Florida General Contractors FAQ

Below is the information you will need concerning your General Contractor exam

 

Scope

General Contractor means a contractor whose services are unlimited as to the type of work which he or she may do, who may contract for any activity requiring licensure under this part, and who may perform any work requiring licensure under this part, except as otherwise expressly provided in s. 489.113.

 

Examination Outline

All Florida General Contractor candidates are required to pass the Business and Finance Examination and the Building Contractor Trade Examinations administered by Pearson Vue. The General 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 60 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:

 

Project Management

The Project Management portion of the examination will be administered daily in Computer Based Testing (CBT) format. The examination will consist of 60 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:

 

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.