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Today’s emerging green economy is increasing the demand for solar contractors. Licensed solar contractors are hired for various jobs. Florida solar contractors are licensed to install, maintain, and repair solar pool heating systems, solar hot water systems, and photovoltaic systems in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities.

What are the requirements to obtain a Florida solar contractor license?

Florida requires aspiring contractors to have four years of experience (either in the field or through education, with at least one year in a supervisory role). In addition to the four years of experience, an aspiring contractor must pass the Florida Solar Contractors licensing exam.

What can you expect from BTES Solar Contractors Licensing Exam Prep classes?

Here is what you can expect after you register for the 3 day (1 days trade / 2 days business) Solar 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.

Who teaches the class? Our instructors know the Florida Contractor exams inside and out. By taking the exams themselves, our instructors have an edge that we pass onto you. You will never hear any outdated information, or learn test-taking methods that don’t work. By taking our course, you give yourself the best chance to learn and pass your Contractors exams.

If you want to take your business to new heights, getting your Solar contractor’s license is a great choice. Choosing Building Trades Education Services to help you prepare for the Florida Solar licensing exam is a surefire way to ensure you complete all the state requirements.

You can depend on Building Trades Education Services to give you everything you need to successfully maintain and renew your State License. For further information, or to register for a class call 800.832.2496, or use the BTES contact form and we will get right back to you.


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: https://home.pearsonvue.com/fl/construction

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.

To apply online: http://www.floridaexam.com/
To apply by phone: 407.264.0562

Required Reference Books

State Solar Books

  • Walker’s Building Estimator’s Reference Book, 32nd Ed.
  • Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, January 2020
  • National Electric Code Handbook, 2017
  • Photovoltaic System Design (Course Manual), 2nd Edition, 1999
  • Solar Thermal Manual: Solar Water & Pool Heating Manual, 2006
  • Solar Construction Safety by Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association, 2006
  • Photovoltaic Systems, 3rd Edition, 2012
  • The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof System, 2019/2022
  • The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems, 2020
  • The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems, 2021
  • Florida Building Code: Plumbing, 2020
  • Florida Building Code: Residential, 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 Contractors 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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