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How To Become An Electrician in Florida

Last updated on January 29th, 2018 at 08:41 am.

If you’re looking to become an electrician in Florida then you’ve come to the right place. EAHQ is going to show you where to find an electrical apprenticeship, state licensing requirements, and how to get started.

To start off, Florida does not require you to have an electrical license to become an electrician. What is required is for an electrical company to exist the contractor must have an electrical license through the state.

Florida has four types of electrical contractor licenses:

  • Certified Electrician (EC)
  • Registered Electrician (ER)
  • Certified Electrical Specialty Contractor (ES)
  • Registered Electrical Specialty Contractor (ET).

The difference between a certified contractor and a registered contractor is that a certified contractor can work anywhere in Florida, while a registered contractor is limited to the counties or local municipalities where they hold a local license.

To begin your journey to become an electrician in Florida you need to apply to an apprenticeship. There are both union and non-union apprenticeship to choose from.

How To Become An Electrician In Florida

What you want to do first is choose an electrical apprenticeship closest to you.

IBEW – NECA Electrical Apprenticeship In Florida

Once you’ve located an apprenticeship head on over to our article on how to join an IBEW apprenticeship. You should find some useful information there.

If that school is no longer accepting applications or there is a massive wait, you should branch out to a surrounding apprenticeship.

Once you choose an apprenticeship and applied, here’s what you can expect to happen:

  • Aptitude Test
  • Interview
  • Selection
Applicants will be notified of a date to take the Aptitude Test. There is typically a test fee of around $25. The Test takes approximately 2½ hours to complete and consists of Algebra, Technical Mathematics, and Reading Comprehension. Applicants will be notified in writing of their test results. An applicant who does not pass the test may apply to re-test after 6 months have elapsed. 
Applicants who pass the Aptitude Test will be scheduled for an in-person interview. Each applicant will be scored individually based upon their application, test result, and interview. The overall score will determine each applicant’s ranking in the pool of qualified candidates. 
Applicants will be selected in order of their ranking. Prior to being indentured, each applicant will be required to provide satisfactory results of a physical examination and a drug test provided by the JATC. 

There are 7 electrical apprenticeships in Florida:

Jacksonville Electrical JATC
4951 Richard Street
Jacksonville,FL 32207
Phone 904-737-7533
Fax 904-737-7534

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The JEJATC is committed to the education of apprentices and journeymen in the organized electrical industry. That strong commitment manifests itself in quality apprenticeship and journeyman level training programs in commercial and industrial electrical technology and voice-data-video technology.

Individuals participating in the various programs can receive college level credit. Beyond that, they may improve their skill level through continuing education units..

The JEJATC is state registered and VA approved apprenticeship training center committed to helping all training participants reap the rewards of their efforts by constantly updating, improving and developing state-of-the-art training programs of the highest caliber.

Qualifications for the Apprenticeship Program

An applicant must meet the following qualifications to be eligible for an interview:

  • A High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) with one credit of Algebra.
  • 18 years of age – Birth Certificate required.
  • Physically able to perform the work.
  • Possess a valid drivers license.
  • Must obtain a qualifying score on the Electrical Trades Aptitude Test.
  • Veterans must furnish us their copy of DD214 with re-enlistment code at bottom

OR… An individual who can verify that they have worked a minimum of 2000 hours specially in the electrical construction trade.


Apprentices are required to attend two classes per week – either Mon-Wed or Tue-Thu from 6:30-9:30pm. Additional specialty classes will be held on Saturday’s.


Is a competency‐based approach, involving successful demonstration of acquired skills and knowledge by an apprentice, as verified by the program sponsor, with an on‐the‐job learning component and related technical instruction (RTI)


A hybrid approach which requires the apprentice to complete a specified minimum number of on‐the‐job‐learning hours and RTI hours to demonstrate competency in the defined subject areas.

Can enter the Electrical Apprenticeship program on an accelerated schedule due to prior training and experience.


