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Florida Class B Air Conditioning Contractor License

Florida Class B Air Conditioning Contractor is a contractor whose services are limited to 25 tons of cooling and 500,000 Btu of heating 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. The scope of work for such contractor also includes any excavation work incidental thereto, but does not include any work such as liquefied petroleum or natural gas fuel lines within buildings, except for disconnecting or reconnecting changeouts of liquefied petroleum or natural gas appliances within buildings; potable water lines or connections thereto; sanitary sewer lines; swimming pool piping and filters; or electrical power wiring. A Florida Class B A/C Contractor may test and evaluate central air-conditioning, refrigeration, heating, and ventilating systems, including duct work; however, a mandatory licensing requirement is not established for the performance of these specific services. This type of HVAC Contractor's License is Florida is typically obtained by contractors engaged in residential and light-commercial A/C installations. If you are looking for an HVAC Contractor's License in Florida that allows you to go beyond 25 tons, then the Florida Class A Air Conditioning License might be a better licensing alternative.

Licensing Requirements

Below are some of the requirements needed to become a licensed Class B Air Conditioning Contractor in the State of Florida:

Age

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Examination

Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Class B Air Conditioning and Business & Finance). Please note that the application process cannot be started until the exams are taken and passing scores are obtained.

Experience / Education

A person will qualify for a Certified Class B Air Conditioning Contractor’s license by meeting one of the following requirements:

Four-year construction-related degree from an accredited college (equivalent to three years’ experience) and one year proven experience applicable to the category for which you are applying.

One year experience as a foreman and not less than three years of credits from accredited college-level courses.

One year experience as a worker, one-year experience as a foreman, and two years of credits from accredited college-level courses.

Two years’ experience as a worker, one year experience as a foreman, and one year of credits from accredited college-level courses.

Four years’ experience as a worker or foreman of which at least one year must have been as a foreman.

Upgrade Method: An air-conditioning Class C contractor holding an active current license for a minimum of 1 year in the classification in which he or she is certified. If you meet this eligibility requirement you are exempted from further employment history requirements.

Military Veterans

A veteran will qualify for a certified license by meeting on of the following:

Three years of military service and one year experience as a foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying.

Two years of military service, one year experience as a foreman, and one year experience as a worker or foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying.

One year of military service, one year experience as a foreman, and two years experience as a worker or foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying.

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Applicants for the Certified Class B Air Conditioning Contractor License must ideally have experience in the following fields:

Heating and Cooling Systems (one year of experience)

Air Conditioning Equipment

Heating Equipment

Refrigeration Equipment

Sheet Metal Ductwork

Fabrication of Sheet Metal Ductwork

If you do not have all the experience areas listed above, your experience may still be satisfactory; however, the Construction Industry Licensing Board will have to review your application to determine if you meet the experience requirements.

Financial / Credit

Applicants will need to provide proof of financial stability and responsibility by submitting personal credit reports. Credit reports must include a FICO derived credit score and indicate that local, state and federal records have been searched. Credit report containing a credit score (FICO derived) on applicant from a nationally recognized credit reporting agency, which includes a public records statement that records have been checked at local, state, and federal levels. If credit score is below 660 (FICO derived) applicant must submit a bond or irrevocable letter of credit. Note that Fifty percent (50%) of the bond or letter of credit requirement may be met by completion of a 14-hour financial responsibility course.

Fingerprints

An applicant must have a background check as part of the licensing process.

Insurance

Applicants are required to attest that they have obtained public liability and property damage insurance in the amounts determined by Board rule. Applicants are also required to obtain workers compensation insurance or obtain an exemption from worker’s compensation insurance within 30 days of issuance of their license.To download the different application forms related to the Class B Air Conditioning Contractor’s License, you may visit the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board’s site.

Florida Class B Air Conditioning Contractor Exams

Florida Class B Air Conditioning Contractors must pass two exams prior to obtaining their license. Do not sign up to take your exams until you obtain your books and begin studying for them!

Class B Air Conditioning Exam

This is an 80-question open book test which measures your ability to reference material quickly as well as to answer questions related to psychrometry and other subjects such as: Pre-Installation; Sheet Metal Ducts; Installation of Refrigeration and HVAC Systems; Installation of Refrigeration and HVAC Equipment Components; Maintenance Analysis of Refrigeration and HVAC Systems; Maintenance Service of Refrigeration and HVAC Systems; and Safety and Equipment.

Business and Finance Exam

This is a separate test which lasts 6.5 hours, and contains 120 questions. Some of the subjects included in this test are: Establishing the Contracting Business, Managing Administrative Duties, Managing Trade Operations, Conducting Accounting Functions, Managing Human Resources, and complying with Government Regulations.

