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What Do You Need to Do to Get a Florida Contractor’s License?

What Do You Need to Do to Get a Florida Contractor’s License?

To be a contractor in Florida, you need a contractor’s license, otherwise you are working illegally and could be fined or jailed. As a Florida contractor licensing company, we wanted to share guidelines and requirements entailed in applying for a contracting license in Florida.

First, you will have to take two brief exams that cover topics related to finance and the trade(s) you are looking to become licensed in. If you are an electrical contractor, you will need to undergo a slightly different process. You will not be required to take these tests, but rather, will have to undergo trade specific tests due to the complex and potentially dangerous nature of the work.
In order to qualify for the appropriate tests, you will need to be able to show proof of having at least four years of work experience in the construction or trade field. If you are looking to get a contracting license for a business, you will also need to provide proof of financial assets. Requirements for total assets may range from $2,500-$20,000, depending on the type of certification you are looking to obtain. You will also be required to carry and show proof of a current liability insurance plan. read more

How to Get a Credit Report for a Contractor’s License

How to Get a Credit Report for a Contractor’s License

In Florida, for you to work as a State Certified Contractor, the Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s (DBPR) Construction Industry Licensing Board requires all applicants provide credit reports for themselves and the business entity they want to qualify.

Both credit reports must indicate that local, state, and federal records have been searched and personal credit reports must contain a FICO derived credit score.

Our Florida contractor licensing company is on the Florida DBPR’s List of approved Credit Reporting Agencies.

Our credit reports include:

  • FICO Score
  • Statement that Public Records have been searched at the Local, State and Federal Levels

Your personal credit report enables the State to decide on your financial responsibility enabling them to make sure that the contractor applying for the license is financially responsible.
The State has required that all companies must have a credit report on file. The fact that it is a new company does not negate the need to have a report run on that company.

To obtain your credit reports please follow these simple steps, visit our DBPR Approved Credit Reports page.  These reports cost $50 per report. Your reports will be completed within 48 hours. read more

What Do General Contractors Do?

What Do General Contractors Do?

There’s lots of types of contractors: electricians, HVAC technicians, plumbers, etc.  But, what does a general contractor do?

In the state of Florida, a general contractor is recognized as a “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.”

To become a licensed general contractor in Florida, a person must show 48 months on jobs with at least 12 months as a foreman or a combination of college and experience totaling at least 48 months with at least 12 of those months as a foreman. This person must also show at least 1 year or more of experience with habitable structures bigger than 4 stories. He or she must also have responsibility in at least four of the following areas in construction: Foundation/slabs greater than 20,000 sq. ft, Masonry walls, Steel erection, Elevated slabs, Precast concrete structures, Column erection, and Formwork for structural reinforced concrete. read more

How to Renew A Contractor’s License in Florida

How to Renew A Contractor’s License in Florida

As you know, you need to have a contractor’s license in Florida to work legally. But, did you know you have to renew your license? Do you know how to renew your license? As a Florida contractor licensing company, we want to help. You need to renew your contractor’s license every two years to remain in good legal standing. If all your information with the state is up to date, you should receive a renewal notice in the mail about a month before your license is set to expire.

 

When you receive your renewal notice, you are going to be prompted to double check all your information such as address, phone number, email address, etc. You need to make sure your information is correct, because failure to do so can lead to delays in getting your license renewed, so it is imperative that you look this information over and update anything necessary.

 

To renew your license, you will be asked to supply a few other pieces of information. You will need to show proof of continuing education and training. You may also be asked to provide current proof of insurance and perhaps a few smaller pieces of information. Be sure to look over your renewal documents carefully to ensure that you have included all required information. Certain counties may require slightly different types of documentation. read more

Construction Materials that Could Change the Industry

Construction Materials that Could Change the Industry

From drones and 3D printing to virtual reality and to BIM, there are many technological advances occurring in the construction industry. But, there’s also materials that are advancing that can change the industry.

  • Translucent wood. This can be used to develop windows and solar panels. It is low cost, readily available, and a renewable resource.
  • Cooling systems in bricks. These bricks have a cooling effect on building interiors. It can absorb water 500 times its weight and it is released to reduce temperature on hot days.
  • Cigarette butts to make bricks. These bricks utilize the cigarette butt waste so help eliminate arsenic, nickel, and cadmium entering soil and nature.
  • Martian concrete. This concrete can be used to build structures on Mars with materials available on Mars. Sulphur is heated at 240 degrees Celsius which melts into a liquid.
  • Light generating cement. It absorbs and irradiates light. This can be very energy efficient as the light acts like a light bulb. It can be used on walkways, road signs, pools, parking lots, and more.
  • The cabkoma strand rod. It’s a thermoplastic carbon fiber composite. It is the lightest seismic reinforcement and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Biologically produced furniture. The process of making these is low energy, pollution free and requires low technology. This material is made from Mycoform which is made by combining wood chips, gypsum, oat bran, and with the fungus Ganoderma lucidum.
  • Floating piers made from polyethylene cubes.
  • Pollution absorbing bricks. These bricks suck in pollution and release filtered air.
  • Self healing concrete.
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