Construction in the state of Florida is regulated by two agencies:
Anyone engaging in projects to:
the installation, alteration, repair, maintenance, relocation, or replacement of solar panels for potable solar water heating systems, swimming pool solar heating systems, and photovoltaic systems and any appurtenances, apparatus, or equipment used in connection with these systems.
A Solar Contractor License is Typically necessary for projects that involve:
Those looking to install or repair Solar panels in Florida may apply for two different categories of residential and commercial licensing:
To take the Florida solar contractor exam you must meet the following basic requirements:
You must also:
The Florida Construction Licensing Board will require that you have journeyman/supervisory level experience as a solar installer.
While different regions may have varying definitions for what a journeyman is, typically this is someone who:
Be prepared to submit:
For a complete look at how you will need to prove experience when applying to the Florida Solar installation license, check out this resource.
The application process for the Registered and Certified Contractor License are as follows:
Include Credit Score, Proof of Experience, Proof of Insurance and Completed Background Check with Application.
Applicants will be expected to prove active worker's compensation within 30 days of Florida contractor license being issued.
Completed Applications can be sent to:
State of Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
All applicants must pass the Florida Construction License Exam. The exam is administered by a third party company called Professional Testing Inc.
There are Two Parts:
There are three areas of this examination:
The test is:
The test covers the following topics:
Exams are held every month.
To find out how much it costs to get a Solar Contractor license in Florida, check out this page for current dates and costs.
Some of the concepts you will need to know for your trade exam include:
If you are applying for a Registered Contractor License, you may submit a Certification of Competency instead of taking the Florida State Construction Exam.
Certifications of Competency must be issued by a local building authority in the county or jurisdiction you plan on working in.
Learn how to obtain a certification
If you are applying for a Florida Solar contractor license as a business, the state board will require you to have an established business entity.
You will choose a name and then select the type of entity you want. Typically, construction companies choose either:
For a complete explanation of the difference between these types of entities and which one makes the most sense for someone applying for a contractor license, check out this free guide!
Florida requires all construction companies with 1 or more employees to hold workers compensation insurance.
This also includes LLC's. However, If you apply as a sole proprietorship and have no employees you may be exempt.
To see the complete list of trades considered to be part of the construction industry, you can refer to the Florida Division of Worker's Compensation
The Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board, ultimately exists as a consumer protection mechanism.
The agency exists not only to enforce rules on construction contractors, but also to ensure that homeowners are not being over charged by unlicensed solar contractors.
If you are a homeowner or business owner looking to verify a contractor license in the state of Florida, you can check a license here
Whether you are looking to become a journeyman in Florida or begin a career as a Solar contractor, you will want to begin by mastering the trade.
One of the best ways to build a solid foundation and position yourself as a professional in the construction industry is by looking into an apprenticeship program or training course.
These types of schools can provide you with valuable training in a variety of different trades including: Electrical, Plumbing, Concrete, Landscaping, Painting, HVAC, Roofing, Carpentry and much more!
If you are one day looking to get the Florida General Contractor license, you will need to demonstrate a skillset beyond just construction. Learn about project management and other business skills.
If you are new to construction industry and have heard the term “journeyman” or “apprentice” and are not sure what these terms mean, or perhaps where to even start.
Each state may have different requirements and standards for what is considered a journeyman, check your state laws.
To Learn more about the step by step path from an Apprentice to Journeyman!
If you are looking to prepare for your Florida solar license exam, taking contractor classes could be a huge help.
Most contractor resources include:
Many tradesman find themselves a bit confused when faced with questions about construction accounting, balance sheets, workers compensation, employee rights, job site safety and Florida state construction law.
These topics can be learned quickly. Studying consistently on the weeks leading up to your solar panel license exam day will help you greatly.
Practice exams and study guides breaking down everything you need to know can be found here.
A contractor license school's main focus should be on the law.
Most states offer several different types of licenses, so if a school is telling you it can teach you your trade, be wary... as that is not realistic.
You can however review roof construction concepts you may have forgotten. Schools offering solar panel installation certifications must be researched before you give them money.
Many excellent online resources cover the basics of electricity, HVAC, Masonry, Carpentry and much more
Check out our complete list of Trade Skills Courses
For those looking to do pursue a career in the Solar industry or get a Florida General contractor license, reading construction blueprints is fundamental.
Blueprints communicate important information about the way in which a structure is built as well as what materials are necessary or have been used for its construction.
Being comfortable with construction blueprints is an invaluable skill especially for those looking to into engineering or obtain construction licensing.
See our Free Blueprint Reading Course!
Statistically, 21% of all work-related fatalities are in construction.
That equals about 1 and 5 worker deaths on average. Solar installation and roof work is notoriously dangerous.
In the construction industry, the leading cause of worker deaths is reported as falls, struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
Safety is a huge part of the construction industry.
Whether it be roofing, painting, landscaping, carpentry, electrical or any other trade.
If you or your workers are not properly trained, it can place unnecessary risk to not only your personal safety but your bottom line as a business.
For employment with a licensed general contractor, you may be asked to complete some level of Florida OSHA Training.
Getting the Solar contractor license in Florida can be a huge step up in your career if you are looking to start your own business!
The construction industry is very lucrative. There will be more and more opportunities for skilled tradesman in the future.
The key is to know the requirements to becoming a general contractor and take action from beginning to end. Follow the guidelines laid out in this blog post regarding solar panel installation requirements.
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