Building Contractor

Examination Info

Below is information you will need concerning your Building Contractor exam

Scope

Building contractor means a contractor whose services are limited to construction of commercial buildings and single-dwelling or multiple-dwelling residential buildings, which do not exceed three stories in height, and accessory use structures in connection therewith or a contractor whose services are limited to remodeling, repair, or improvement of any size building if the services do not affect the structural members of the building.

 

What are the Requirements to Become a Building Contractor in Florida?

Here is what you need to get your BC license in Florida:

Building Contractor Requisites

  • Have experience in the trade
  • Age: Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Examination: Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Contract Administration, Project Management, and Business). Please note that the application process cannot be started until the exams are taken and passing scores are obtained.
  • Financial / Credit: Applicants will need to provide proof of financial stability and responsibility by submitting personal credit reports. Credit reports must include a FICO derived credit score and indicate that local, state and federal records have been searched. Credit report containing a credit score (FICO derived) on applicant from a nationally recognized credit reporting agency, which includes a public records statement that records have been checked at local, state, and federal levels. If credit score is below 660 (FICO derived) applicant must submit a bond or irrevocable letter of credit. Note that Fifty percent (50%) of the bond or letter of credit requirement may be met by completion of a 14-hour financial responsibility course.
  • Fingerprints: An applicant must have a background check as part of the licensing process.
  • Insurance: Applicants are required to attest that they have obtained public liability and property damage insurance in the amounts determined by Board rule. Applicants are also required to obtain workers compensation insurance or obtain an exemption from worker’s compensation insurance within 30 days of issuance of their license.
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    Ways to prove your Building Contractor Experience

      • Work Experience and/or Education
        • Four-year construction-related degree from an accredited college (equivalent to three years’ experience) and one year proven experience applicable to the category for which you are applying.
        • One year experience as a foreman and not less than three years of credits from accredited college-level courses.
        • One year experience as a worker, one-year experience as a foreman, and two years of credits from accredited college-level courses.
        • Two years’ experience as a worker, one year experience as a foreman, and one year of credits from accredited college-level courses.
        • Four years’ experience as a worker or foreman of which at least one year must have been as a foreman.
        • Be a certified residential contractor holding an active current license for a minimum of 4 years.

      • Military Service
        • Three years of military service and one year experience as a foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying.
        • Two years of military service, one year experience as a foreman, and one year experience as a worker or foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying.
        • One year of military service, one year experience as a foreman, and two years experience as a worker or foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying.

     

    Areas of Construction which satisfy BC Experience Requirements

    Must have at least one year of experience in the new construction of habitable structures three stories or less in height.

    Applicants for the Certified Building Contractor License must have experience in four or more of the experience areas listed below:

        • Foundation/Slabs greater than 20,000 sq. ft.
        • Masonry walls
        • Steel erection
        • Column erection
        • Formwork for structural reinforced concrete
        • Elevated slabs

     

    Examination Outline

    All Florida Building Contractor candidates are required to pass the Business and Finance Examination and the Building Contractor Trade Examinations administered by Pearson Vue. The Building Contractor Trade Examination is a two part exam: 1) Contract Administration and 2) Project Management.

    Contract Administration

    The Contract Administration portion of the examination will be administered daily in Computer Based Testing (CBT) format. The examination will consist of 50 equally weighted questions (plus 5 pilot questions) covering the management and operation activities of a construction company. You will have 4.5 hours to complete the exam and must score a 70% in order to pass.

    You should be prepared to respond to examination questions on any of the content areas listed in the below links:

  • Building Contractors Contract Administration Examination Content Information - (Current)
  • Building Contractors Contract Administration Examination Content Information - (Effective January 1, 2020)
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    Project Management

    The Project Management portion of the examination will be administered daily in Computer Based Testing (CBT) format. The examination will consist of 50 equally weighted questions (plus 5 pilot questions) covering managing, controlling, and conducting a specific project. You will have 4.5 hours to complete the exam and must score a 70% in order to pass.

    You should be prepared to respond to examination questions on any of the content areas listed in the below links:

  • Building Contractors Project Management Examination Content Information - (Current)
  • Building Contractors Project Management Examination Content Information - (Effective January 1 , 2020)
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    To speak to a Pearson Vue customer service representative about an exam reservation, please call 888-204-6230

     

    Approved References

    The answers to the examination questions will be based on the editions listed below. Some of the questions will also be based on field experience and knowledge of trade practices. Editions earlier or later than those listed below can be brought to the examination but AT YOUR OWN RISK. However, ONLY ONE COPY of each reference will be allowed into the examination.

    1. A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, 2017
    2. A401 Standard Form of Agreement between Contractor-Subcontractor, 2017
    3. A701 Instructions to Bidders, 2018
    4. Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926
    5. Contractors Manual, 2017
    6. Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida, 9th Ed., 2017
    7. Building Component Safety Information: BCSI-ED2-D “Guide to Good Practices for Handling, Installing and Bracing of Metal Connected Wood Trusses”, 2018
    8. Florida Building Code - Building, 2017
    9. Florida Building Code - Accessibility, 2017
    10. Florida Building Code - Residential, 2017
    11. Florida Building Code – Existing Building, 2017
    12. Florida Building Code – Energy Conservation, 2017
    13. Builder's Guide to Accounting, Michael C. Thomsett, Copyright 2001
    14. Building Estimator’s Reference Book, Walker’s, 31st Edition, 2017
    15. Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, Steven H. Kosmatka, Beatrix Kerkhoff and William C. Panarese, 16th Edition, 2016
    16. Placing Reinforcing Bars, 9th or 10th Edition
    17. Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, Ronald C. Smith and Cameron K. Andres, 10th Edition, 2019
    18. Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products, GA-216, 2018 Edition.

    Photocopies will not be allowed unless the appropriate authorities (DBPR and the publishers) have given written authorization. Hand-written and typewritten notes are NOT allowed. Existing handwritten notes must be blackened out or whitened out completely, by the candidate, prohibiting legibility. Moveable tabs (e.g., Post-it® Flags) are NOT allowed. You will not be permitted to make any marks in your references during the examination.