The Registered Preapprenticeship program provides an avenue for both adults and youth who are at least 16 years old to become qualified to enter the Electrical  Apprenticeship program.
After completing their programs, preapprentices may be granted preference for entry into registered apprenticeship program or Hybrid program. They may also receive credit towards the completion of their registered apprenticeship program, often shortening the program length by as much as a year.


The Construction Wireman and Construction Electrician program, also known as the CW/CE program, is designed to provide experienced Electrical Workers with pathways into the IBEW/NECA organization by providing competitive pay and benefits based on documented and evaluated experience and knowledge/skill levels.

CW – Construction Wireman
Can enter the competency- based or hybrid apprenticeship program.
CE – Construction Electrician
Can enter the competency-base or hybrid apprenticeship program on an accelerated schedule due to prior training and experience.

Gainesville Electrical JATC
P.O. Box 5428, 2420 NE 17th Terrace
Gainesville,FL 32627
Phone 352-376-8375
Fax 352-371-0288

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The Gainesville Electrical JATC apprenticeship is a 5 year program. Apprentices attend classes 2 nights per week, 3 hours per night. Our classes are 2 semesters totaling 8 months per year allowing 4 months off for summer break.

Application Requirements

An applicant must meet the following qualifications to be eligible for an interview:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age (Copy of birth certificate required).
  • Must have valid Florida or Georgia drivers license (Copy required).
  • Must be a high school graduate or have a GED (Must provide copy of diploma or GED).
  • Must provide official transcripts for high school or post high school showing evidence of successfully completing one full credit of high school algebra with a passing grade or provide evidence of having successfully completed the NJATC On-Line Tech Math Course.
  • Must be physically able to perform the work of the electrical trade.
  • If applicant has been in the military, a copy of discharge form DD-214 is required. •
  • Submit a non-refundable application fee of $25.00.
  • Must obtain a qualifying score on the Electrical Industry’s Aptitude Test.


Daytona Beach Electrical JATC
5901 S. Williamson Blvd
Port Orange,FL 32128
Phone 386-322-6236
Fax 386-322-6238

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The Electrical Union Apprenticeship presents opportunities for you to become a journeyman electrician and increase your knowledge in preparation for a high paying position in construction, estimating, electronics, or electrical management.

Graduates often are employed as general foremen, project managers, estimators, safety specialists, training directors or instructors.

Formal training allows you to gain the academic knowledge needed to understand electrical construction theory and all other electrical facets not found in on-the-job training.

In addition to 198 classroom/lab hours per year, apprentices receive a minimum of 8,000 on-the-job training hours while earning their certificate.

Upon graduation you are awarded certificates from Daytona State College and the Florida Department of Education and qualify to take the Journeyman Electrician State Licensing Board Examination.

Minimum Entrance Requirements

  • Age 18
  • High school graduate or GED
  • One credit of high school Algebra
  • Valid Florida driver’s license


Central Florida Electrical JATC
2738 N. Forsyth Road
Winter Park, FL 32792
Phone 407-678-3733
Fax 407-657-9851

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The Central Florida Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee operates 4 unique programs all overseen by their own individual committee. Every program requires hard work and discipline.

An Apprentice’s work ethic and overall attitude are essential elements of becoming a successful electrician.

Apprentices are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours a week while attending class for 6 hours. Classes are held 1:00pm – 7:00pm, 1 day a week. Central Florida JATC operates year-round with breaks in the spring, fall and winter.


  • Inside Commercial Wireman
  • Walt Disney World Maintenance
  • Residential Wireman
  • Telecommunication (Voice Data Video) Installer – Technician


How To Apply

Step 1: Application

Currently all application must be completed in person at the Central Florida JATC. The following documents are required to complete an application and should be brought with you when you visit the office.

Required Documents

  • Driver’s License or Picture ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate or Passport
  • High School Diploma or GED Certificate and Scores
  • Official Sealed High School Transcripts showing one (1) full credit of Algebra.

