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Florida Contractor License Renewal Courses

Florida Contractor License Renewal CoursesOur online continuing education courses are fast and easy!  Take them anytime from any computer or mobile device.

Fully approved by the Florida DBPR — Provider #0005830

“The course was very informative and well put together. I’ve taken many classes
and this was one of the better online courses I’ve taken. I truly enjoyed it!”
  Dominic Coloutes

A good bang for the buck.  Well worth the money.  Very easy to navigate the website,
which was a plus.  It is nice to take courses I can actually use
.”  Frank Nelson

 

Contractor License Renewal Deadline: August 31 annually.

Registered Contractors are required to complete fourteen (14) hours of continuing education each odd year.
Certified Contractors are required to complete fourteen (14) hours of continuing education each even year.

 

START NOW! Choose a Video or Fully Narrated Course Below

 

Florida Contractor Continuing Education Course Packages

14-Hour Florida Contractor License Renewal
Package #1 – ADA Standards: Key Features and Elements

Courses within this package are either VIDEO or FULLY NARRATED and fulfill all requirements for a two-year renewal cycle for Registered Contractors and Certified Contractors.

  • 7-Hour ADA Standards: Key Features and Elements (#0610639)
  • 6-Hour Online Required Competency Course (#0610132)
  • 2014 FL Gable End Anchoring and Framing in High-Velocity Hurricane Zones Advanced Internet Module (#0612120)

(For an overview of each course, please see the individual course below for the course syllabus.)

Price: $85.00

14-Hour Florida Contractor License Renewal
Package #2  Weatherization and Renewable Energy

Courses within this package are either VIDEO or FULLY NARRATED and fulfill all requirements for a two-year renewal cycle for Registered Contractors and Certified Contractors.

  • 7-Hour Florida Weatherization and Renewable Energy (#0610624 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI303 for 6 Hrs.)
  • 6-Hour Online Required Competency Course (#0610132)
  • 1-Hour Online Advanced Module on Thermal & Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out (#0612041) 

(For an overview of each course, please see the individual course below for the course syllabus.)

Price: $85.00

14-Hour Florida Contractor License Renewal Package #3Construction Safety Standards

Courses within this package are either VIDEO or FULLY NARRATED and fulfill all requirements for a two-year renewal cycle for Registered Contractors and Certified Contractors.

  • 7-Hour Florida Online Construction Safety Standards (#0610133 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI301 for 6 Hrs.)
  • 6-Hour Online Required Competency Course (#0610132)
  • 2014 FL Gable End Anchoring and Framing in High-Velocity Hurricane Zones Advanced Internet Module (#0612120)

(For an overview of each course, please see the individual course below for the course syllabus.)

Price: $85.00

14-Hour Florida Contractor License Renewal
Package #4Contracts, Liability, and Risk Management

Courses within this package are either VIDEO or FULLY NARRATED and fulfill all requirements for a two-year renewal cycle for Registered Contractors and Certified Contractors:

  • 7-Hour Florida Online Contracts, Liability and Risk Management (#0610130 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI302 for 6 Hrs.)
  • 6-Hour Online Required Competency Course (#061032)
  • 1-Hour Online Advanced Module on Thermal & Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out (#0612041)

(For an overview of each course, please see the individual course below for the course syllabus.)

Price: $85.00

14-Hour Florida Contractor License Renewal
Package #5Efficient Project Management

This FULLY NARRATED course package fulfills all requirements for a two-year renewal cycle for Registered Contractors and Certified Contractors:

  • 7-Hour Florida Online Project Management (#0610131 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI304 for 6 Hrs.)
  • 6-Hour Online Required Competency Course (#061032)
  • 2014 FL Gable End Anchoring and Framing in High-Velocity Hurricane Zones Advanced Internet Module (#0612120)

(For an overview of each course, please see the individual course below for the course syllabus.)

 

Price: $85.00

NEW! 14-Hour Florida Contractor License Renewal
Package #6 – Drones in Construction and Successful Site Design

Courses within this package are either VIDEO or FULLY NARRATED and fulfill all requirements for a two-year renewal cycle for Registered Contractors and Certified Contractors.

  • 4-Hour Drones in Construction (#0611776)
  • 6-Hour Online Required Competency Course (#0610132)
  • 3-Hour Successful Site Design (#0611775)
  • 1-Hour Online Advanced Module on Thermal & Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out (#0612041)

(For an overview of each course, please see the individual course below for the course syllabus.)

Price: $85.00

Individual Contractor Florida Continuing Education Courses

7-Hour Required Competency including 1-Hour Advanced Module

Approved for Business Practices –  7 hours

Fully Narrated

The following topics are covered: Workplace Safety (lead remediation), Business Practices (Lien Law), Worker’s Compensation, Construction Laws and Rules, Wind Mitigation and a 1-hour Advanced Module on Gable End Anchoring and Framing for High-Velocity Winds

  • 6-Hour Online Required Competency Course (#061032)
  • 1-Hour Online Advanced Module on Thermal & Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out (#0612041)

(For an overview of each course, please see the individual course below for the course syllabus.)

