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Florida Licensing Information and Steps towards Licensure


To obtain a Florida Electrician, Alarm I, Alarm II or Limited Energy electrical contractors’ State license you must pass two open book computer given exams; a Technical/Safety exam with 105 test questions 5˝ hours long and a Business exam 55 test questions 2˝ hours long. These two exams are taken at different times and scored independently. A minimum score of 75% is needed to pass each exam. Applicants have three chances to pass each exam during a one year period. If the applicant fails an exam three times they are required to complete seven hours of continuing education on the subject and submit a new application before being able to test again. There is a 21 day waiting period before retaking a failed exam. Review the below certified contractor categories for your exam of interest.



The Steps to Becoming State Licensed
 
1 Prepare to Pass the Exam: Visit the Book Store to obtain all your State approved Reference books, exam preparation materials and courses.
 
2 Pass the Exam: pay the State examination fee and schedule the exam date:

Electrician (EC) - Exam Scheduling Form

Alarm System Contractor I (EF) - Exam Scheduling Form

Alarm System Contractor II (EG) - Exam Scheduling Form

Limited Energy Specialty Contractor (ES) - Exam Scheduling Form
 
3 Requirements: After you pass the above examination you will need to complete an initial application form for licensure:

Electrician (EC) - Application Form

Alarm System Contractor I (EF) - Application Form

Alarm System Contractor II (EG) - Application Form

Limited Energy Specialty Contractor (ES) - Application Form

CAUTION: Many individuals never pass these difficult exams. Failing an exam three times will require resubmitting the application and paying fee of $327.50 along with proof of having taken the required continuing education courses.  Subsequent failures will cost a $127.50 retake fee along with the PearsonVue testing fee of $45.00 (total = $172.50). Call us and we will personally work with you to help ensure your success in Passing the Exam.

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Exam Question Categories
 

BUSINESS EXAM - 2˝ hours open book computer examination:

(passing this exam is required for all technical licenses)

Number of Questions per Subject

3 - 5 = Maintaining Cash Flow
5 - 7 = Estimating and Bidding a Job
4 - 6 = Interpretation of Contracts and Agreements
0 - 2 = Purchasing Control
3 - 5 = Contract Scheduling
4 - 6 = Obtaining Insurance and Bonding
5 - 7 = Complying with Contracting Laws and Rules
3 - 5 = Personnel Management
6 - 8 = Complying with Payroll and Sales Tax Laws
4 - 6 = Interpretation of Financial Statements and Reports
2 - 4 = Management Accounting
     5 = Dummy Questions
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55 = Total Number of Questions



ELECTRICIAN (EC) EXAM - 5˝ hours open book computer examination:


Number of Questions per Subject

17 - 19=General Theory and Electrical Principles
18 - 20=Plan and Specification Reading and Interpretation
2 - 4= Wiring and Protection
2 - 4= Wiring Methods and Materials
0 - 2= Special Occupancies and Situations
8 - 10= OSHA, Safety, Procedures for Testing and Use of Tools and Equipment
4 - 6= Life Safety and Americans with Disabilities Act
6 - 8= Limited Energy/Low Voltage
6 - 8= Central Station Facilities and Signaling
6 - 8= Premises Protective Signaling Systems
12 - 14= Initiating Devices
7 - 9= Burglar Alarms
= Dummy Questions

105 = Total Number of Questions



ALARM SYSTEM CONTRACTOR I (EF) EXAM - 5˝ hours open book computer examination:


Number of Questions per Subject

17 - 19=General Theory and Electrical Principles
18 - 20=Plan and Specification Reading and Interpretation
2 - 4= Wiring and Protection
2 - 4= Wiring Methods and Materials
0 - 2= Special Occupancies and Situations
8 - 10= OSHA, Safety, Procedures for Testing and Use of Tools and Equipment
4 - 6= Life Safety and Americans with Disabilities Act
6 - 8= Limited Energy/Low Voltage
6 - 8= Central Station Facilities and Signaling
6 - 8= Premises Protective Signaling Systems
12 - 14= Initiating Devices
7 - 9= Burglar Alarms
= Dummy Questions

105 = Total Number of Questions



ALARM SYSTEM CONTRACTOR II (EG) EXAM - 5˝ hours open book computer examination:


Number of Questions per Subject

14 - 16=General Theory and Electrical Principles
18 - 20=Plan and Specification Reading and Interpretation
2 - 4= Wiring and Protection
2 - 4= Wiring Methods and Materials
2 - 4= Special Occupancies and Situations
8 - 10= OSHA, Safety, Procedures for Testing and Use of Tools and Equipment
4 - 6= Americans with Disabilities Act
6 - 8= Limited Energy/Low Voltage
6 - 8= Central Station Facilities and Signaling
7 - 9= Premises Protective Signaling Systems
7 - 9= Initiating Devices
12 - 14= Burglar Alarms
= Dummy Questions

105 = Total Number of Questions



LIMITED ENERGY SPECIALTY CONTRACTOR (ES) EXAM - 5˝ hours open book computer examination:


Number of Questions per Subject

26 - 28 =General Theory and Electrical Principles
21 - 23=Plan and Specification Reading and Interpretation
10 - 12= Wiring and Protection
10 - 12= Wiring Methods and Materials
9 - 11= OSHA, Safety, Procedures for Testing and Use of Tools and Equipment
1 - 3 = Americans with Disabilities Act
16 - 18= Limited Energy/Low Voltage
= Dummy Questions

105 = Total Number of Questions



Florida State Licensing Categories
 
Electrical contractor (EC) or Electrician means a person who conducts business in the electrical trade field and who has the experience and knowledge install, repair, alter, add to, or design electrical wiring, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, raceways, and conduit, including the electrical installations and systems within plants and substations and ALL alarm systems and specialty categories.