Florida Class B Air Conditioning Contractor Classes

You can take Class B AC Contractor Classes in Tampa, Fort Myers, Orlando, Miami, or Online. You can sign up for your classes at any time and receive access to lecture videos, practice questions, tabbing and highlighting instructions, as well as to step-by-step explanations on how to solve typical Class B A/C Contractor Exam Problems. The A/C B Contractor Classes prepare you for the trade and business exams. Florida Class B AC Contractor Testing Schedule). AC Contractor’s Test in Florida is arguably one of the most difficult AC Exams in the US. Let Contractor Campus provide you with the training you need to prepare for them. Below are the two training courses you can take to prepare for the Florida Class B Air Conditioning and Florida Business and Finance exams. You must pass both exams in order to obtain the Class B Air Conditioning Contractor’s License in Florida (every contractor, regardless of trade must pass the business part). To sign up for the Florida Class B Air Conditioning and Florida Business classes, simply click on the "enroll" buttons below and checkout; this will allow you to receive immediate access to the Florida Class B Air Conditioning and Florida Business classes online, and will also enable you to attend in-person review classes to reinforce the material studied online. All students have access to both online and in-person classes for an unlimited amount of time (we stay with you until you pass all the tests and get your AC license). The in-person classes are not mandatory and the training can be done fully online. The course descriptions below contain the link for the schedule of upcoming AC Contractor Classes in Florida. You must pass all exams before applying for the B AC Contractor’s License in Florida. To sign up for the Florida Class B AC Contractor classes, simply click on the "enroll" button below and checkout; this will allow you to receive immediate access to the Florida AC Contractor Classes online, and will also enable you to attend in-person Exam Prep classes. All students have access to both online and in-person classes for an unlimited amount of time (until passing all the Florida Air Conditioning Contractor exams needed to get the Class B AC license!). The in-person classes are not mandatory and can be taken at the student's discretion. For a list of upcoming classes for the Florida class B A/C Contractor Exams click on the link within the course description below.

 

Florida Class B Air Conditioning Contractor Course

Course Description: Upon enrolment the student receives an email containing his/her ID and Password combination to access the eCampus. The student can access the eCampus 24/7 for as long as it is necessary until he/she passes all licensing exams. The eCampus contains VIDEOS, PRACTICE QUESTIONS (similar to those seen on the actual exams), typical MATH PROBLEMS with step-by-step solutions, and detailed instructions on how to FIND ANSWERS within the books. The student also has access to optional in-person classroom-style refresher seminars. The training can be completed fully online, but if the student prefers, he/she can go to any number of REFRESHER SEMINARS (no extra charges or limitations).

Click here for a list of dates and locations of upcoming Refresher Seminars offered for this trade.

Sales price: $599.00

Florida Business and Finance (Construction) Course

This is the course which prepares you for the Business and Finance exam. The Business and Finance exam is mandatory for all contractors regardless of specific trade. This course teaches you how to find answers within the books (AIAs, Builder’s Guide to Accounting, Florida Contractor’s Manual, and Ch 455), and how to solve accounting problems. Detailed lecture videos teach how to solve problems step-by-step, and if you need some extra help, you can go to in-person review classes at no extra charge.
Sales price: $299.00

 

Florida Class B Air Conditioning Contractor Books

The set of books includes all required references for both the Class B Air Conditioning and Business and Finance exams. Orders placed before 2 PM are shipped the same day via UPS and a tracking number is emailed before 3 PM.

Complete Books Set without Tabs
(Includes all books listed below)


Sales price: $1,273.88

 

Complete Books Set with Tabs
(Includes all books listed below)


Sales price: $1,373.88

 

List of Books for the Air Conditioning Class B Contractor Trade Exams

CFR (OSHA) Tile 29 Part 1926

CFR (OSHA) Tile 29 Part 1926

In this text, specifically written for construction industry compliance, you will be able to find all the information needed to meet OSHA standards. In addition to a complete collection of Part 1926 regulations for the construction industry, the book also contains Part 1903 on Inspections, Citations, and Penalties; Part 1904 concerning Recording and Reporting Occupational Illnesses and Injuries; and relevant selections from Part 1910 for General Industry. Number of Pages: 566 Product Dimensions: 11 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/8 Weight: 2.8 Lbs Publisher: Mancomm ISBN-10: 1599595664
Sales price: $39.90
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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Troubleshooting Handbook