Price: $69.00

 

New! 7-Hour Florida Manage Your Way to Big Profits

Approved for Business Practices – 7 hours

Fully Narrated (Course #0611600 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI334)

This course teaches you to handle the scope of responsibilities of a professional construction project manager, both residential and commercial. The course begins with preconstruction services and start-up, taking your through controlling finances, project progress, and safety, environmental and energy concerns, and proper close-out to achieve successful profits and satisfied clients.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

7-Hour Florida Estimating and Bidding for Success

Fully Narrated (Course #0611018 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI330)

This course is an introduction to the construction estimating process. Although this course will be beneficial to junior estimators just entering in the field, it could also help architects, engineers and contractors become more familiar with how bids are prepared.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

7-Hour Florida Financial Responsibilities: Effective Business Strategies

Approved for Florida Financial Responsibilities – 7 hours

Fully Narrated (Course #0610623)

Provides new or growing business owners a solid foundation in effective financial strategies.  Outlines the fundamental principles of keeping accurate records, understanding basic accounting practices and bookkeeping skills that are essential for any business owner.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

7-Hour Florida Contracts, Liability, and Risk Management 

Approved for Florida Financial Responsibilities – 7 hours

Video Course (Course #0610130 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI302 for 6 Hrs.)

Course fulfills requirements outlined by 61G4-18.001 for Workplace Safety, Business Practices (Lien Law, Worker’s Compensation, Construction Laws and Rules and Wind Mitigation.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

7-Hour Weatherization and Renewable Energy

Video Course (Course #0610624 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI303 for 6 Hrs.)

This course explores factors that contribute to exterior shell failure and identifies practical solutions that will preserve the integrity of the building envelope.  Students will gain an awareness of the benefits of solar and wind energy for residential and commercial use.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

7-Hour Florida Construction Safety Standards

Fully Narrated (Course #0610133 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI301 for 6 Hrs.)

Review of the safety codes required for residential construction.  You will learn the responsibilities of both the employee and employer.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

7-Hour Florida Project Management

Approved for Business Practices – 7 hours

Fully Narrated (Course #0610131 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI304 for 6 Hrs.)

Focuses on the primary responsibilities of a project manager: managing project costs and time, while completing the project to the expected degree of quality.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

7-Hour Florida 2010 ADA Standards: Key Features and Elements General

Video Course (Course #0610639)

This course covers the fourth through tenth chapters of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The material for this course is presented by simple narration and power point video presentation, including on-site, real-world video examples in various accessible buildings used by both the public and the private sector.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

6-Hour ADA Standards: Real World Application 

Video Course (Course #0610622 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI312 for 6 Hrs.)

This course covers ADA Standards for Handicap Accessible Design, Chapter 2, Scoping Requirements which set the stage for all ADA standards.  On-site, real world video examples in various accessible buildings, used by both the public and by private businesses are included throughout the course.

Course Syllabus

Price: $59.00

6-Hour Required Competency Course

Approved for Business Practices – 6 hours

Fully Narrated (Course #0610132 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI311 for 6 Hrs.)

Course fulfills all requirements for registered contractors and certified contractors. Topics include Workplace Safety (lead remediation), Business Practices (Lien Law), Worker’s Compensation, Construction Laws and Rules, and Wind Mitigation.

Course Syllabus

Price: $59.00

NEW! 4-Hour Drones in Construction

Video (Course #0611776)

This course is designed to familiarize business owners with the practical use of drone technology. The following topics will be discussed: Types of UAV/Drone Technology, Federal Laws and Regulations, Cost of Drones, Drones in Your Industry and Acquiring Images.

Course Syllabus

Price: $49.00

NEW! 3-Hour Successful Site Design

Fully Narrated (Course #0611775)

This three-hour fully narrated course will help you to navigate your entire team through the challenges and pitfalls of site development, all the time with an eye toward building design.

Course Syllabus

Price: $39.00

2-Hour Ethics and Professional Development Course

Video with Text  (Course #0610810 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI308)

This two-hour video course will provide an overview of ethical theory and application that will help you establish and maintain hard earned business relationships.

Course Syllabus

Price: $29.00

1-Hour  2014 FL Gable End Anchoring and Framing in High-Velocity Hurricane Zones Advanced Internet Module

This course applies one credit towards the Florida Building Commission Advanced Credit. Course # 817.0. DBPR Approval 0612120

Price: $19.00

1-Hour  Advanced Module: Thermal & Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out

Printable Text Course (Course #0612041 and Architect AIA Members #AIABLTI324)

This course identifies moisture and weather related problems and will identify practical solutions based on the building code requirements.  This internet course is intended to provide a minimum of one hour of continuing education to professionals involved in planning, design, and construction of structures susceptible to moisture related issues.

