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1.Any member of the United States Armed Forces now or hereafter on active duty who, at the time of becoming such a member, was in good standing with any of the boards or programs listed in s. 20.165 and was entitled to practice or engage in his or her profession or occupation in the state shall be kept in good standing by the applicable board or program, without registering, paying dues or fees, or performing any other act on his or her part to be performed, as long as he or she is a member of the United States Armed Forces on active duty and for a period of 2 years after discharge from active duty.
2. Using a Class III or a Class IV laser device or product, as defined by federal regulations, without having complied with the rules adopted pursuant to s. 501.122(2) governing the registration of such devices ______ ground for disciplinary action by the Board.
Is not
3. Delegating or contracting for the performance of professional responsibilities by a person when the licensee delegating or contracting for performance of such responsibilities knows, or has reason to know, such person _____ qualified by training, experience, and authorization when required to perform them is ground for disciplinary action by the Board.
Is not
4. Any person who desires to engage in electrical or alarm system contracting on a statewide basis shall, as a prerequisite thereto, establish his or her competency and qualifications to be certified pursuant to this part. To establish competency, ___________________________.
A person should know the basic circuit design.
A person shall pass the appropriate examination administered by the department.
5.489.105 Definition: "Class B air-conditioning contractor" means a contractor whose services are limited to _____________________________ in any one system in the execution of contracts requiring the experience, knowledge, and skill to install, maintain, repair, fabricate, alter, extend, or design, if not prohibited by law, central air-conditioning, refrigeration, heating, and ventilating systems, including duct work in connection with a complete system only to the extent such duct work is performed by the contractor as necessary to complete an air-distribution system being installed under this classification, and any duct cleaning and equipment sanitizing that requires at least a partial disassembling of the system; to install, maintain, repair, fabricate, alter, extend, or design, if not prohibited by law, piping and insulation of pipes, vessels, and ducts; to replace, disconnect, or reconnect power wiring on the load side of the dedicated existing electrical disconnect switch; to install, disconnect, and reconnect low voltage heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning control wiring; and to install a condensate drain from an air-conditioning unit to an existing safe waste or other approved disposal other than a direct connection to a sanitary system.
25 tons of cooling and 500,000 Btu of heating
3 to 5 tons single & Three phase packaged heat pumps
6. Alarm confirmation required. All residential or commercial intrusion/burglary alarms that have central monitoring are required to have the alarm monitoring company attempt to confirm the alarm signal by____________________________________, occupant, or an authorized designee associated with the premises generating the alarm signal before alarm monitor personnel contact a law enforcement agency for alarm dispatch.
call, text message, or other electronic means made to the owne
call made to the owner

61G4-15.004 Certification by Endorsement: Examination Equivalency.

An applicant who wants to be certified by endorsement as a certified general contractor, certified building contractor, or certified residential contractor is considered to meet the requirement of having taken an examination of substantial equivalency, pursuant to section 489.115(3)(a), Florida Statutes, by completing which one of the items below?

  1. Provide evidence of successfully passing the 2009-2018 or like version of The Commercial General Building Contractors examination of the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies; and
  2. Take and successfully pass or provide evidence of having passed The Business and Finance examination pursuant to subsection 61G4-16.001(22), F.A.C; and
  3. Provide verification of having taken and passed any proctored examination covering the Florida Building Code administered by or through the Department.
1 and 2
1, 2 and 3
8. 61G4-15.039 Certification of Industrial Facility Specialty Contractors.

  • An industrial facility specialty contractor is a contractor who is qualified and certified by the board to perform any work involving the construction, repair, demolition, modification, and alteration of uninhabitable industrial structures housing manufactured industrial equipment being installed therein by the contractor of specialized equipment used to produce or move goods or materials including but not limited to energy production, gas production, chemical production, installation of fixed equipment, above ground storage tanks and related accessory piping; and construction of habitable or uninhabitable attached accessory use structures not exceeding 1,500 square feet used solely to house related operating and controlling equipment. An industrial facility specialty contractor shall be unlimited in his or her ability to enter contracts for the scopes of work described herein and who may perform such work permitted under this rule, except as otherwise expressly provided in section 489.113, F.S.
  • An industrial facility specialty contractor shall be required to subcontract all work above that falls within the scopes of work set forth in sections 489.105(3)(b)-(p) or 489.505, F.S., or for fire protection systems under section 633.318, F.S., to a licensee who holds a state certification or registration in the respective category of work.
  • Nothing in this rule shall be deemed to restrict or limit in any manner the scope of work authorized by law of other contractor classifications.