Additional Information

  • Resume
  • Proof of Military Experience (DD214)
  • College Transcripts
  • Vocational Transcripts
  • Letter of Electrical Experience
  • Referral Letters

Step 2: Aptitude Exam

The aptitude exam is validated for use by sponsors of the IBEW/NECA electrical apprenticeship programs to assist in the selection of apprentices. The Aptitude Exam evaluates candidates on their math skills and Reading comprehension. A score of Pass or Fail is provided the day after the exam. Applicants are only tested once a month in order of completed application dates. A $20 application fee (cash only) is required before taking the exam. Anyone absent for the exam must wait 6 months before being rescheduled.

 Step 3: Interview

Applicants are interviewed and scored by the appropriate program committee. Committee interviews take place once a month; depending on the volume of applicants, it could take up to 6 months to be interviewed. Based on interview performance, all applicants are placed on a ranking list. Applicants are accepted into Apprenticeship programs based on their placement on the ranking list.

Step 4: Accepted Applicants

Only those applicants accepted into the Apprenticeship program will receive a letter from the Central Florida Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) informing them of the decision and inviting them to attend classes. Keep in mind, selections are not always immediately following the interview. Very often, several months may pass before actual selection are made and a new school years starts. Applicants remain on the ranking list for possible selection into school for 2 years before needing to re-apply.

The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship, shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, age or sex – except the applicant must be at least 17 years of age to apply and 18 years of age at the time of indenture. The JATC does not and will not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability because of the disability of such individual. The sponsor will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity  in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under applicable law and lawful regulations issued thereunder.

Tampa Area Electrical JATC
5625 Harney Road
Tampa,FL 33610
Phone 813-621-3002
Fax 813-628-0278

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The Tampa Area Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC), is a partnership between the Florida West Coast Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 915.

Applications Requirements: 

An applicant must meet the minimum age requirement of 18 at the time of application, obtain a qualifying score on the NJATC Aptitude Test and possess a valid Driver’s License.

Individuals who can verify (by providing indisputable documenting evidence) that they have worked a minimum of four-thousand (4,000) hours specifically in the electrical construction industry, shall submit a written Industry recommendation and may qualify for either direct interview or direct entry; as determined by the JATC if apprenticeship opportunities are available

How To Apply:

Create Account online and enter the required information to set up your account. This will send an email to staff letting us know that you wish to complete an application for the apprenticeship program. We will verify your information during normal business hours and you will be sent an email instructing you on the rest of the process. Once your application is in progress, you may log in as often as necessary to complete the steps.

Florida East Coast Electrical JATC
4620 Summit Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Phone 561-968-4400
Fax 561-968-1390

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The Florida East Coast Electrical JATC  is a 5 year electrical apprenticeship that will require you to complete five years of related electrical training with approximately 192 hours of classroom time per year. You will also work for electrical contractors to earn 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.

Apprenticeship Requirements

An individual who can show that they meet the conditions listed below, after making application for apprenticeship, will be afforded an interview by the JATC.  If interviewed, the applicant will be listed among those applicants qualified for selection, for a period of two calendar years from the date of interview. To be interviewed the applicant must:

  1. Complete an application form, accurately responding to all questions and items including statements indicating that they are:
    • physically and mentally able to safely perform or learn to safely perform essential functions of the job either with or without reasonable accommodations.
    • able to get to and from work at job sites anywhere within the geographical area that this apprenticeship program covers.
    • able and willing to attend all related classroom training as required to complete their apprenticeship.
    • able to climb and work from ladders, scaffolds, poles and towers of various heights.
    • able to crawl and work in confined spaces such as attics, manholes and crawlspaces.
    • able to read, hear and understand instructions and warning
  2. Meet the minimum age requirement of 18 at the time of application (must provide evidence of minimum age as required by the JATC, in accordance with State laws and regulations).
  3. Be at least a high school graduate, or have a GED, or in lieu of a high school diploma or GED, have a two-year associate degree or higher.
  4. Show evidence of successful completion of: one full credit of high school algebra with a passing grade, or one post highschool algebra course (e.g. Adult Education, Continuing Education, Community College, etc.) with a passing grade, or provide evidence of having successfully completed the NJATC Online Tech Math Course. http://www.njatc.utk.edu/
  5. Provide an official transcript(s) for high school and post high school education and training. All GED records must besubmitted if applicable. (Note: schools shall be requested to obliterate reference to date of birth, years of attendance,graduation date, age, race and sex, if required by State law or regulation.)
  6. Obtain a minimum score on the electrical industry’s aptitude test developed and validated by the American Institutes for Research.
  7. Possess a valid Driver’s License.
  8. Submit a DD-214 to verify military training and/or experience if they are a veteran.

