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Licensing Requirements for the State of Florida

Low-Voltage/Limited Energy License: Installation and maintenance work requires you to have a limited energy systems specialty license.

Low Voltage Specialty Licenses:
EF - Certified Alarm Contractor I (Fire and Burglar)
EG - Certified Alarm System Contractor II (Burglar Only)
ES - Specialty Contractor, Certified Limited Energy Systems Specialty (Low Voltage)

"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.

Reciprocity with states: Georgia

Electrical Contractor: A statewide certification is required and authorizes you to state-wide contracting. Registration is required at the local jurisdictions to perform work only within the area where the contractor is registered.

Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Division of Professions Electrical Contractors' Licensing Board
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
(850) 487-1395
Fax (850) 921-4216
callcenter@dbpr.state.fl.us (include "Electrical" in the subject line)

http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/elboard/info.html
www.myflorida.com/dbpr/pro/forms/elboard/forms.html

Additional Information:
A license is required to install or service a security system; however there are specific exemptions as noted. "Alarm system contractor" is defined as 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. Exemptions from licensing requirements include (i) the monitoring of an alarm system by a direct employee of any state or federally chartered financial institution or any parent, affiliate or subsidiary thereof so long as (c) the monitoring is limited to an alarm system associated with the commercial property where banking operations are housed or where other operations are conducted by a state or federally chartered financial institution or any parent, affiliate or subsidiary thereof." And "the monitoring of an alarm system of a business by the direct employees of that business, so long as: (a) the alarm system is in the exclusive property of, or is leased by the business; (b) the alarm system complies with all applicable fire safety standards as set forth in chapter 633; and (c) the alarm system is designed to protect only the commercial premises leased by the business endeavor or commercial premise owned by the business endeavor and not leased to another. "Monitoring" is defined in 489.505 of the statutes and as defined with specific exclusions, however, exclusions would not include an individual performing monitoring duties that is not an occupant of, or an employee working within protected premises and initiating emergency responses. Businesses that obtain an electrical or burglar alarm system license to work only on their own equipment, and that do not offer electrical or alarm contracting services to the public, are not electrical or burglar alarm system contracting businesses and do not have to obtain an occupational license in addition to any they are otherwise required to have (489.5315)

Central Station Operator Requirements:
Alarm system agents. Persons who perform only monitoring are not required to complete the training required for burglar alarm system agents. (b) Persons who perform only monitoring at an out-of-state location are not required to comply with background check requirements. Fire alarm system agents. A burglar alarm system agent employed by a licensed fire alarm contractor or certified unlimited electrical contractor who has fulfilled all requirements of s. 489.518 prior to the effective date of this act is not required to complete the initial training required by this section for fire alarm system agents. Persons who perform only monitoring are not required to complete the training required for fire alarm system agents.

Qualification Requirements:
Qualified Person Required? YES
Requirement for Manager: Qualifying agent must be an officer or a supervising employee legally responsible for the business in all matters connected with alarm system contracting. There are fingerprinting requirements.

Experience Requirement? YES
Type of Experience Required: 3 yrs management, 4 yrs supervisory or 6 yrs trade. Job list to include 5 for each year of qualifying experience. Must include 40% fire alarm experience.

Exam Required? YES
Type of Exam: Open book exam technical/safety (100 questions) & business (50 questions)
Exam Website: www.state.fl.us/dbpr/pro/elboard

Continuing Education Requirement? YES
CEU Requirement: 14 hrs/2 yrs
7 hrs technical, 1 hr business, 1 hr safety, 1 hr Workman's Comp., 2 hrs False Alarm Reduction Unit (FARU), 1 Florida Building code update, 1 hr anything

Click to view the Florida Regulation of Professions and Occupations Contracting Chapter 489
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