Course Syllabus

Price: $19.00

  

FAQs for Florida State Continuing Education

 

How much continuing education do I need to renew my Florida Contractors license?

All Registered Contractors and Certified Contractors are required to complete fourteen (14) hours of continuing education each renewal cycle.  Of the fourteen hours, one hour is required in each of the following topics:

  • Specialized or Advanced Module that is approved by the Florida Building Commission
  • Workplace Safety
  • Business Practices
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Laws and Rules Regulating the Construction Industry
  • Wind Mitigation Methodologies (if license is held in the following category:  General, Building, Residential, Roofing, Specialty Structure, or Glass & Glazing.

The remaining hours may include any of the above topics or general topics to the industry.

 

Do your continuing education courses meet all Florida state requirements?

Yes!  All of our courses are approved by the Florida Construction Industry Board. They are also approved by the American Institute of Architects and the Florida Division of Professions Board of Architecture and Interior Design.

 

What Florida license categories are your continued education courses approved for?

Our courses are approved for Construction Industry licenses to include the following license categories:

  • Air Conditioning Service
  • Building
  • Class A Air Conditioning
  • Class B Air Conditioning
  • Commercial Pool/Spa
  • General
  • Internal Pollutant StorageTank Lining Applicator
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Pollutant Storage Systems
  • Precision Tank Tester
  • Residential
  • Residential Pool/Spa
  • Roofing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Solar
  • Specialty: Drywall
  • Specialty: Demolition
  • Specialty: Gas Line 
  • Specialty: Glass and Glazing 
  • Specialty: Irrigation 
  • Specialty: Marine
  • Specialty: Residential Pool/Spa Servicing
  • Specialty: Solar Water Heating 
  • Specialty: Structure 
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Decking
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Excavation 
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Finishes 
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Layout 
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Piping 
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Structural 
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Trim 
  • Specialty: Tower 
  • Swimming Pool/Spa Service
  • Underground Utility and Excavation

 

When does my Florida Contractors license renew?

Certified contractors renew their license by August 31 each even-numbered year.
Registered contractors renew their license by August 31 each odd-numbered year.

 

What is the difference between a certified license and a registered license in Florida?

Certified licenses are statewide and allow you to work as a contractor anywhere in Florida. Registered licenses are limited to certain local jurisdictions and only allow you to work in the cities or counties where you hold a certificate of competency.

 

Does Florida charge a fee to renew my license?

Yes, here is the fee schedule:

  • Current, Active Individual – $209.00
  • Current, Active Qualifying Business – $259.00
  • Delinquent, Active Individual – $309.00
  • Delinquent, Active Qualifying Business – $359.00
  • Current, Inactive – $59.00
  • Delinquent, Inactive – $218.00

 

I am changing my Florida license status to inactive. Am I required to maintain my continuing education?

No. However, when you reactivate your license, you must show proof of completing 14 hours of continuing education for the renewal cycle immediately preceding reactivation of your license. Included in the 14 hours, you must show that you have complied with all requirements for your license type.

 

Can Florida continuing education be completed online?

Yes. Providers with the “C / I” or “I” designation are approved to offer online courses.

Our courses are all approved for Florida online continuing education, Provider #0005830.

 

How can I check on the number of hours of continuing education I have completed?

Go to https://www.myfloridalicense.com/ActivateAccountInstruct.asp?Page=CErequirements.asp&SID= to log on or activate your account and verify your completed CE hours.

 

Who do I contact at the state level for continuing education questions?

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL  32399
(850) 487-1395

 

FAQs for General Florida Licensing Requirements

To do construction in the State of Florida, all contractors must have a Certified License or Registered License.  Certified Licenses are statewide and allow you to work as a contractor anywhere in Florida.  Registered Licenses are limited to certain local jurisdictions and only allow you to work in the cities or counties where you hold a certificate of competency.

A contractor is someone who demolishes, subtracts from, builds or improves any building or structure for compensation.  All contractor licenses are divided into 2 Divisions.

Division one –  all structural type licenses (all general, building and residential contractors).

Division two – non-structural type licenses (plumbing, roofing, pool/spa, etc).

How do I get my contractor license in Florida?

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation issues twenty different construction licenses.  Individuals seeking licensure in Florida are required to:

  1. Take and pass all required examinations.
  2. Have four years of experience or a combination of college and experience (see application instruction page for complete information).
  3. Provide proof of financial stability and responsibility by submitting personal credit reports that include a FICO credit score
  4. Have a background check and fingerprints
  5. Attest that they have obtained public liability and property damage insurance and workers compensation insurance
  6. Pay the required fee as provided in the application payable to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation
  7. Complete the “Printable Application” by clicking on the link for desired license on web site at:  http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/

Mail your completed application, documentation and required fee(s) to:

Department of Business and Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL  32399
(850) 487-1395

What are the fees for construction applications?

