Whether you need to install, repair, or alter electrical systems in any premises (e.g., residential, commercial, industrial), the work of a licensed electrical contractor is essential to ensure safety and efficiency.
In this article, you will discover the requirements to obtain an electrical contractor license in Florida.
Florida Electrical Contractor License – Who Needs Licensing Under State Law?
Florida Statutes §489.505 (12) defines the term “electrical contractor” as “a person who conducts business in the electrical trade field and who has the experience, knowledge, and skill to install, repair, alter, add to, or design, in compliance with law:
- Electrical wiring
- Conduit, or any part thereof, which generates, transmits, transforms, or utilizes electrical energy in any form”
The definition also encompasses “electrical installations and systems within plants and substations, all in compliance with applicable plans, specifications, codes, laws, and regulations.” The services must be provided in exchange for compensation.
How Do I Get My Electrical Contractor License in Florida? – In Detail
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is responsible for regulating and licensing electrical contractors in Florida. The assessment and approval of licensing applications are processed through the Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board, a division of the DBPR.
Prospective licensees have two options when applying with the Department, which is filing for Certified status or Registered status.
Certified Electrical Contractor licenses offer statewide coverage, allowing the licensee to work anywhere within state jurisdiction. Registered licenses restrict the licensee to specific local jurisdictions.
Florida Statutes §489.511 (1) outlines that applicants filing for Certified licenses must meet the following requirements:
- To be at least 18 years when going through the examination
- To demonstrate good moral character
- Passing the certification examination, achieving a passing grade as established by board rule, and
- Meeting at least of the statutory eligibility requirements established by state law
Under Florida Statutes §489.511(1)(b), a prospective licensee must show evidence to have:
- “Within the 6 years immediately preceding the filing of the application, at least 3 years of proven management experience in the trade or education equivalent thereto, or a combination thereof, but not more than one-half of such experience may be educational equivalent
- Within the 8 years immediately preceding the filing of the application, at least 4 years of experience as a supervisor or contractor in the trade for which he or she is making application, or at least 4 years of experience as a supervisor in electrical or alarm system work with the United States Armed Forces
- Within the 12 years immediately preceding the filing of the application, at least 6 years of comprehensive training, technical education, or supervisory experience associated with an electrical or alarm system contracting business, or at least 6 years of technical experience, education, or training in electrical or alarm system work with the United States Armed Forces or a governmental entity
- Within the 12 years immediately preceding the filing of the application, been licensed for 3 years as a professional engineer who is qualified by education, training, or experience to practice electrical engineering,” or
- Any combination of the prior qualifications totaling at least six years of experience