Florida Electrical Contractors Guide To Using Online Courses For Exam Prep

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  Did you know Florida requires Electrical Contractors to have an approved license for work in the trade? Since 1997, AtHomePrep has helped over 350,000 students obtain their contractor’s license The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) regulates the licensing of Electrical Contractors in the state of Florida. All Electrical Contractors wishing to work in Florida must be licensed by the DBPR. Always visit the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Application Center for the most up-to-date information on obtaining an electrician’s license in Florida. View all Florida contractors licenses and FAQs.

Florida offers two kinds of electrical licenses:

A residential electrical contractor can install, maintain, alter, or repair any residential electrical equipment, control system, or device that is attached to any residence and includes the bidding and contracting for such work. An unlimited electrical contractor can install, maintain, alter, or repair any electrical equipment, control system, alarm system, or device that is attached to any building and includes the bidding and contracting for such work. You can choose a Certified License or a Registered License Certified licenses are statewide; a certified license allows you to work as a contractor anywhere in Florida. Registered licenses are limited to certain local jurisdictions; a registered license only allows you to work in the cities or counties where you have a competency card. 

Requirements to Obtaining Your License

  • Anyone seeking to become any type of electrical contractor in Florida is required to sit for two exams, business and finance and the trade.
  • Applicants are required to provide a credit report and financial statement that is no more than 12 months old. A net worth of $2,500 – $20,000 (depending on classification) is required.
  • The minimum Certification of Insurance coverage limits is $300,000 per occurrence, $500,000 property damage, $100,000 per person; or $800,000 combined single limit. Unlimited electrical contractors are required to have a performance or payment bond in the amount of $50,000, while specialty contractors are required to obtain a bond in the amount of $10,000.
Prior to applying, applicants must be able to meet one of the following experience requirements:
  • Must be licensed as an electrical professional engineer for three (3) years within the last 12 years; or
  • Must be licensed as a professional engineer for three (3) years within the last 12 years; or
  • Must have three (3) years of management experience in the trade within the last six (6) years immediately preceding the filing of the application; or
  • Must have four (4) years of experience as a foreman, supervisor or contractor in the trade within the last eight (8) years immediately preceding the filing of the application; or
  • Must have six (6) years of comprehensive training, technical education or broad experience associated with an electrical installation or servicing endeavor within the last 12 years immediately preceding the filing of the application; or
  • Must have at least six (6) years of technical experience in electrical work with the Armed Forces or a governmental entity within the last 12 years immediately preceding the filing of the application; or
  • Must have a combination of these qualifications totaling six (6) years of experience.
  • The required experience must include at least 40% of work that is in 3-phase services. (Unlimited applicants)

Applying For Your License

Applications can be obtained from the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board by calling 1-850-487-1395 or visit the DBPR licensing portal.  @HomePrep’s Florida Application Processing is here to ensure your application to become a state licensed contractor gets filled out correctly and promptly. We provide a professional service ensuring your privacy and comfort throughout the entire process. Following your purchase of the Florida Application Processing, our AP Coordinator will contact you to discuss the next steps. If you have any questions, please call us at 800-952-0910. We look forward to working with you.

Exam Details

The Technical/Safety examination is 100 questions and has a time limit of 5 hours. A 75% is required to pass. The fee for this exam is $127.50. Approximately 8 weeks after your examination, you will receive your official grade notice. To schedule your exam, please contact the Florida Electrical Contractors Licensing Board at 1-850-487-1395. The Business examination is 50 questions and has a time limit of 2 and 1/2 hours. A 75% is required to pass. Please note that this is a different business and law exam than other Florida licenses.

Books and References for the Exam

AtHomePrep offers two convenient book packages for electrical contractor applicants. Florida Residential Electrical Contractor License – Books Only Package Florida Unlimited Electrical Contractor License – Books Only Package  The packages contain everything you need to study for your exam. We also offer Florida Business and Finance Exam Review Online The Florida Contractor Business Exam Review Online includes:
  • Highlighting Guides
  • Practice Exams
  • Accounting and Finance Math
  • Study Tips
  • Licensing Information
  • Instructor Support
After you have purchased your online course with AtHomePrep, simply login to access your study material. Everything you need will be found on your account page. We also have education specialists standing by via chat, phone or email to answer any questions you might have.

References Permitted in the Exam

The following references are permitted to be taken into the examination. These references may be tabbed (with a permanent index tab) and highlighted. It is available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-952-0910. As always, check with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Application Center for the most up-to-date information on obtaining an electrician’s license in Florida.
  • Florida Contractors Manual – 2021 Edition
  • OSHA Part 1926
  • 2017 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)
  • NFPA 72 – National Fire Alarm Code
  • NFPA 780 – Lightning Protection Code
  • NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code

Exam Study Tips


It’s important to find out if your test is open-book before you study. If it is, you won’t need to memorize as much material. Having the proper reference materials for your test and marking your books with tabs and highlights will help you locate the answers you need quickly when you take the test.
 
Students perform their best after being in an environment focused on studying, whether in a quiet place or using headphones. Unfortunately, distractions are unavoidable, but our students have told us that they perform best when they are in a quiet place.
 
 Make sure you are well-rested before the exam, because many studies have shown a relationship between a rested mind and higher test scores.
 

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Additional Resources

Florida Trade Courses

Florida Electrical Reference Books

Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Application Center

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