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Florida Underground Utility Contractor License

A Florida Underground Utility and Excavation Contractor is a contractor whose services are limited to the construction, installation, and repair, on public or private property, whether accomplished through open excavations or through other means, including, but not limited to, directional drilling, auger boring, jacking and boring, trenchless technologies, wet and dry taps, grouting, and slip lining, of main sanitary sewer collection systems, main water distribution systems, storm sewer collection systems, and the continuation of utility lines from the main systems to a point of termination up to and including the meter location for the individual occupancy, sewer collection systems at property line on residential or single-occupancy commercial properties, or on multi-occupancy properties at manhole or wye lateral extended to an invert elevation as engineered to accommodate future building sewers, water distribution systems, or storm sewer collection systems at storm sewer structures. However, an underground utility and excavation contractor may install empty underground conduits in rights-of-way, easements, platted rights-of-way in new site development, and sleeves for parking lot crossings no smaller than 2 inches in diameter if each conduit system installed is designed by a licensed professional engineer or an authorized employee of a municipality, county, or public utility and the installation of such conduit does not include installation of any conductor wiring or connection to an energized electrical system. A Florida Underground Utility and Excavation Contractor may not install piping that is an integral part of a fire protection system as defined in s. 633.021 beginning at the point where the piping is used exclusively for such system. For this type of installation a Florida Fire Protection V Contractor License is required instead.

Licensing Requirements

Below are some of the requirements needed to become a licensed Underground Utility Contractor in the State of Florida:

Age

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Examination

Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Underground Utility 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 Underground Utility 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.

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 Underground Utility Contractor License must have experience in the installation of:

Main Sanitary Sewer Collection Systems

Main Water Distribution Systems

Storm Sewer Collection Systems

Additional experience in the areas below can also be used:

Repair of Main Sanitary Sewer

Collection Systems

Repair of Main Water Distribution Systems

Repair of Storm Sewer Collection Systems

Installation/Repair of Conventional (Open Trench) Pipe

Trenchless Technologies

Directional Boring/Auger, Boring/Jacking and Boring

Meter Installation/Flow Regulator

Installation of Wet and Dry Taps

Grouting and Pipeline Abandonment/Removal

Empty Conduit Installation

Installation of Reclaimed Water Systems

Construction/Installation of Pump Stations, Lift Stations and Wet Wells

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 Underground Utility Contractor’s License, you may visit the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board’s site.

Florida Underground Utility Contractor Exams

Florida Underground Utility 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!

Underground Utility Exam

This open-book test consists of 80 questions involving the following subjects: Pre-Installation; Traffic Control; Excavating, Backfill, and Compaction; Pipe Installation and Repairs; Piping, Valves and Fittings; Testing and Disinfecting; Drainage Systems; 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 Underground Utility Contractor Classes

Our Underground Utilities in-person and home study classes prepare students for the Florida Underground Utilities exams with the State of Florida. Students learn how to find information quickly within the reference books, as well as how to solve the different math problems involved. Contractors must pass both the Underground Utilities and  Business and Finance tests to get the CUC (Certified Underground Utilities and Excavation Contractor) license. Our tabbing system allows students to find information faster within their books, and our lecture videos walk you through all the steps involved in the solution of the different math problems. You can take Underground Utility 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 Underground Utility Contractor Exam Problems. The Underground Utility Contractor Classes prepare you for the trade and business exams. Florida Underground Utility Contractor Testing Schedule. You must pass all exams before applying for the Underground Utility Contractor’s License in Florida. To sign up for the Florida Underground Utility Contractor classes, simply click on the "enroll" button below and checkout; this will allow you to receive immediate access to the Florida Underground Utility 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 Underground Utility Contractor exams needed to get the Underground Utility 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 Underground Utility Contractor Exams click on the link within the course description below.

 

Florida Underground Utilities 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 Underground Utilities Contractor Books

The set of books includes all required references for both the Underground Utility 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: $775.51

 

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


Sales price: $875.51

 

List of Books for the Underground Utility Contractor Trade Exams

Florida Building Code - Plumbing

Florida Building Code - Plumbing

The Florida Pluming Code is published by the International Code Council is a fully integrated code contains the standard codes and regulations for plumbing facilities in the State of Florida. Product Dimensions: 11 3/4" x 11 1-1/4" x 2 1/2 " Weight: 3.0 Lbs Author: International Code Council Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning Edition: 2014 ISBN-10: 160983559X ISBN-13: 978-1609835590 Product Dimensions: 11 3/4" x 11 11/4" x 2 1/2" Weight: 3 Lbs
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Installation Guide for Ductile Iron Pipe

