Electrical work is one of many underrated technical fields with enormous career potential. With training and the proper licensing, you can work for a wide range of companies, start your own business or do freelance work for friends and family. Florida, like most states, has specific requirements for obtaining a legal electrician's license.
Find a school. There are a variety of worthwhile training programs to teach you the ropes. Do your research, talk to graduates and find out about placement assistance both during and after school. The more hands-on experience you gain, the more prepared you will be.
File your application with the Florida Electrical Contractors Board. Many schools will help with this process, so consider that in your selection.The application will cost you $350, and you must qualify in one of four categories. The exam is open book on three subjects (general business, technical knowledge and safety) and will vary depending on the type of certificate you are applying for.
Train and practice. In order to qualify to take the Florida Electrical Contractors Board exam, you must have six years of comprehensive training, technical education or broad experience with electrical or alarm system service; or three years of management experience (half of which can be applicable education), within the 12 years prior to your exam. A common way to gain this experience is to apprentice or work with a licensed electrician.
Pass your board exam once all the prerequisite qualifications for application have been met, and your application to test has been accepted.
Keep your newly earned certificate up to date. Initially it will cost an additional $200, and is valid for two years. With it you can conduct electrical work statewide in Florida.
Make good use of the many websites and reference manuals devoted to the subject. Don't just study electrical work itself; remember that much of the exam is devoted to business knowledge and safety. If you have a valid license in another state with equal qualifications to Florida's requirements, you may be able to bypass the exam, though you still need to pay the fees.