject of worker’s compensation, 1 hour must cover the subject of business practices, 1hour must cover the subject of laws and rules, 1 hour must cover wind mitigation methodologies, and 1 hour must cover the Florida Building Code advanced modules.

     

      All parts of the examination:
      Pay $135.00 examination development fee payable to PTI, $80.00 examination administration fee payable to DBPR, but mailed to PTI. An $80.00 examination administration fee payable to Pearson Vue (formerly Promissor), the CBT (Computer Based Testing) contracted vendor, is due at the time of scheduling.

    • A score of at least 70% is required to pass the exams.
    • The exam is 2 days, open book, multiple-choice, and timed.
    • There are 2 parts to the exam, the business finance part and trade knowledge. The time limit for the trade exam is 4 hours and 45 minutes. The Business Finance portion is 6.5 hrs.
    • The exams are computer based and offered throughout the year at PearsonVue Testing Facility. Exams are on a first come first serve basis.

    You must complete all portions of the examination within 4 years of the first attempt. After four years, all previous test scores become invalid and you will be required to take all parts of the examination again.

    • The Florida Mechanical exam is held during the 2nd day with a morning session of 65 equally weighted questions and an afternoon session of 65 equally weighted questions. The scores for the 2 sessions will be combined to determine your score for this portion of the exam.
    • The Florida Business and Finance exam is a 6.5 hr exam consisting of 125 equally weighted questions.
    • Applicants must submit an application and exam fee to become registered to take the exam. The testing company must receive completed applications and appropriate fees no later than 30 days prior to the next scheduled exam date.
    • Topics covered on the trade knowledge exam portion are pre-installation and design engineering, ductwork and HVAC materials, installation of refrigeration and HVAC systems, installation of mechanical systems, installation of refrigeration and HVAC equipment and components, installation of mechanical equipment and components, maintenance analysis of refrigeration and HVAC, maintenance service of refrigeration and HVAC, safety and equipment, and excavating.

    • To schedule your exam you must contact Professional Testing, Inc (PTI) at 1-407-264-0562.

    American Contractors offers a 5-day seminar to prepare for the Florida Mechanical contractor license exam and includes preparation for the Business and Finance exam. Please contact us for additional information, 1-800-992-1910.