  • Certified Contractor’s Exam – $135.00
  • Financially Responsible Officer – $200.00
  • Limited Non-Renewable Registration – $309.00
  • Initial Licensure for Certified Contractor – If you passed all parts of your exam prior to January 1, 2009, the following fees apply:  $409.00 if you are applying for initial licensure between May 1 of an even year and August 31 of an odd year.  The fee is prorated to $309.00 if you are applying for initial licensure between September 1 of an odd year and April 30 of an even year.  If you apply to qualify a business, you will pay an additional Business Registration fee of $50.00.
  • Initial Licensure for Certified Contractor – If you passed any part of your examination after January 1, 2009, the following fees apply: $249.00 if you are applying for initial licensure between May 1 of an even year and August 31 of an odd year. The fee is prorated to $149.00 if you are applying for initial licensure between September 1 of an odd year and April 30 of an even year. If you apply to qualify a business, you will pay an additional Business Registration fee of $50.
  • Initial Licensure for Registered Contractor – $309.00 if you are applying for initial licensure between May 1 of an odd year and August 31 of an even year. The fee is prorated to $209.00 if you are applying for initial licensure between September 1 of an even year and April 30 of an odd year. If you apply to qualify a business, you will pay an additional Business Registration fee of $50.

Are there any Education, Exam or Experience requirements to get my Florida Contractors License?

Yes, all licensure requires an exam.  All Division 1 licenses require 3 exams:  Business & Finance, Contract Administration, and Project Management.  Division 2 licenses require only 2 exams:  Business & Finance and Trade Knowledge.  Visit the Construction Industry Licensing Board web site for examination information on all 20 construction licenses at:  http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/index.html.  Specific information for each examination can be found in the “Examination Content Information” and “Reference List” documents for each trade.  Knowledge of basic mathematics is also required for each part of the exam.  Apply to Professional Testing Inc. by calling (407) 264-0562 or online at:  www.floridaexam.com.  Pearson Vue is the contracted vendor for the Business and Finance Exam.  They schedule, administer, score and report the results for the tests.  Candidates must pass all required examinations to be licensed.

Applicants are required to have 4 years of experience or a combination of college and experience.  For a complete listing of all experience/education requirements, see the application’s instruction page.

 

Does Builders License Training Institute have courses that meet the Florida “financial responsibilities” requirement?

Yes, we have two courses that meet the Florida “financial responsibilities” requirement. Click on the approval number for more information on the courses:

  • 7-Hour Florida Financial Responsibilities: Effective Business Strategies – #0610623
  • 7-Hour Florida Online Contracts, Liability and Risk Management – #0610130

What is “Grandfathering” of a registered contractor’s license?

Grandfathering allows a currently registered contractor to apply for and receive a state wide certified contractor’s license in their same category of licensure without sitting for the state contractor’s examination if the contractor meets certain criteria set forth in Section 489.118, Florida Statutes.

In order to have your registered contractor’s license grandfathered, you must:

  1. Currently hold a valid state-registered license in one of the contractor categories defined in Section 489.105(3)(a)-(p), Florida Statutes.
  2. Have, for that category, passed a written examination that the board finds to be substantially similar to the examination required to be licensed as a certified contractor under this part. For purposes of this subsection, a written, proctored examination such as that produced by the National Assessment Institute, Block and Associates, NAI/Block, Experior Assessments, Professional Testing, Inc., or Assessment Systems, Inc., shall be considered to be substantially similar to the examination required to be licensed as a certified contractor. The board may not impose or make any requirements regarding the nature or content of these cited examinations.
  3. Have at least 5 years of active state-registered experience as a contractor in that contracting category, or as an inspector or building administrator with oversight over that category, at the time of application.
  4. Have not had your contractor’s license revoked at any time, had your contractor’s license suspended within the last 5 years, or been assessed a fine in excess of $500 within the last 5 years.
  5. Be in compliance with the insurance and financial responsibility requirements in Section 489.115(5), Florida Statutes.

All applications for grandfathering must be postmarked no later than November 1, 2015 to be considered for grandfathering.

The application fee is $309.00

 

Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in Florida?

No

 

Does Florida require a General contractor (commercial contractor) license?

Yes

 

I am licensed in another state, does Florida have reciprocity with other states?

No.  However, if you have a trade license from another state and can prove you got your license by passing an exam and meeting experience requirements equal to the Florida Board requirements, you may qualify for the trade exam.

Information is continually added and updated.  Please check back.

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