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Obtaining a Specialty Structure Contractor license in Florida
“Specialty Structure Contractor” is a contractor whose services are limited to the execution of contracts requiring the experience, knowledge and skill necessary for the fabrication, assembling, handling, erection, installation, replacement, dismantling, adjustment, alteration, repair, servicing and design work when not prohibited by law, in accordance with accepted engineering data and/or according to manufacturers specifications in the aluminum, metal, canvas, vinyl and fiberglass screening, doors and windows, hurricane protection devices and allied construction materials.
Method of Qualification
In order to become licensed, you must meet the following qualifications.
(a) – Is 18 years of age,
(b) – Is of good moral character, and
(c) – Meets eligibility requirements according to one of the following criteria:
Has a total of at least 4 years of active experience as a worker who has learned the trade by serving an apprenticeship as a skilled worker who is able to command the rate of a mechanic in the particular trade or as a foreman who is in charge of a group of workers and usually is responsible to a superintendent or a contractor or his or her equivalent, provided, however, that at least 1 year of active experience shall be as a foreman.
Has received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited 4-year college in the appropriate field of engineering, architecture, or building construction and has 1 year of proven experience in the category in which the person seeks to qualify. For the purpose of this part, a minimum of 2,000 person-hours shall be used in determining full-time equivalency.
Has a combination of not less than 1 year of experience as a foreman and not less than 3 years of credits for any accredited college-level courses; has a combination of not less than 1 year of experience as a skilled worker, 1 year of experience as a foreman, and not less than 2 years of credits for any accredited college-level courses; or has a combination of not less than 2 years of experience as a skilled worker, 1 year of experience as a foreman, and not less than 1 year of credits for any accredited college-level courses. All junior college or community college-level courses shall be considered accredited college-level courses.
Step 1. Purchase or rent the books you will need to take the licensing exam. The exam is open book and you are allowed to bring the state approved reference books to the exam with you.
Step 2. Register for your Florida specialty structure contractor trade knowledge exam and business and finance exam. We can help you with your exam registration - telephone CEI at: 800-423-7058. If you are confident with the required registration process and steps then you can register through Professional Testing Inc. at: www.floridaexam.com.
Step 3. Prepare for the licensing exams. You must pass both the technical trade knowledge exam and the business & finance exam to receive your license. We recommend that you sign up for our online or live business & finance exam preparation course to prepare for the business & finance exam, especially if you are not very familiar with accounting and construction business law.
Step 4. Take and pass both exams.
Step 5. Mail the license application with your passing exam scores to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. You will receive your license within approximately 60 days after submitting the completed application.
For detailed information please visit the State of Florida website.
Preparing for the Specialty Structure Contractor exam in Florida
Exam Details - What to Expect
The Applicant will be required to pass 2 separate exams with a score of 70% or higher.
Business & Finance Exam – 6.5 hour computer-based exam
Trade Knowledge Exam - 5 hour computer-based exam
Both exams are open-book, multiple-choice, and timed.
Reference books should be brought to both open book exams. Permanent book tabs and highlighting in books is allowed for the examinations.
Business & Finance Exam
The Business and Finance Examination consists of 120 questions. Candidates are allowed 6 ½ hours (390 minutes) of time to complete the examination.
Trade Knowledge Exam
The trade knowledge exam consists of 80 questions. Candidates are allowed 5 hours (300 minutes) of time to complete the examination.
Preparing for Your Exams
Applicants will need to get familiar with all of their exam books. Applicants must know how to properly read the test questions and quickly locate the answers. Knowing which books to use for each content area is essential to passing the exam. A quality exam preparation class is the best way to prepare for the exam. Most candidates are comfortable with the trade knowledge exam material, but need additional preparation for the business & finance exam material.
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Exam Reference Books
The licensing exams are open book exams. You must bring the books with you to your exams. The business and finance exam books will be tabbed and highlighted if you purchase an online or live business and finance course. The trade exam books are not tabbed or highlighted.
Specialty Structure Contractor Exam Book Set (Includes Trade Knowledge and Business & Finance Reference Books):
AIA Documents: (A-201, A-401, A-701)
Builder's Guide to Accounting
Florida Contractor's Manual
Florida Statutes Chapter 455
Code of Federal Regulations. OSHA Title 29, Part 1926
Building Estimator’s Reference Book, Walker’s
Concrete Masonry Handbook for Architects, Engineers, Builders
Design of Wood Frame Structures for Permanence, Wood Construction Data, #6
Vinyl Siding Installation Manual: A How – To Guide
Guide to Aluminum Construction in High Wind Areas
Concrete Finishers Guide
Florida Building Code – Building
Florida Building Code – Residential
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