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.
Below are some of the requirements needed to become a licensed Class B Air Conditioning Contractor in the State of Florida:
Must be at least 18 years of age.
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.
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.
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
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.
An applicant must have a background check as part of the licensing process.
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.
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.
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)
Complete Books Set with Tabs
(Includes all books listed below)
List of Books for the Air Conditioning Class B Contractor Trade Exams
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.