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Troubleshooting Handbook

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Troubleshooting Handbook is a must-have text for contractors involved in the maintenance of AC systems. It includes operation, adjustment, troubleshooting, installation, use, and start-up procedures for different types of air conditioning units.
Sales price: $182.52
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Florida Contractor's Manual 2017 Edition

Florida Contractor's Manual 2017 Edition

This book includes many of the aspects of operating a business related to the construction industry and shows everything there is to know about the proper way to file taxes; what insurance to carry; how to manage daily accounts, and how, when, and why to file a paperwork for a lien. It includes excerpts from the entire sections of Federal Codes, State Statutes, local ordinances, and the administrative rules related to all of the above. Product Dimensions: 12 x 10.2 x 3.8 inches; Weight: 9.2 pounds; Author: Multiple; Publisher: Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter; Edition: 2017 Edition; ISBN-10: 9781232013; ISBN-13: 978-9781232015. The 2013 Edition is out-of-print.
Sales price: $128.40
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Pipefitters Handbook

Pipefitters Handbook

Pipefitters’ Handbook contains thousands of facts and figures relevant to pipefitters, portraying almost everything there is to know about layout and pipe installations, providing clear answers to all sorts of problems associated with power and industrial pipe bending, as well as shop and field welding fabrication. Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 5/8 x 1 3/8" Weight: 1.0 Lbs Autor: Lindsey, Forrest R. Publisher: Industrial Press, Inc ISBN-13: 9780831130190
Sales price: $26.95
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NFPA 90A Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems, 2015

NFPA 90A Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems, 2015

NFPA 90A Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems, 2015 is a great source on fire-preventing installation practices for AC systems. It categorizes all material in a logical way, according to job description, supporting each worktable with a clear example of how it should be used. It also includes a special reference section, which gives instant information on the most useful on-the-job subjects. Number of Pages: 24 Product Dimensions: 11" x 8 1/2" x 1/16" Weight: 0.2 Lbs Also known as: NFPA 90A Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems ISBN-13: 9781455908981 2015 Edition
Sales price: $46.74
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NFPA 90B Installation of Warm Air Heating and Air Conditioning Systems, 2015 edition

NFPA 90B Installation of Warm Air Heating and Air Conditioning Systems, 2015 edition

This reference provides the most up-to-date requirements to keep fire, smoke, and gases from originating in and spreading through indoor HVAC systems in small buildings and 1-and-2 family dwellings. This book also covers all requirements for the construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of systems for warm air heating and air conditioning including filters, ducts, and related equipment to protect lives and property from fire, smoke, and gases resulting from dire conditions having manifestations similar to fire. Number of Pages: 20 Product Dimensions: 11" x 1 1/2" x 1/16" Weight: 0.2 Lbs ISBN-13: 9781455901012 Standard for the Installation of Warm Air Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems, 2015 Edition
Sales price: $36.96
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NFPA 96 Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations

NFPA 96 Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations

NFPA 96 is the standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations and it contains the minimum fire safety requirements related to the design, installation, operation, inspection, and maintenance of all public and private cooking operations. ISBN: 9781616652289, 2008 Edition
Sales price: $51.08
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Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards

Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards

Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards includes instructions on how to fabricate and install fibrous glass duct systems, including duct board systems with flex duct. It also shows methods of constructing simple straight-duct sections plus tees, elbows, and complex fittings, installing accessories, connecting ducts to HVAC equipment and also gives instructions and recommended methods of reinforcement, support, and damage repair.
Sales price: $115.33
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HVAC Duct Construction Standards – Metal and Flexible

HVAC Duct Construction Standards – Metal and Flexible

HVAC Duct Construction Standards (Metal and Flexible) contains tables and details for constructing ductwork from ½ to 10 Wg positive and negative pressures. It also gives information about pressure class tables, separate tables for TDC/TDF construction and expanded tables for round duct construction, including 6 Wg positive and negative pressure and sizes up to 96. This book also provides additional information to design professionals like double-wall construction details, casting construction details, and additional accessory items. Product Dimensions: 11 x 8 5/8 x 1 Weight: 2.4 Lbs Autor: SMACNA Edition: Third Edition
Sales price: $178.93
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Energy Systems Analysis and Management

Energy Systems Analysis and Management

Energy Systems Analysis and Management presents an updated level of technical information necessary for energy conservation and retrofits of today's commercial facilities. Provides building owners, facility managers, contractors, and system designers with the tools needed to evaluate an existing facility for energy savings potential. Items of special interest include performance contracting, CFC refrigeration regulation, and new automation system open protocols. Other topics covered include HVAC heat recovery, energy auditing, operation and maintenance, and indoor air quality. Product Dimensions: 11 x 5 5/8 x 3/4" Weight: 1.8 Lbs Publisher: Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Inc. ISBN: 9781617211058
Sales price: $106.93
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Trane Air Conditioning Manual

