Florida requires a Registered Contractor, Certified Contractor, and Specialty License in order to do construction work. A contractor license is required in Florida before bidding on any projects. In Florida, the individual registered plumber is licensed by the city or county while the contractual plumber is licensed by the state. To become a general licensed contractor, candidates are required to pass the Florida plumbing exam and the business and finance exam.
Applications for all trades (excluding electrical) can be obtained from the Florida Construction Industries Licensing Board by calling 850-487-1395.
Requirements to Obtaining a Plumbing License.
Individuals seeking licensure as a certified florida plumbing contractor, except for swimming pool specialty contractors, is required to sit for two exams, "business & finance" and the trade. However, you should ensure that you meet all requirements for licensure before applying for the examination. A passing grade on the examination alone does not qualify you for licensure.
- An individual applying for the certification examination must be at least 18 years of age.
- Applicants must document at least four years of experience in the trade.
- Applicants are also 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 general liability insurance that is required for licensure is $100,000 for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage.
Work that can be Done Under this Plumbing License
A "plumbing contractor" means a contractor whose contracting business consists of the execution of contracts requiring the experience, financial means, knowledge, and skill to install, maintain, repair, alter, extend, or, when not prohibited by law, design plumbing.
Applying to get your License
Applications can be obtained from the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board by calling 1-850-487-1395 or download a copy from the website at myfloridalicense.com.
Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation
Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Download link: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/servop/testing/documents/exam_applic_pack.pdf
Plumbing Trade Schools in Florida
There are plenty of good plumbing trade schools throughout the State of Florida. Some of theses schools are Public while others are Private trade schools. Where the Fort Myers Technical College is a Public Institution. The South Florida Institute of Technology is a Private Institution and the Florida Electrical Apprenticeship & Training Institution runs for profit.
Fort Myers Technical College
3800 Michigan Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33916
Phone: (239) 334-4544
Tuition: Approximately $5,000/year
South Florida Institute of Technology
720 NW 27 Ave. 2nd Floor
Miami, FL 33125
Phone: (305) 649-2050
Tuition: Approximately $11,000 total
Suncoast Technical College
4748 Beneva Road
Sarasota, FL 34233
Tuition: Approximately $6,000/year
Florida Electrical Apprenticeship & Training
2900 W. Oak Ridge Rd., Bldg. 1600
Orlando, FL 32859
Tuition: Approximately $225/semester
State Licensing and Exams
Licensing and plumbing certification requirements for plumbers are usually determined at the state level and tend to vary slightly from state to state. Often, the job of enforcing and regulating these requirements falls to individual municipalities. To check the requirements for a plumbing license in a particular state select your location and find out How to get a plumbing license in your area..
If you need more informations on passing the journeyman plumbing exams then perhaps you might want to read: How To Do The Plumber Journeyman Exam to help you get started as an apprentice plumber or journeyman plumber.
- How to Become a Licensed Plumber in Florida (PHCE)
- Florida Plumbing Exams (test.com)