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Steps to Get an Excavation Contractor License

Steps to Get an Excavation Contractor License

If you’re thinking about a career in contracting, how about going into the specialty of excavation contracting.  An excavation contractor?  is a contractor whose services fall into the construction, installation and repair of main sanitary sewer collection systems, main water distribution systems, and storm sewer collection systems? If this career sounds intriguing to you, read below for more information about what an excavation contractor does for a living.

An excavation contractor, by definition, is a “a contractor whose services are limited to the construction, installation, and repair, on public or private property, whether accomplished through open excavations or through other means, including, but not limited to, directional drilling, auger boring, jacking and boring, trenchless technologies, wet and dry taps, grouting, and slip lining, of main sanitary sewer collection systems, main water distribution systems, storm sewer collection systems, and the continuation of utility lines from the main systems to a point of termination up to and including the meter location for the individual occupancy, sewer collection systems at property line on residential or single-occupancy commercial properties, or on multi-occupancy properties at manhole or wye lateral extended to an invert elevation as engineered to accommodate future building sewers, water distribution systems, or storm sewer collection systems at storm sewer structures. However, an underground utility and excavation contractor may install empty underground conduits in rights-of-way, easements, platted rights-of-way in new site development, and sleeves for parking lot crossings no smaller than 2 inches in diameter if each conduit system installed is designed by a licensed professional engineer or an authorized employee of a municipality, county, or public utility and the installation of such conduit does not include installation of any conductor wiring or connection to an energized electrical system. An underground utility and excavation contractor may not install piping that is an integral part of a fire protection system as defined in s. 633.102 beginning at the point where the piping is used exclusively for such system.” read more

Why You Shouldn’t Work as an Unlicensed Contractor

Why You Shouldn’t Work as an Unlicensed Contractor

In Florida, working as an unlicensed contractor is illegal. In fact, it’s a criminal offense. For this topic, the information we will share comes directly from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).

If you want to be a contractor, it is in your best interest to get a contractor’s license. If you don’t, not only will you be eligible for fewer jobs, but you run the risk of getting caught working unlicensed, and being charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

Besides having an offense against you on your record, you can also be subject to court-ordered monetary restitution.

If you are in trouble, the homeowners you work for don’t even have to end up paying an you, as an unlicensed contractor, even if the work was done well. Now, not all contracting work requires a license, and there are exemptions. In order to fall under an exemption, you must to make sure you are working legally and properly (licensed required or not) so you will not get in trouble with the homeowner, state, or DBPR. read more

How to Upgrade Certain Florida Contractor Licenses

How to Upgrade Certain Florida Contractor Licenses

When you get certain contractor licenses, you can always upgrade down the line, especially if you want to pursue a higher-level job. After a period, certain certified licenses are eligible to be upgraded. Licenses that can upgrade include: HVAC – Class C, HVAC –Class B, Residential, Building, Swimming Pool Servicing, Residential Pool Contractor.

If you have one of the above contractor specialty licenses, you may be eligible to upgrade your license. When you upgrade your license, you will have access to more jobs, better jobs, and higher-paying jobs. With a higher-level license, you are beginning to work your way up the contracting world. You will have more work opportunities and options due to your advanced license.

However, there are some stipulations that occur for eligibility; these include:

  • Trade tests for the higher-level license must have been passed within four years of submission.
  • Business and Finance Exam needs to be taken for the original licensure process.
  • License must be in active status for a certain amount of time.

It’s always a good idea to upgrade your contractor license. More money. More work. More credibility. More skills.

At our contractor licensing company, we are a team of professionals that help people get their contractor’s licenses, as well as renew and upgrade their licenses. We don’t just fill out forms for people, but rather we analyze each individual situation and use a person’s information strategically to build an application that will be easily approved. We give unlimited time to our clients by answering any and all questions. With us, clients have no forms to fill out. Ninety-five percent of our clients work with us through email or fax. read more

Steps to Get a Demolition Specialty Contractor License

Steps to Get a Demolition Specialty Contractor License

Five years ago, the state of Florida created a new specialty license available for demolition contractors called “certified building demolition specialty contractor.”

Why was this type of license created?  This license became available, so people and businesses can demolish any residential or commercial structure under four stories tall. If a four-story or taller structure is in the project, the license holder must hold a valid certified general contractor license. For a more technical definition, “this license has been added so that individuals and businesses who work solely with the execution of contracts requiring the experience, financial means, knowledge, and skill to demolish, if not prohibited by law, steel tanks 50 feet or less in height; towers 50 feet or less in height; other structures 50 feet or less in height, other than buildings or residences over three stories tall; and buildings or residences three stories or less in height. Nothing in this rule shall be deemed to restrict or limit in any manner the scope of work authorized by law of other contractor classifications.” read more

Steps to Get a Marine Contractor License

Steps to Get a Marine Contractor License

The contractor world continues to grow and needs skilled workers. With college continue to skyrocket with tuition, more people are gravitating toward a career in contracting, as they will have little to no debt and a good salary starting out in their careers. With the current contractor labor shortage, it is a great time to entre the field. In the contracting industry, there’s many different types of work and you can easily find something that matches your interests and skills.

As a contractor licensing company, we wanted to share with you details about being a marine contractor. If you like the water, boats, and working with your hands, this is the contracting job for you! We help people get their marine contractor licenses in Florida, Georgia, and all other states.

By definition, a marine contractor “is a specialty contractor qualified and certified by the board to perform any work involving the construction, repair, alteration, extension and excavation for fixed docks, floating docks, boathouses, mooring devices, mooring fields, seawalls, bulkheads, piers, wharfs, boatlifts, boat ramps, revetments, cofferdams, wave attenuators, dune crossovers and other marine structures and activities, including pile driving, framing, concrete, masonry, dredge and fill, and wood shingle, wood shakes, or asphalt or fiberglass shingle roofing on a new structure of his or her own construction. Nothing in this rule shall be deemed to restrict or limit in any manner the scope of work authorized by law of other contractor classification.” read more