Trane Air Conditioning Manual

Trane Air Conditioning Manual represents a valuable reference for students and professionals covering the fundamentals and practical applications of air conditioning. Number of Pages: 473 Product Dimensions: 11 x 8 1/2 x 1" Weight: 2.4 Lbs
Sales price: $36.00
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Trane Ductulator

Trane Ductulator

The Trane Ductulator is an accurate, easy-to-use calculating tool that helps in laying out air-handling systems, sizing ducts, and checking duct systems.
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Trane Reciprocating Refrigeration Manual

Trane Reciprocating Refrigeration Manual

The Trane Reciprocating Refrigeration Manual is a highly popular and reliable source that covers the design, installation, operation, and servicing of reciprocating refrigeration systems. Number of Pages: 176 Product Dimensions: 10 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 3/8" Weight: 1.2 Lbs
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Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida

Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida

This is a useful handbook designed to provide up-to-date information for building energy efficient homes in the State of Florida. This book has very comprehensive details, including insulation, windows, lighting, air conditioning, and duct Systems. Number of Pages: 252 Product Dimensions: 11" x 9 1/4" x 7/8" Weight: 1.4 Lbs Publisher: University of Florida Edition: 8th ISBN-13: 978-0-9852487-3-4
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Florida Building Code - Mechanical

Florida Building Code - Mechanical

The Florida Mechanical Code 5th Edition is published by the International Code Council and it provides the standards for the safe and effective design and installation of current mechanical systems in Florida. Product Dimensions: 11 3/4" x 11 1/4" x 2 1/2" Weight: 2.8 Lbs Author: International Code Council Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning Edition: 2014 ISBN-10: 1609835603 ISBN-13: 978-1609835606
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Florida Building Code - Energy Conservation

Florida Building Code - Energy Conservation

The Florida Energy Conservation Code is a statewide energy code based on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), it is published by the International Code Council and it provides a standard code for the use of energy in new and existing buildings in the State of Florida. Product Dimensions: 11 3/4" x 11 1/4" x 2 1/2" Weight: 2.4 Lbs Author: International Code Council Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning Edition: 2014 ISBN: 9781609835651
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List of Books for the Business and Finance Exam

Please note that the Florida Contractor's Manual is required for both the business and the trade exams.

Florida Contractor's Manual 2017 Edition

Florida Contractor's Manual 2017 Edition

This book includes many of the aspects of operating a business related to the construction industry and shows everything there is to know about the proper way to file taxes; what insurance to carry; how to manage daily accounts, and how, when, and why to file a paperwork for a lien. It includes excerpts from the entire sections of Federal Codes, State Statutes, local ordinances, and the administrative rules related to all of the above. Product Dimensions: 12 x 10.2 x 3.8 inches; Weight: 9.2 pounds; Author: Multiple; Publisher: Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter; Edition: 2017 Edition; ISBN-10: 9781232013; ISBN-13: 978-9781232015. The 2013 Edition is out-of-print.
Sales price: $128.40
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Florida Statutes Chapter 455

Florida Statutes Chapter 455

Chapter 455 of the Florida Statutes (Business and Professional Regulation: General Provisions) contains regulation directly impacting the licensing process of contractors in the State of Florida. It is not only an important source of information for contractors in their everyday practice, but it is also a very useful reference used for the business and finance exam for all Florida state-contractor examinations. It covers subjects like continuing education requirements, the composition of the construction board, and unlicensed activity. Product Dimensions: 11" x 8.5" x 1/4"; Weight: 0.5 Lbs; Number of Pages: 58. This document is published by the Division of legislative Information Services, Rm 704 Claude Pepper Building, 111 West Madison St, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1400.
Sales price: $12.00
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A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction

A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction

Establishes the contractual relationship between the owner and the general contractor in a construction project.
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A401 Standard Form of Agreement between Contractor Subcontractor

A401 Standard Form of Agreement between Contractor Subcontractor

AIA A401 Establishes the contractual relationship between the Contractor and the Sub-Contractor in a construction project.
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A701, Instructions for Bidders

A701, Instructions for Bidders

This contract document is used when competitive bids are to be solicited for construction of the project. It also provides instructions on procedures, including bonding requirements for bidders to follow in preparing and submitting their bids.
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Builder's Guide to Accounting

Builder's Guide to Accounting

A step-by-step guide for setting up and maintaining records for a construction business. It is a practical, newly-revised guide to all accounting methods showing how to meet state and federal accounting requirements.
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