All selected applicants (including direct entry) must provide the documentation specified to complete their application.  Regardless of how one qualifies for apprenticeship, following selection, but prior to registration, ALL individuals being offered an apprenticeship will qualify on:

1.    A physical examination conducted by a licensed physician, chosen by the JATC, in order to determine if the selected applicant is capable of performing essential functions of the occupation, with or without reasonable accommodations being made. Cost of the exam is borne by the JATC.

2.    A drug-screen test.  Cost of the test is borne by the JATC.  The JATC’s Drug Policy is part of its official Rules and Policies. Applicants will be notified that such a policy exists and given an opportunity to review it.

Miami Electrical JATC 
1657 NW 17th Avenue
Miami, FL 33125
Phone 305-324-7578
Fax 305-325-9916

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Online Application

Upon completion of this form your name will be added to our database for current and future work opportunities. Additional instructions will be given when you submit the form.

Applications will be accepted for employment. At the time of application you must present a valid drivers license and Social Security Card.

You will have 30 days from the date of application to provide any additional information need.

Aptitude exam:
Upon satisfying all prerequisites, you will be scheduled for an aptitude test.  You will receive a letter specifying the time and date of  the exam.  This test will include sections on reading comprehension and mathematics.  With a qualifying score on the aptitude test, you will then qualify for an oral interview.

You will receive a letter specifying a time and date for an interview. All interviewees are then ranked  with all other applicants.

Applicants can stay on the ranking list for a maximum of two years.  We hire, in order, off the list.  Each class generally consists of 8 to 20 apprentices.  However, new hires could start working anytime during the year.


Non Union Electrical Apprenticeships In Florida

Florida Electrical Apprenticeship Association

5656 Corporate Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Phone: 561-697-4893
Fax: 561-697-8728
Email: [email protected]

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Apprenticeship consists of 4 years of a combination of classroom/lab hours as well as work related instruction in the field. At the end of each year the apprentice will receive a Certificate of Promotion; at the end of the 4th year the apprentice will receive a “Certificate of Completion” from FEAA as well as a “Completion of Apprenticeship” certificate from the State of Florida, Department of Education.


Apprenticeship Requirements per Year

Each year of apprenticeship requires:

  • 144 minimum classroom/lab hours
  • Passing grade of at least 70%
  • 2000 hours of on-the-job-training (OJT) with a participating licensed electrical contractor. OJT is documented on the student’s work sheets (WPS) and is signed by the contractor.
  • 12 completed months of WPS on file
  • Apprentices will not receive their certificate until ALL of the above requirements are met.

Apprenticeship Requirements For Completion

At the end of the 4th year the apprentice should have met the following criteria to receive a Certificate of Completion from FEAA as well as from the State of Florida and PBSC:

  • 576 Classroom hours (144 hours per apprenticeship year)
  • Passing grade of at least 70%
  • 8000 hours of documented OJT hours with a participating licensed electrical contractor.
  • 48 completed months of WPS on file

Apprentices will not receive their certificate until ALL of the above requirements are met.

COSTS: The cost is $500.00 per year for the training services that is paid by the contractor. Book fees vary in cost dependent on the class in which the apprentice is enrolling and can be purchased from our website under the order books tab (prices subject to change). In addition to their current year’s textbook each apprentice will be required to have the current NEC Codebook.

ABSENCES: Attendance, including graduation night, is mandatory. Each apprentice is required to complete at minimum, 144 instructional classroom hours per apprenticeship year. Once a student surpasses the allowed absences, they will be released from the program. All absences must be called into the apprenticeship office prior to class – this is the apprentice’s responsibility. If your absence is work related, your employer must call in for you. An absence that is called into the apprenticeship office will allow the apprentice to make up any class work/tests within 2 weeks of the absence. NO CALL – NO MAKE UP TESTS/WORK. It is the apprentice’s responsibility to make up missed work. Any tests that have to be made up due to an absence must be taken at the apprenticeship office, by appointment only and within 2 weeks. Students leaving class after the break without an excuse will be counted absent for the entire class.

