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Marine contractors need to be highly skilled in order to compete in today’s economy. Those skills start with hands-on training and diligent hard work. However, all the real world knowledge you have won’t prepare you for the Florida Marine Contractors Licensing Exam. At Building Trades Education Services, we have over 40 years experience helping tradespeople pass the Marine Contractor exam the very first time.

Here is what you can expect after you register for the Marine 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 You will never hear any outdated information, or learn test-taking methods that don’t work.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.

The Course is Already Mapped Out

Follow in the footsteps of thousands of Marine contractors who were once BTES students. Our 95+% pass rate isn’t just some marketing trick. Our students are successful because they took what they learned in the field and in the class room and created thriving businesses.

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.

To apply online:
To apply by phone: 407.264.0562

Required Reference Books

State Reference Books

  • Walker’s Building Estimator’s Reference Book, 32nd Ed.
  • Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, July 2023
  • Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 17th Edition
  • Placing Reinforcing Bars, 10th Edition
  • Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 10th Edition, 2019
  • Damage Prevention Guide, 2018 (includes FL Statute Ch. 556)
  • Dock Manual, Design, Building, Maintaining, 1999
  • Timber Pile Design & Construction Manual, 2016
  • Florida Building Code: Building, 2023
  • Florida Building Code: Accessibility, 2023

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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