Florida Irrigation Contractor License
A Florida Irrigation Contractor is a contractor whose contracting business consists of the execution of contracts requiring the experience, financial means, knowledge, and skill to install, maintain, repair, alter, extend, manage, monitor, audit, or, if not prohibited by law, design irrigation systems. An irrigation specialty contractor may install, maintain, repair, alter, extend, manage, monitor, audit, or, if not prohibited by law, design irrigation systems, including any excavation work incidental thereto. An irrigation system includes all: piping; fittings; sprinklers; drip irrigation products; valves; irrigation controllers; control wiring; rain sensors; water pumps; water conservation devices; water harvesting systems; irrigation main lines downstream of a utility potable water meter or utility alternative water supply distribution line and dedicated backflow prevention device; and associated components installed for the delivery and application of water for the purpose of irrigation.
Below are some of the requirements needed to become a licensed Irrigation Contractor in the State of Florida:
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Irrigation and Business & Law). 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 Irrigation 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.
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 Irrigation Contractor License must have experience in the installation (commercial/residential) of:
Control Wire Irrigation
Rain Shut-off Devices
Experience can also be obtained in the areas of:
Installation of Two-wire or Decoder Based Controllers
Plot Plan and Site Preparation
Locating Underground Utility
Trenching, Excavation and Compaction
Cross Connection Control
Material Take Off/Plot Plan
Additional Experience could also derive from the areas of:
Use of Reclaimed Water
Use of Water Saving Technologies & Products
Installation of Central Control Systems (numerous site systems managed through central interface like a website or computer)
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 Irrigation Contractor’s License, you may visit the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board’s site.
Florida Irrigation Contractor Exams
Florida Irrigation 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!
This is an open-book test consisting of 80 questions and covers the following subjects: Pre-Construction, Construction, Maintenance & Repair; Scheduling & Water Conservation; and Rules, Laws & Codes.
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 Irrigation Contractor Classes
Below are the classes you can take to prepare for the Florida Irrigation and Florida Business and Finance exams. You must pass both exams in order to obtain the Irrigation Contractor’s License in Florida. To sign up for the Florida Irrigation classes, simply click on the "enroll" button below and checkout; this will allow you to receive immediate access to the Florida Irrigation 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 you pass all the Florida Licensing exams needed to get the Florida Irrigation 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 Irrigation Contractor Exams click on the link within the course description below. You can take Irrigation 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 Irrigation Contractor Exam Problems. The Irrigation Contractor Classes prepare you for the trade and business exams. Florida Irrigation Contractor Testing Schedule. You must pass all exams before applying for the Irrigation Contractor’s License in Florida. To sign up for the Florida Irrigation Contractor classes, simply click on the "enroll" button below and checkout; this will allow you to receive immediate access to the Florida Irrigation 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 Irrigation Contractor exams needed to get the Irrigation 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 Irrigation 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 Irrigation Contractor Books
The set of books includes all required references for both the Irrigation 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 Irrigation Contractor Trade Exams
Irrigation candidates are advised to be familiar with the following materials and study aides for the examination. Do not bring these materials below to the examination site:
FL Statute 373.62 Water conservation; automatic sprinkler systems, 2012, Division of legislative Information Services, Rm 704 Claude Pepper Building, 111 West Madison St, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1400, 800-342-1827. http://www.flsenate.gov/Statutes/index.cfm?StatuteYear=2010&Tab=statutes&Submenu=1
Trench Safety Act, FL Statute 553.60 – FL Statute 553.64, PART III, 2011 http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2011/Chapter553/Part_III
DEP 2012 Reuse of Reclaimed Water and Land Application, F.A.C. 62-610, 2012, Review Sections: 62-610.419, 62-610.468, 62-610.469, 62-610.660 www.dep.state.fl.us/legal/Rules/wastewater/62-610.pdf