Division 1 Types

General

Building

Residential

Requirements To qualify for the examination you must be at least 18 years old. You must also meet one of the following requirements:

  • Four year construction-related degree from an accredited college (equivalent to three years’ experience) and one year proven related experience
  • One year of experience as a foreman and not less than three years of credits for any accredited college-level courses
  • One year experience as a workman, one year proven experience as a foreman, and two years of credits for any accredited college level courses
  • Two years’ experience as a workman, one year experience as a foreman, and one year of credits for any accredited college level courses
  • Four years’ experience as a workman or foreman of which at least one year must have been as a foreman
  • Holding an active certified or registered Florida contractor's license

Exam Info and Fee The Division I exams have three parts; business and finance, contract administration, and project management.

To become a licensed certified contractor, an applicant must pass all parts of the exam, meet education/experience requirements, obtain worker's compensation coverage and demonstrate financial responsibility. The fee for the examination is $135. If you are applying between June 4th of an even year and August 31st of an odd year, the license will be $409. If you are applying between September 1st of an odd year and June 3rd of an even year, the license will cost $309.

Insurance Requirements Minimum amounts required for general liability insurance are :
General and building contractors - $300,000 bodily injury, 50,000 property damage
All other categories - 100,000 bodily injury, 25,000 property damage

To qualify as an individual you must submit:

  • a credit report
  • a financial statement showing positive net worth
  • a statement of bonding limits, an irrevocable letter of credit, or a compliance bond of $10,000
  • evidence of worker's compensation insurance or exemption
  • evidence of public liability insurance in the amount of at least $100,000/$300,000
  • evidence of property damage insurance in the amount of at least $100,000/$300,000

Financial Requirements provide a credit report that shows a credit score of 660 or higher. Applicants whose credit score is below 660 must submit a licensing bond ranging from $5000.00 to $20,000 depending on the licensure classification sought.

Reciprocity If you have a trade license from another state, you may qualify for the trade exam if you can prove you got your license by passing an exam,  that your license required experience equal to what the Board requires and documentation regarding scope of work allowed by the licensee. Other than this Florida doesn't have any reciprocity or endorsement agreements other states.

Experience Requirements present evidence of your experience for the category in which you wish to be licensed. A contractor must have at least four years of field experience in the category being considered, and one of those years has to be acting under a supervisory role. This last requirement could be substituted by at least three years of undergraduate credit hours. When the contractor wishes to be certified as a building or general contractor, he/she must present evidence of experience in four of these categories:

  • Foundations/Slabs in excess of 20,000 square feet
  • Masonry walls
  • Steel erection
  • Elevated slabs
  • Pre-cast concrete structures
  • Column erection
  • Formwork for structural reinforced concrete

In addition to these requirements, contractors must present their past criminal history information, insurance minimum bonding active at all times ($300K liability, $5k property damage) or any other amount the contractor boards deemed necessary. Finally, the contractor must also present active workers’ compensation coverage or an exemption.