The Florida construction industry needs quality roofing professionals. Individuals with experience and education in roofing may apply to become a Florida certified roofer. A Florida roofing contractor certified by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation may enter into roofing construction contracts throughout Florida. Applicants for a Florida roofing license first must pass a roofing exam. Successful test takers who then obtain insurance and pass a criminal background check may obtain a roofing license.
Obtain at least four years' experience, with one of those years as a foreman. You may use certain educational classes or degrees to substitute part of your experience requirements. Refer to the "Initial Issuance of Licensure for Certified Contractors" license application for the range of substitution options.
Open the "Examination Registration Instructions and Application" booklet. Use the "Florida Construction Examination Scheduling Form" to apply for the roofing exam. Applicants for a Florida roofing license take a written Roofing Trade Knowledge portion of the exam (through administrator Professional Testing) and a Business and Finance portion of the exam (through Pearson VUE). Fill out this form to apply for both parts of the exam.
Send in the registration form and fees. As of 2010, the fee for the Roofing Trade Knowledge exam consists of a $135 exam fee (payable to "Professional Testing") and an $80 site administration fee (payable to the "Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation"). You may pay by check, cashier's check, money order or credit card. As of 2010, you must pay an additional $80 for the Business and Finance portion of the exam. You will receive registration instructions from Pearson VUE after exam registration. You may register by mail, fax or online. Use the following contact information to register:
Professional Testing, Inc P.O. Box 691226 Orlando, FL 32869-1226 407-264-2977 (Fax Registration) floridaexam.com
Use the exam reference books to prepare for and take both the Business and Finance and Roofing Trade Knowledge parts of the exam. Test takers for a Florida construction exam take an open-book exam. References change over time. Therefore, you should always check for the relevant references for the time period of your exam.
Speak to a local insurance agent to obtain general liability insurance of at least $100,000 for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage. You will also need workers' compensation insurance if you hire employees.
Get electronic fingerprints through Pearson VUE. As of 2010, the fee is $57.25, payable by credit card, debit card or Pearson VUE voucher. Apply from Pearson's "Digital Fingerprinting Services" page or call 877-238-8232.
Fill out and submit the license application. As of 2010, the Florida license fee ranges from $149 to $409, depending on the application date and when you passed both parts of your roofing exam (see the application for details). Make the check payable to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Contact and choose a credit reporting agency to submit a credit report with your application. Send the application, documentation and fees to the following address:
Department of Business and Professional Regulation 1940 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
A roofer with a certificate of competence from a local Florida licensing office need not take the certification exam. These applicants must fill out a separate application for a "registered contractor" license.