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Florida Plumbing Contractor w. Business Finance

A Plumbing contractor may install, maintain, repair, alter, extend, or when not prohibited by law, design the following without obtaining any additional local regulatory license, certificate, or registration: sanitary drainage or storm drainage facilities, venting systems, public or private water supply systems, septic tanks, drainage and supply wells, swimming pool piping, irrigation systems, or solar heating water systems and all appurtenances, apparatus, or equipment used in connection to these systems, including boilers and pressure process piping and including the installation of water, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and related venting, storm and sanitary sewer lines, and water and sewer plants and substations. It also includes the design, when not prohibited by law, and installation, maintenance, repair, alteration, or extension of air piping, vacuum line piping, oxygen line piping, nitrous oxide piping, and all related medical gas systems, fire line standpipes, fire sprinklers to the extent authorized by law, ink and chemical lines, fuel oil and gasoline piping, tank and pump installation except bulk storage plants, and pneumatic control piping systems. The scope of a plumbing contractor shall apply to private and public property, including any excavation work incidental thereto, and include the scope of work of a specialty plumbing contractor.

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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 are additional downloadable documents for the Business and Finance portion of the exam and the Plumbing portion of the exam.*

*There is also an additional item that is necessary during the exam.* Please view the links below:

Florida Statutes 455, 2007.

Chapter 64E-6, Florida Administrative Code, Standards for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems,September 24, 2007.

Solar Water and Pool Heating Manual, 2006.

(NOTE: Click on Solar Thermal Manual link once you select the link below)
 

ALL CANDIDATES: Bring a small 30/60 degree triangle for isometric drawings on Day 1 of the exam.

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Additional Services

  • Please note that the Florida Business and Finance exam as well as the Florida Plumbing exam is required to be passed to obtain your contractor’s license. The course we offer for the Plumbing contractor includes Business and Finance so you DO NOT have to register for the courses separately.
  • Minimum amounts required for General Liability insurance for Plumbing contractors are $100,000 for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage. All contractors are required to carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance.
  • 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 construction-related 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*

A Plumbing contractor may install, maintain, repair, alter, extend, or when not prohibited by law, design the following without obtaining any additional local regulatory license, certificate, or registration: sanitary drainage or storm drainage facilities, venting systems, public or private water supply systems, septic tanks, drainage and supply wells, swimming pool piping, irrigation systems, or solar heating water systems and all appurtenances, apparatus, or equipment used in connection to these systems, including boilers and pressure process piping and including the installation of water, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and related venting, storm and sanitary sewer lines, and water and sewer plants and substations.

It also includes the design, when not prohibited by law, and installation, maintenance, repair, alteration, or extension of air piping, vacuum line piping, oxygen line piping, nitrous oxide piping, and all related medical gas systems, fire line standpipes, fire sprinklers to the extent authorized by law, ink and chemical lines, fuel oil and gasoline piping, tank and pump installation except bulk storage plants, and pneumatic control piping systems.

The scope of a plumbing contractor shall apply to private and public property, including any excavation work incidental thereto, and include the scope of work of a specialty plumbing contractor.

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 Plumbing 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.

    Effective November 15, 2008 examination fees are being restructured . When applying to schedule for the examination with Professional Testing Inc. (PTI) , the following fee structure will apply:

    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 the trade knowledge part. The trade portion of the exam includes isometric drawing portion as well as the multiple choice questions. The time limit for each exam portion is 4 hours and 45 minutes.
  • Exams are held 6 times per year in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Test locations are in Orlando, Tallahassee, and Miami.

    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 Plumbing exam is held during the 2nd day with a morning session of 45 equally weighted questions and 5 isometric drawings, which are worth 10 points each. The afternoon session will consist 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 has a morning session of 60 equally weighted questions and an afternoon session of 60 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 drainage, water distribution, natural gas piping, medical gas piping, industrial piping, solar water heating systems, fire protection, swimming pools, wells, and irrigation.

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

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