Installation Guide for Ductile Iron Pipe

The Installation Guide for Ductile Iron Pipe simply has everything there is to know about Ductile Iron Pipe. It is a great resource for contractors in the underground utilities field, not to mention a great tool for those contractors trying to pass their contractor exams for their license. Number of Pages: 104 Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 1/8" Weight: 0.2 Lbs Autor: Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association Publisher: Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association ISBN-10: 0964219409 ISBN-13: 9780964219403
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ANSI/AWWA C900-07, AWWA Standard for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Pressure Pipe and Fabricated Fittings, 4 In. Through 12 In. (100 mm Through 300 mm), for Water Transmission and Distri

ANSI/AWWA C900-07, AWWA Standard for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Pressure Pipe and Fabricated Fittings, 4 In. Through 12 In. (100 mm Through 300 mm), for Water Transmission and Distri

The purpose of The purpose of AWWA C-900 is to provide direction and guidance for manufacturing, testing, selecting, and purchasing PVC pressure pipe and fabricated fittings for underground water distribution systems. Number of Pages: 44 Product Dimensions: 11 x 8 1/2 x 1/8" Weight: 0.2 Lbs Publisher: America Water Works Association
Sales price: $119.00
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Building Estimator's Reference Book

Building Estimator's Reference Book

This book is recognized worldwide as the authoritative source for comprehensive cost estimating information. It contains detailed construction cost data, reference tables, charts, and diagrams for quick reference plus detailed explanations of all possible variables affecting job costs. Paperback ISBN-10: 091159230X ISBN-13: 978-0911592306 Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 5.6 x 2.2 inches Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
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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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Concrete Pipe & Box Culvert Installation

Concrete Pipe & Box Culvert Installation

Concrete Pipe and Box Culvert Installation is a guide for a proper installation of concrete pipe and box culverts, including standard installations, jointing, alignment, testing, and more. Number of Pages: 90 Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 1/4 x 1/4" Weight: 0.1 Lbs Publisher: American Concrete Pipe Association ISBN-10: 0615551653 ISBN-13: 978-0615551654
Sales price: $24.40
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Pipe & Excavation Contracting

Pipe & Excavation Contracting

Pipe & Excavation Contracting can help readers to develop the skills needed to succeed as an underground utility contractor. It teaches how to read plans and compute quantities for both trench and surface excavation, figure crew and equipment productivity rates, estimate unit costs, bid the work, and get the needed bonds. Number of Pages: 326 Product Dimensions: 11 x 8 1/2 x 3/4" Weight: 2.0 Lbs Autor: Dave Roberts Publisher: Craftsman Book Company ISBN-13: 9781572182660
Sales price: $42.00
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FL DOT Utility Accommodation Manual

FL DOT Utility Accommodation Manual

Utility Accommodation Manual is a publication by the Florida Department of Transportation which provides detailed information from virtually all aspects of the installation of underground utilities. Number of Pages: 32 Product Dimensions: 11 x 8 5/8 x 1/8" Weight: 0.2 Lbs Autor: Florida Department of Transportation
Sales price: $12.00
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Handbook of PVC Pipe Design and Construction

Handbook of PVC Pipe Design and Construction

Handbook of PVC Pipe Design and Construction is a comprehensive reference that provides practical engineering and construction information together with recommendations applicable to the design and use of primarily underground PVC piping systems, in both pressure and non-pressure applications. Product Dimensions: 10 1/4 x 8 1/4 x 1 1/2" Weight: 3.0 Lbs Publisher: Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association Edition: 5th ISBN-13: 9780831134501
Sales price: $51.55
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Damage Prevention Guide / Excavation Guide (Includes FL Statute Ch. 556 Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act)

Damage Prevention Guide / Excavation Guide (Includes FL Statute Ch. 556 Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act)

The Damage Prevention Guide is a how-to guide for the prevention of excavation damage. Explains all the steps in the process of ensuring one’s excavation does not end up on the evening news. It covers everything from dialing 811 to scheduling a visit and more. Number of Pages: 92 Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 3/16" Weight: 0.2 Lbs
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555 Directional Bore

555 Directional Bore

555 Directional Bore documents the approved construction methods, procedures, and materials for directional boring.
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556 Jack and Bore

556 Jack and Bore

556 Jack and Bore shows the approved construction methods, procedures, and materials for jack and bore, also known as auger boring; micro tunneling is also included in the category of jack and bore for purposes of specifications.
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List of Books for the Business and Finance Exam

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.
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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.
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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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