61G4-15.032 Certification of Swimming Pool Specialty Contractors

A "Swimming Pool Layout Specialty Contractor" scope of work is limited to

the layout, shaping, steel installation, and rough piping of pools, spas, and hot tub shells.
to the shaping and shooting of gunite, shotcrete, concrete, or similar product mix used in the construction of swimming pools and spas. This scope of work includes the installation of fiberglass shells and vinyl liners.
to the excavation and earthmoving required for the installation of pools, spas, and hot tub shells.
10. 61G4-18.001 Continuing Education Requirements for Certificateholders and Registrants.

All registered contractors and certified contractors are required to complete fourteen (14) hours of continuing education each renewal cycle. Of the fourteen (14) hours, which one of the following would require at least (1) hr of continuing education?

  1. Specialized or advanced module course approved by the Florida Building Commission, or the Board
  2. Workplace safety;
  3. Business practices;
  4. Workers’ compensation; and
  5. Laws and rules regulating the construction industry;
  6. Wind mitigation methodologies, if license is held in the following category: General, Building, Residential, Roofing, Speciality Structure, or Glass and Glazing.
a,b, d
b, d, e, f
All of the above a through f
11.If a license is held in the following categories:

  • Commercial pool/spa,
  • Residential pool/spa,
  • Swimming pool/spa servicing, or
  • Residential pool/spa servicing specialty.
The license holder does not have have to take any additional courses
The license holder has to take at least 1-hour course in pool electrical requirements.
12.A person is not required to complete any of the above continuing education requirements while his or her license is in an inactive status. However, registrants and certificateholders who change licensure status from inactive to active must show proof of completion of
14 hours of continuing education as required for active renewal for the biennium previous to the requested license activiation.
7 hours of continuing education as required for active renewal for the biennium previous to the requested license activiation.
All hours lost during his/her inactive status.
13.61G4-15.001 Qualification for Certification. In the case of applicants for certification in the general or building contractor categories, the phrases "active experience" and "proven experience" as used in Section 489.111(2)(c)1., 2., or 3., F.S., shall be defined to mean commercial construction experience involving construction, erection, alteration, or modification of buildings and structures with any use and occupancy classification except storage, utility, and miscellaneous structures of an accessory character including but not limited to agricultural buildings, aircraft hangers, barns, carports, garages, sheds, silos, tanks, towers, and any work exempted pursuant to Section 489.103
14.Commercial experience must be in how many of the following areas?

  1. Foundations or Slabs in excess of twenty thousand (20,000) square feet.
  2. Masonry walls.
  3. Steel erection.
  4. Elevated slabs.
  5. Precast concrete structures.
  6. Column erection.
  7. Formwork for structural reinforced concrete.
4 or, more
All of the above
15.The penalty range for fraud violation is:
$5000 to $10,000
$1500 to $5000
$2500 to $5000
16.Licensed contractors are regulated by laws designed to protect the public. If you contract with a person who does not have a license, the Construction Industry Licensing Board and Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Will help you in your legal work and financial loss against the unlicensed contractor.
may be unable to assist you with any financial loss that you sustain as a result of a complaint.
17.It is also important for you to understand that, if an unlicensed contractor or employee of an individual or firm is injured while working on your property, you _______ held liable for damages.
May be
May not be
18.If you obtain an owner-builder permit and wish to hire a licensed contractor, you will be responsible for verifying whether the contractor is properly licensed
and the status of the contractor’s workers’ compensation coverage.
His worker’s compensation coverage is his business.
19.Contractors in work on bridges, roads, streets, highways, or railroads, and services incidental thereto __________ from FL Statue 489, based on the agreement of the Board and the Department of Transportation.
Are exempt
Are not exempt
20.Any employee of a certificate holder or registrant who is acting within the scope of the license held by that certificate holder or registrant and with the knowledge and permission of the license holder ______ exempt from FL Statue 489.
Is not
Is also