MONTHLY WORK SHEETS: Work records must be complete, signed and up to date in your file at all times. You will not receive a certificate unless they are current. FEAA requires work records to be turned in each month to the instructor no later than the 1st Thursday of the following month. If a work record is turned in late or not at all, the apprentice will receive a 10 point deduction from his grade and will be noted on his grade report. The 10 points will NOT be added back to the grade once the record is received. Incomplete work records will be returned to the students and no credit given until they are completed and sent back to the apprenticeship office. If you supervise a job, the project manager/owner will be responsible to sign your work records. You can obtain blank work records under the “forms” section of this website.

HOW LONG WILL I BE AN APPRENTICE? As dictated by industry standards, an apprentice must have continuous employment for four years (48 months), and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training with a participating licensed electrical contractor.

WHAT TRADE EDUCATION DO I RECEIVE? Classroom training consists of up to 180 hours of trade instruction and lab per year. In order to achieve these hours you will have to attend class two nights a week for three hours each night including graduation night. During the apprenticeship program, the instruction is geared toward the technical aspects of the electrical trade from entry level to journeyman level.

FOR WHOM DO I WORK? You work for a participating licensed electrical contractor. FEAA administers the training programs for the electrical trade employers and assists you in staying employed during the four-year program. It is your sole responsibility to let FEAA know at all times whom you are working for and if for any reason you are not working.

WHAT TO DO UPON ENTRANCE OF APPRENTICESHIP: Complete the entire apprenticeship application and submit to FEAA.

  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • A valid Driver’s license or State ID
  • Social Security Card.
  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma
  • Proof of US residency if not a US Citizen.
  • Ability to read and write English and do high school level math
  • It is necessary to be continuously employed by a sponsoring licensed electrical contractor. We cannot enroll you into apprenticeship until you secure a job with a participating licensed electrical contractor.

UPON COMPLETION: At the end of each school year those students who have successfully, completed their class level and obtained the requirements set forth for each apprenticeship year will receive from FEAA a “Certificate of Promotion”.


  1. FEAA is a state registered apprenticeship program.
  2. This program requires four years on-the-job training and related classroom instruction.
  3. Apprentice is responsible to program for:
    • Class Attendance
    • Monthly work sheets to instructors
    • Notification of change of address or phone
    • Notification of change of employer
    • Using established “change of employer” form
    • Having required textbooks for class
    • Adult conduct


Independent Electrical Contractors Florida West Coast Chapter

4400 140th Ave. N Suite 170
Clearwater, FL 33762
Phone: 727-499-0727
Fax: 727-499-0732

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It IEC West Coast Chapter program provides 180 hours of classroom instruction each year by going to school two nights a week plus up-to-date job training over the course of the apprenticeship.

After completing our training program and on-the-job training you will qualify for Journeyman Electrician licensing.

Your training is all completed while you earn an income without the need for loans!

IEC Program Benefits:

  • A nationally recognized program
  • Earn college credit
  • Paid on-the-job training, earn while you learn Electricians are among the highest paid of the skilled trades
  • State certification
  • No monthly or annual dues
  • No loans to repay
  • Unlimited growth potential
  • Excellent wages! Electricians can earn $23+ an hour

ABC-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (Tampa)

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  • School Year: August – April
  • Registration: July-August at the ABC Office
  • Length of Program: A minimum of a four (4) year program of not less than 8,000 hours of on-the-job training
  • School Campus Locations: Tampa, Sarasota, Venice.
  • Minimum Qualifications: 18 years old or older Interview Working for a licensed electrical contractor

Florida Electrical Apprenticeship and Training

ABC-Florida East Coast Chapter 


Florida Electrical Licensing

Certified Electrical/Alarm/Specialty Contractor In Florida

In order to become a certified Electrical/Alarm/Specialty contractor, you will need to fill the requirements imposed on each license, then apply for double exams, pass them and re-apply for the license. You will need to fill the requirements in order to be able to receive a license. A previous experience of 6 years is mandatory. Apart from that, you will also need evidence of workers’ compensation coverage, “an acceptable exemption certificate issued by the department and public liability and property damage insurance for the health, safety, and welfare of the public” and an affidavit in order to either be issued a license or renew one.

