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Utility Line Electrical Contractor License

The Florida utility line electrical contractor exam is an open book exam. You can rent or purchase the books you will need to bring to the exam with you. 

    Book Rental $295   


   Book Purchase $895  

  • Save $600 by renting your exam books!
  • Book rental is valid for six months
  • Book deposit required for rental
  • Book deposit will be refunded in full if books are returned in good condition within six months 
  • Business exam online or live preparation courses available
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Sarasota, FL

  • January 10-11, 2019
  • February 21-22, 2019
  • April 11-12, 2019

CEI | 5016 Calle Minorga | Sarasota, FL 34242 | (800) 423-7058

Orlando, FL

  • January 24-25, 2019
  • March 7-8, 2019

Spring Hill Suites by Marriott | 5828 Hazeltine National Drive | Orlando, FL 32822 | (407) 816-5533

Miami (Doral), FL

  • February 7-8, 2019
  • March 21-22, 2019
  • April 25-26, 2019

CEI Training Center | 7955 NW 12th St, Ste. 203 | Doral, FL 33126 | (800) 423-7058 

License Scope

The scope of certification of a utility line electrical contractor means a utility contractor whose business includes all types of transmission electrical circuits, distribution electrical circuits, and substation construction done for investor owned electrical utilities, city municipal electrical utilities, and cooperatives under the rural electric authority between point of origin and point of delivery.

Method of Qualification

In order to become licensed, you must meet the following qualifications.

(a) – Is 18 years of age,
(b) – Is of good moral character, and
(c) – Meets eligibility requirements according to one of the following criteria:

  1. Has, within the 6 years immediately preceding the filing of the application, at least 3 years of proven management experience in the trade or education equivalent thereto, or a combination thereof, but not more than one-half of such experience may be educational equivalent;
  2. Has, within the 8 years immediately preceding the filing of the application, at least 4 years of experience as a supervisor or contractor in the trade for which he or she is making application, or at least 4 years of experience as a supervisor in electrical or alarm system work with the United States Armed Forces;
  3. Has, within the 12 years immediately preceding the filing of the application, at least 6 years of comprehensive training, technical education, or supervisory experience associated with an electrical or alarm system contracting business, or at least 6 years of technical experience, education, or training in electrical or alarm system work with the United States Armed Forces or a governmental entity;
  4. Has, within the 12 years immediately preceding the filing of the application, been licensed for 3 years as a professional engineer who is qualified by education, training, or experience to practice electrical engineering; or
  5. Has any combination of qualifications under numbers 1 - 3 above totaling 6 years of experience.

Licensing Steps

Step 1. Purchase or rent the books you will need to take the licensing exam. The exam is open book and you are allowed to bring the state approved reference books to the exam with you. 

Step 2. Register for your Florida utility line electrical contractor technical/safety exam and business exam.  You can register online at Click Apply For/Update Licenses in the top menu bar and choose Electrical Contractors on the next page. You can apply directly online or print and mail an application. If you have any questions you can call the Department of Business & Professional Regulation at 850.487.1395.

Step 3. Prepare for the licensing exams. You must pass both the technical trade knowledge exam and the business exam to receive your license. We recommend that you sign up for our online or live business exam preparation course to prepare for the business exam, especially if you are not very familiar with accounting and business law.

Step 4. Take and pass both exams.

Step 5. Mail the license application with your passing exam scores to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. 

For detailed information please visit the State of Florida website.

Exam Details - What to Expect

The Applicant will be required to pass 2 separate exams with a score of 75% or higher.

  • Business Exam – 2.5 hour computer-based exam
  • Technical/Safety Exam - 5 hour computer-based exam

Both exams are open-book, multiple-choice, and timed.

Reference books should be brought to both open book exams. Permanent book tabs and highlighting in books is allowed for the examinations.

Business Exam

The business exam consists of 50 questions. Candidates are allowed 2 ½ hours (150 minutes) of time to complete the examination. The business exam covers accounting, tax law, contracts, financial management and personnel management.

Technical/Safety Exam

The technical/safety exam consists of 100 questions. Candidates are allowed 5 hours (300 minutes) of time to complete the examination. The technical/safety exam covers general electrical knowledge, plan reading, wiring and protection, wiring methods and materials, special occupations and situations, OSHA, safety, procedures for using tools and equipment, electrical signs, outline lighting and structural considerations, and neon signs.

Preparing for Your Exams

Applicants will need to get familiar with all of their exam books. Applicants must know how to properly read the test questions and quickly locate the answers. Knowing which books to use for each content area is essential to passing the exam. A quality exam preparation class is the best way to prepare for the exam. 

100% One Year Course Guarantee

Students receive access to their course for a full year from the date of their registration!

Exam Reference Books Rental

The licensing exams are open book exams. You must bring the books with you to your exams. Books can be rented from CEI for $295 plus a refundable deposit. The deposit will be refunded in full provided the books are returned to CEI in good condition within six months of the original rental date. If you prefer, you may purchase the books. The business and finance exam books will be tabbed and highlighted if you purchase an online or live business and finance course. The trade exam books are not tabbed or highlighted.

Utility Line Electrical Contractor Exam Book Set (Includes Technical/Safety and Business Reference Books):

  • Florida Contractor's Manual
  • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29 (OSHA) Part 1926, 1910, 1904, 1903                           
  • NFPA 70-National Electrical Code
  • Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures
  • National Electrical Safety Code C2-2007
  • The Lineman’s and Cableman’s Handbook 2006
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