Alarm System Contractor I (EF) means an alarm system contractor whose scope of practice includes all types of alarm systems for all purposes EF = burglary, fire alarms and all other limited energy systems contracting.

Alarm System Contractor II (EG) means an alarm system contractor whose scope of practice includes all types of alarm systems other than fire alarm system work, for all low voltage purposes. EG = burglar alarm and all other limited energy systems contracting. An EG contractor can not install, service or maintain any fire alarm system or equipment, including monitoring of such systems, *with the exception of an allowance to install residential smoke detectors and/or residential heat detectors. Florida Statute 489.537 (9)

Limited Energy Specialty Contractor (ES) means a contractor whose scope of practice is limited to a specific segment of low voltage system specialist (class code 069). ES-069 means a limited energy systems specialty contractor whose business includes the installation, repair, fabrication, erection, alteration, addition to, or design of electrical wiring, fixtures, appliances, thermostats, apparatus, raceways, conduit, and fiber optics (transmission of light over stranded glass) or any part thereof not to exceed 98 volts, when those items are for the purpose of transmitting data, proprietary video (satellite systems which are not part of a community antenna television, cable television, or radio distribution system), radio frequency, central vacuum, or electric locks, data distribution networks, home theater systems, surround sound systems, public address systems or telephone systems. Limited Energy specialty contractor (ES-069) is an electrical specialty contractor whose business includes all the low voltage specialty execution of contracts excluding the above trade definition of "alarm system contractor". This means that a electrical specialty "limited energy contractor" (ES) can perform all low voltage work with the exception of security, fire and medical alarm system installations, service, maintenance and monitoring. Limited Energy - 069 is a class code of the category electrical specialty contractor (ES) This specialty was formerly known as Low Voltage Systems Specialty. Refer to Rule 61G6-7001 (4), FAC.

(a) The scope of certification is limited to electrical circuits and equipment governed by the applicable provisions of Articles 725 -Class 2 and 3 circuits only, 770 - Optical Fiber Cables and Raceways, 800 - Communications Circuits, 810 - Radio and Television Equipment, and 820 - Community Antenna Television and Radio Distribution Systems of the 2008 National Electrical Code or 47 CFR Part 68. (b) The scope of certification shall not include work performed by public utilities exempt under the terms of Section 489.503(5), FS, or exempt due to the regulatory jurisdiction of the Florida Public Service Commission. Refer to Ch.489.511, FS.



Important Definitions
 
DEFINITIONS (see also; Florida Statutes 489.505 Definitions):

Alarm system means any electrical device, signaling device, or combination of electrical devices used to signal or detect a burglary, fire, robbery, or medical emergency.

Alarm system contractor means a person whose business includes the execution of contracts requiring the ability, experience, science, knowledge, and skill to lay out, fabricate, install, maintain, alter, repair, monitor, inspect, replace, or service alarm systems for compensation, including, but not limited to, all types of alarm systems for all purposes. This term also means any person, firm, or corporation that engages in the business of alarm contracting under an expressed or implied contract; that undertakes, offers to undertake, purports to have the capacity to undertake, or submits a bid to engage in the business of alarm contracting; or that by itself or by or through others engages in the business of alarm contracting.

Certificate means a geographically unlimited certificate of competency issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations.

Certification means the applicant has taken and passed the State Licensing examination and can practice throughout the State of Florida.

Certified alarm system contractor means an alarm system contractor who possesses a certificate of competency issued by the department. The scope of certification is limited to alarm circuits originating in the alarm control panel and equipment governed by the applicable provisions of Articles 725, 760, 770, 800, and 810 of the National Electrical Code, Current Edition, and National Fire Protection Association Standard 72, Current Edition. The scope of certification for alarm system contractors also includes the installation, repair, fabrication, erection, alteration, addition, or design of electrical wiring, fixtures, appliances, thermostats, apparatus, raceways, and conduit, or any part thereof not to exceed 98 volts (RMS), when those items are for the purpose of transmitting data or proprietary video (satellite systems that are not part of a community antenna television or radio distribution system) or providing central vacuum capability or electric locks; however, this provision governing the scope of certification does not create any mandatory licensure requirement.

Registered contractor means any contractor who has registered with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) pursuant to fulfilling the competency requirements in the jurisdiction for which the registration is issued. Registered contractors may contract only in such local jurisdictions. For example, if you have tested and passed a local competency exam in a city or county municipality and then are approved (licensed) to conduct work in this municipality you are then required to "register" with the state DBPR. You can only conduct business in the county or city in which you received your local license from. A registered contractor is required to meet the same continuing education requirements as a certified contractor (14 hours every two years).

Low voltage as defined by the electrical contracting board are voltages not to exceed 98 volts (RMS).




Continuing Education Requirements
 
License Renewal Fee - $225.00 paid to DBPR (click here to renew)

Continuing Education Requirements - 14 hours of board approved continuing education is required each biennium prior to the renewal period for both certified and registered contractors; at least 7 hours of which are on technical subjects; 1 hour on workers’ compensation; 1 hour on workplace safety; 1 hour on business practices and 1 hour of advanced course. Multiple license holders are required to complete the continuing education requirements only once each biennium. Contractors who are engaged in alarm system contracting must take a 2 hour false alarm prevention course as a part of their continuing education.



Additional Information

Electrical FAQs

Electrical Examination FAQs

Chapter 489, Part II, Florida Statutes

Chapter 61G6, Florida Administrative Code

What services require a licenses in the State of Florida

Candidate Information Booklet - Electrical

Computer Based Testing

Exam Review / Hearing Information

Special Accommodations for Testing - ADA


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