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Florida Contractor Licensing FAQs
The basic order of this process is
- Make sure you qualify and meet the licensing requirements.
- Send in the application to take the exam.
- Get prepared to take the exam with our Supreme Program.
- Once you pass both exams (technical and business), you'll send in your application to obtain the license.
Questions About Becoming Certified
You need to submit the application for examination with the required fees. After you pass both parts of the examination you will need to complete the application for an initial certified electrical or alarm contractor's license. Both applications are online at www.MyFloridaLicense.com > Apply Or Manage My License, click here. The initial certified licensure application requires you to provide proof of experience in the category for which you wish to become licensed as well as information on the business you wish to qualify. All initial certified licensure applications must be reviewed and approved by the Board at a regularly scheduled Board Meeting. After you pass the examination you will need to complete the application for an initial certified license.
The Master and/or Journeyman exam is generally identified as a County License. County license holders are only permitted to work within the county they hold the license in; however, you can use that license to obtain other licenses in other counties. The state contractor's license qualifies you to work all around the state and it's generally used to qualify a business. Contact the State at 850-487-1395 or your local county Building/Construction/Licensing Board. All county contact information can be found here.
The best place to confirm if you meet the requirements is directly from the state. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation does not license or regulate the journeyman's license. You must contact the local county licensing office in the jurisdiction where you intend to practice. All county contact information can be found here.
The best place to confirm if you meet the requirements is directly from the state. Check out the "Do I Qualify" tab for the basic requirements. If you feel your situation is more complex, we recommend you contact the state of Florida at 850-487-1395 or our partner API to help answer those questions for you, 800-947-6939.
Get information about endorsement procedures and application on the State of Florida ECLB FAQs here: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/electrical-contractors/faqs/
Questions About The Exam
We have been preparing students to pass these exams for 30+ years. Here is how the live class can help you
- Teaches you how to approach the test strategically to find the right answers.
- Helps you mentally prepare for the exam.
- Teaches you how to manage your time when taking the exam.
- Reviews how to quickly use your reference books on test day.
- Gives you instructions on how to properly tab your books to make it easier to find the right answers when you need them.
Your exam is based on multiple reference books that are sold by Palm Construction Bookstore https://palm-school.com/state-exam/electrical-alarm/electrical-contractor/. Call them at 407-345-0096 and be sure you tell them the exam you are taking.
- The exam is administered by Pearson Vue. There are locations all over the country. Once you get approved by the state to sit for your exam:
- Contact Pearson Vue by phone, or on their website.
- The state provided you with an "Application Number" when you got approved to take the exam. You'll need this number when signing up for the exam.
- We strongly recommend that you do the exam within a week of the class—and not both on the same day. Do the business exam first, and then the technical the next day. You can schedule the exam on their website here: https://home.pearsonvue.com/
The Application Number is provided on the exam approval letter that you received from the state. You can contact Pearson Vue at https://home.pearsonvue.com/ or calling 1-888-204-6230.
Passing examination scores are valid for two (2) years from the date of the examination. Therefore, you must pass both parts of the examination and apply for licensure within two (2) years of the date you pass the first part of the examination. For more information on exams and if you don't pass, review tab "Exam and applications, Step 2" or review Florida ECLB FAQs here: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/electrical-contractors/faqs/
If you don't pass the Technical portion of your exam, you can retake the exam by reapplying for it with the Department of Professional Regulation and paying the required fee for each additional retake. If you do not pass this exam within three tries you will then need to complete seven hours of Continuing Education in order to take this again. You will also need to redo your application completely and resend the required fee with your proof of Continuing Education. If you do not pass the Business portion of your exam then you can take this test again after 21 days by contacting Pearson Vue. Again, you have three tries to pass this exam. If you do not pass this exam after three tries, you will need to take 7 hours of Continuing Education to reapply to the state to retake this for the 4th time.
- Click Here for the Retake application form that is required for the Technical and/or the Business portion of your exam and send your check and form via certified mail or overnight for tracking purposes. Pearson Vue may require additional fees to retake this exam.
Questions About Our Program
We strongly recommend that you work through your home-study FAQ- content before you arrive for the first day of class. The home-study material is a key portion of your program. The workbooks & videos will give you the knowledge you need on the NEC, which is about 50-65% of your exam. Our class will not teach you Code—we assume that when you come to the class you already know the Code well and are familiar with all the reference books—that's what our home-study materials will do for you. You will have the most success if you complete the home-study material before attending the class.
When you commit to this program and study all the books we send you, and you do the work, you will pass your exam. In most cases the feedback from the failed exams is that the student didn't study the NEC books we sent them before going to the class. If you go to the class and you take a lot of breaks, and phone-calls, and don't sit through John's training you may not. If you work our system, you will pass.
The exam is administered by Pearson Vue. We don't give the exam. You'd need to schedule it by contacting Pearson Vue, https://home.pearsonvue.com/ or 1-888-204-6230
We recommend you take the exam within a week of completing our Live class. You should schedule the Business and Technical exams on separate days, but both within a week of the class. The exam is administered by Pearson Vue, sign up for exam https://home.pearsonvue.com/ or 1-888-204-6230.
The class is all day for 6 days straight, and some days, it will be from 8am-10pm. For a sample class schedule click here.
We recommend that you stay at or near the class hotel. The schedule includes long days and it’s easier on you if you are staying at the class hotel, or close to it. If you’re searching for alternative accommodations, we suggest that you compare the pricing of the class hotel only to the hotels within close proximity to the class address. The hotel location can be found here, under “Class Location”:
Please bring all the required items on the checklist in step 1 in box “What to Bring to Class”. You may also want to bring a jacket since the room will be cold.
There will be breaks for all meal times. There is no food provided in the class, but there is a restaurant and store on-site that you can go to during breaks.
We recommend 8-12 weeks to go through the home-study program, depending on how much experience you have with taking exams.
Our home study portion provides testing online and you will get immediate feedback on your scores in all areas of your exam. This is a great opportunity for you to go back and review your reference books and instruction so that you can master each area.
A class can be anywhere from 50 to 90 students. We have an instructor as well as an instructor aide on site to help facilitate the program.
You will be taking several tests during the live class to help you prepare for the actual exam, in each of the content areas on the Florida Exam.