A Florida contractor license can be obtained by passing a licensing examination provided you have completed the necessary years of training and experience. Electrical contractors in Florida can be registered or certified.
A certified electrical contractor is allowed to work throughout the state while a registered electrical contractor is licensed to work in a certain county or region. In addition, Florida provides specialty licenses for electricians who want to work with alarm systems, utility lines, lighting maintenance, limited energy, and sign specialties.
To qualify for the Florida contractor license examination, you must first complete six years of technical education, work experience, or comprehensive training within 12 years of taking the test. You should have at least three years management experience in the trade within six years of taking the test, or you could have four years as a supervisor or foreman within eight years. You may also qualify for the test if you have worked for three years as a licensed engineer.
The Florida electrical contractor test is administered for the state of Florida by an independent testing agency. You must first apply for your license through the state along with all applicable fees. Once your application is accepted you can schedule the examination. The examination is proctored by PearsonVUE and a separate fee must be paid to them when you take the test. The test covers three areas: safety, general business, and technical knowledge.
The test is open book and can be retaken if not passed the first time. Each additional try incurs another fee and may require additional continuing education before you can attempt the test. Examination scores are valid for a period of two years so you must pass all portions of the exam and complete the licensing process within two years of taking the first examination.
A certified electrical Florida contractor license costs $300 and a registered license costs $125. A license is valid for two years then must be renewed. Fourteen hours of continuing education credits are required for renewal. Seven hours must be related to technical subjects, one hour must relate to business practices, one hour must be on an advanced topic, one hour must be on workman’s comp, and one hour must be on safety in the workplace.
Florida allows licensure by endorsement if you are a licensed electrical contractor in another state that has similar standards as the state of Florida such as North Carolina, Georgia, and California.
In addition to the official application documents, when you file for a Florida electrical contractor license, you must also undergo a criminal background check and credit report as well as provide a personal financial statement. These forms can be downloaded from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website.