Florida Residential Contractor License FAQ

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

 

Scope

Residential Contractor means a contractor whose services are limited to construction, remodeling, repair, or improvement of one-family, two-family, or three-family residences not exceeding two habitable stories above no more than one uninhabitable story and accessory use structures in connection therewith.

 

Examination Outline

All Florida Residential 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 45 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 45 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.