Now, after you cover the contractor license requirements, you will have to apply for the Technical/Safety and Business sections of the test. After your application is approved, then you will be eligible to participate in the exams. The exam you will have to take the contractor license is in 2 parts. The first part called “Business section” is common for all licenses. The second part called “Technical/Safety section “varies according to the license you want to acquire i.e. Electrical, Alarm System I.

After successfully passing the exams, you are required to apply for the license, and thereafter subjected to Continuing Education and obliged to renew your license biennially.

Registered Electrical/Alarm/Specialty Contractor

In order to become a registered contractor, you will have to take and pass a local examination. You then choose the registered license in which you are interested in the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Application Center website. If you are applying as a contractor, you need to download the contractor specialty application forms available at the website.

Then complete the application accordingly to the guidelines on it and submit the check for the appropriate fee ($155.00 for initial-first time licensing) made payable to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

After that, you can still add more counties if you want to, by taking the appropriate exams and paying a small extra fee ($25.00 per county/municipality).

After your application is approved and receive your license, you will be subject to continuing education and you will be obliged to renew your license biennially.

However, before you renew your license, you must have already obtained the necessary continuing education credits, which are 14 hours for each renewal.

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An alarm system contractor is a person whose business includes the execution of contracts requiring the experience and skill to lay out, fabricate, install, maintain, alter, repair, monitor, inspect, replace, or service any electrical device, signaling device or combination of electrical devices used to signal or detect a burglary, fire, robbery, or medical emergency. 

A registered contractor is any contractor who has registered with the department pursuant to fulfilling the competency requirements in the jurisdiction for which the registration is issued. Registered contractors may contract only in such jurisdictions.

An alarm system contractor I means an alarm system contractor whose business includes all types of alarm systems for all purposes.

An alarm system contractor II means an alarm system contractor whose business includes all types of alarm systems other than fire, for all purposes.

A specialty contractor means a contractor whose scope of practice is limited to a specific segment of electrical or alarm system contracting, including, but not limited to: elevator specialist (class code 066), utility line electrical specialist (class code 068), low voltage system specialist (class code 069), residential electrical contracting (class code 043), maintenance of electrical fixtures (class code 065), and fabrication, erection, installation, and maintenance of electrical advertising signs (class code 067).

A registered electrical specialty contractor refers to: elevator specialist (class code 066), utility line electrical specialist (class code 068), low voltage system specialist (class code 069), residential electrical contracting (class code 043), maintenance of electrical fixtures (class code 065), and fabrication, erection, installation, and maintenance of electrical advertising signs (class code 067). A registered electrical specialty contractor may contract only in the cities and/or counties for which his or her registration is issued.

The licenses have different categories namely-EC, ER, EF, EG, EJ, EY, EZ, ES 043, ES 068, ES 065, ES 067, ES 069, ET 043, ET 065, ET 067, ET 068 and ET 069. Each category has its and legal jurisdiction.

If a business is interested in getting a license, it must apply to the Electrical Contractors Licensing Board. The board licenses individuals as contractors to carry out electrical and alarm work as per Chapter 489 Part II, Florida Statutes. A corporation, partnership, Limited Liability Company or any other business entity other than a sole proprietorship, the contractor must be approved to qualify the business entity. The name of the approved business should appear on the contractors’ individual license. In case a contractor is operating as an individual without a specified business name, the word “INDIVIDUAL” must appear on the contractor’s license. A legally verifiable contractor should have a license number and name. The business license is issued by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and specifically by the Electrical Contractors Licensing Board. You can have both a certified and a registered license, as long as they are in different categories. For example, you can be a certified electrical contractor and a registered alarm system contractor. Licensure can be granted only by examination or endorsement.