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Many successful Contractors in Florida have received their exam prep from BTES. Our instructors consistently provide aspiring tradespeople the knowledge and test-taking methodology they need in order to attain this essential part of the licensing process – passing the exam without drama or stress. Our test-taking methods along with our comprehensive study guides are proven to help you pass the Florida General, Builder, and Residential contractors licensing exam the very first time. BTES students have over a 95% pass rate AND a No Pass – No Pay Guarantee.

By far, it’s the connection they make to the course material. We keep the class size low on purpose. With such a focused setting, you get personalized attention and an inclusive atmosphere which makes learning how to make taking this difficult test simple.

Here is what you can expect after you register for the G / B/ R Contractors Exam Prep course from BTES:

  • Focused trade classes; no mixing of unrelated trades.
  • Smaller class size to ensure that you receive personal attention.
  • Participate from the comfort of your home or office with our virtual classes led by a live BTES instructor. Cost effective and convenient, our Virtual Classes will save on the expense and travel time of going to a live class.
  • Courses are intensive and in-depth. We make SURE you know your reference books and how to use them.
  • We show you how and where to tab/highlight your reference books.
  • Learn simple ways to turn difficult math problems into easy to answer questions.
  • Up-to-date workbooks providing questions and answers that mirror prior exams so you gain experience practicing on realistic exam material.

Expert Instructors. Every BTES instructor who you work with in our classes has actually taken the time to learn, study, and pass numerous contractor trade and business exams. You not only get the opportunity to work with an expert test-taker, you get the chance to learn the exact same methods that make over 95% of our students pass this test the very first time, with a reliable “No Pass – No Pay” Guarantee.

At BTES, our trade is your success. Go into your exam totally prepared and on target towards your goal!

For further information, or to register for a class call 1.800.832.2496, or use our contact form and we will get right back to you.

Exam Information

All construction examinations, except Plumbing Contractor, are administered in computer-based testing format. After a candidate has been approved by Professional Testing, Inc., they may schedule to sit for their examination(s) by contacting the department’s examination vendor, Pearson VUE. To locate a Pearson VUE Test Center near you, as well as to check that site’s availability, use this link to view the vendor website for more details:

Admission to the Examination
When registering at the test center, you will be required to have the following items:

Two forms of valid signature identification, one of which is government issued: driver’s license, state identification card, passport or military identification card. Student or employment I.D. cards and photo bearing credit cards are not acceptable as picture bearing identification. Candidates will not be admitted without showing proper identification. Your name and address must match what was submitted on your application.

Download the complete Candidate Information Booklet for the Construction Licensure Examinations.

All examinations are open book and consist of multiple-choice questions. You should be prepared to respond to examination questions on any of the content areas included in the examination content outline. Use the links below to view examination content outlines for various business related construction examinations.

Business & Finance

Building Contractor Business Administration

Building Contractor Project Management

To apply online:
To apply by phone: 407.264.0562

Required Reference Books

State Reference Books

A handful of the reference books below are now defined as “Suggested Study References”.  You may still be tested on material from these textbooks, but these books cannot be taken into the testing room for the Trade exam.

These books include: Walker’s Building Estimator’s Reference Book, Placing Reinforcing Bars, Design & Control of Concrete Mixtures, Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products (GA-216), and Builder’s Guide to Accounting. You will still need the Builder’s Guide to Accounting for your Business & Finance exam however.

  • Walker’s Building Estimator’s Reference Book, 32nd Edition
  • Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, July 2022
  • Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 17th Edition
  • Placing Reinforcing Bars, 10th Edition
  • Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 10th Edition, 2019
  • Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products, GA-216, 2018 Edition
  • Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida, 10th Edition/2020
  • Building Component Safety Information: “Installing and Bracing of Metal Connected Wood Trusses”, 2018
  • Florida Building Code: Building, 2020
  • Florida Building Code: Accessibility, 2020
  • Florida Building Code: Residential, 2020
  • Florida Building Code: Existing Building, 2020
  • Florida Building Code: Energy Conservation, 2020

Business & Finance

  • AIA 201: General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, 2017
  • AIA 401: Standard Form of Agreement between Contractor-Subcontractor, 2017
  • AIA 701: Instructions to Bidders, 2018
  • Builder’s Guide to Accounting, 2001
  • Florida Statutes Chapter 455, 2021
  • Florida Contractor’s Manual, 2021

The examination reference book lists are complete and represent the current information for exams. As always, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the latest reference list and to insure that the books that they have match the list. At BTES, we make every effort to be up-to-date and complete with our materials. But it is always a good idea to verify the accuracy of those materials.

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