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Glass & Glazing License Information

Currently, there is a voluntary statewide licensing for Glass and Glazing Specialty Contractors. SEGA was instrumental in the development of this rule which established a voluntary license for specialty contractors in the glass and glazing industry. SEGA first approached the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) in November 2002 with the issue of establishing a voluntary license for the glass industry. SEGA then petitioned the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) and was successful with the development of a rule which was finalized in June 2003. The first glass and glazing specialty contractor exam was given in October 2003.
 
The state certification (licensure) for glass and glazing contractors is for both residential and commercial applications without any height restrictions. The scope of work is limited to the installation and attachment of all types of windows and glass, whether fixed or movable; installation of swinging or sliding glass doors to existing walls, floors, columns or other structural members of the building; installation of glass holding or supporting mullions or horizontal bars which are attached to existing building walls, floors, columns or other structural members of the building and cutting and installation of glass and mirrors. A glass and glazing contractor may also install prefabricated glass, metal or plastic curtain walls or panels, caulking incidental to such work and assembly and installation of shower and tub enclosures and metal fascias.
 
The license is statewide and is issued to an individual as in other construction trades. If you have more than one location, one person can license multiple branches, but it is recommended that a person at each branch location be licensed, especially if the branches are located a substantial geographical distance from the headquarters.

Becoming a statewide licensed glass and glazing specialty contractor will give you the benefit of not having to take tests in other cities and counties that you perform work in. This license will be accepted by all cities and counties in Florida.

Certification Examination for Glass and Glazing Specialty Contractor


Areas of Competency. The Certification Examination shall consist of a two part test.
 
Part one of the test shall consist of questions to the business and financial management of a contracting firm. The content areas to be covered and the approximate weights to be assigned to said areas are set forth in Rule 61G4–16.00(19), F.A.C.
 
Part two of the test shall consist of questions relating to general knowledge of the glass and glazing trade. The content areas to be covered and the approximate weights to be assigned to said areas shall be as follows:
 
a. 35% Preconstruction Activities
b. 20% Fabricating Product
c. 5% Transporting Product
d. 35% Installing Product
e. 5% Servicing Product
 
For purpose of this rule, Product is defined as curtain walls, decorative glass and glazing, glass and aluminum doors, glass, glass floors, glass railings, interior glass and glazing, mirrors, overhead glazing, panels and miscellaneous metals, shower doors, store fronts, structural glass (frameless) and windows.

How to Become a Certified Glass and Glazing Specialty Contractor


Step 1: Pass the examination.
Candidates must contact Professional Testing, Inc. (PTI) directly at www.proftesting.com or call (407) 264–2993 to access an examination application and instructions. PTI develops, administers and maintains licensure and certification examination programs.

STEP 2:  Construction Industry Licensing Board Examination Fees Restructured: As of November 15, 2008, examination fees were restructured as follows:
Business & Finance plus Trade Knowledge or Contract Administration/Project Management:
 

- $135.00 examination development and application fee payable to PTI
- You can pay the total fee of $215.00 ($135.00 to PTI and $80.00 to DBPR for exam administration).
- $80.00 examination administration fee payable to DBPR, but mailed to PTI, if you are using a check
- $80.00 examination administration fee payable to Pearson VUE when you schedule your exam for Business
  and Finance.
- $295.00 total

To schedule the computer based Business and Finance examination, you must wait 20 days after submitting your application with PTI before calling (888) 204-6230.

Use this link to view the vendor’s website to locate a Pearson VUE Test Center near you, as well as to check that site’s availability.

STEP 3:  Electronic Fingerprinting
Chapter 489.115(9) states that an initial applicant shall submit, along with the application, a complete set of fingerprints to the department. The fingerprints shall be submitted to the Department of Law Enforcement for state processing, and the Department of Law Enforcement shall forward them to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for national processing for the purpose of determining if the applicant has a criminal history record. The department shall and the board may review the background results to determine if an applicant meets licensure requirements. The cost for the fingerprint processing shall be borne by the person subject to the background screening. These fees are to be collected by the authorized agencies or vendors. The authorized agencies or vendors are responsible for paying the processing costs to the Department of Law Enforcement.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation accepts electronic fingerprinting service offered by Livescan device vendors that are approved by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and listed at their site. You can view the vendor options and contact information at Livescan Device Vendors List.

Step 4: Apply to the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) for licensure.
Detailed information and the Application for Initial Certification are available at the Construction Industry Licensing Board's (CILB) homepage. Go to www.myfloridalicense.com. In the drop down box titled more information for . . ., choose Professions. Then on the left–hand side of the page choose Construction Industry. Information is also available by calling DBPR at (850) 487–1395.

Next Exam

Glass and glazing exams are only given three times a year in February, June and October. The dates and locations of the examinations are available online at http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/servop/testing/exam.html. Florida Statute requires that individuals must sign up to take the examination 30 days prior to the examination date. It is highly recommend that individuals contact Professional Testing, Inc. (PTI) as soon as possible to reserve their seat. Please register early. Do not wait until the deadline to apply! Sites have been filling up and once all test sites are full, candidates will be moved to the next examination date. Completed applications and accompanying fees must be received by PTI 30 days prior to the examination date to be considered. The Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) tests ALL construction categories, and this is the reason it is important to reserve a seat as early as possible.

In order to reserve a seat for testing, individuals must go to Professional Testing, Inc.'s website at www.proftesting.com for testing locations, costs, times, etc. For upcoming exam dates click here. Reserve your seat as soon as possible. Seating for the testing dates is limited.

In order to reserve a seat for testing, individuals must go to Professional Testing, Inc.'s website at www.proftesting.com for testing locations, costs, times, etc. For upcoming exam dates click here. Reserve your seat as soon as possible. Seating for the testing dates is limited.

Other Pertinent Information

Obtain materials related to the examination such as the Candidate Information Brochure, Reference Lists, Examination Content Information. You may request forms and informational booklets and brochures to be mailed by calling the Department of Business and Professional.

The following link http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/forms.html will take you to the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) website where you can find additional information including a list of schools and bookstores. There is also a section on exam information that you may find easier to follow and understand than the Florida Statutes. One suggested prep school is Contractors Institute at (877) 542-3673 or check out their website at http://www.contractorsinstitute.com/. One suggested book store is Contractors Library at (877) 542-3673 or check out their website at http://www.contractorslibrary.com/.

You have two years after the first attempt to pass all parts of the examination. Your two year examination period begins with your first scheduled examination date. If you fail to appear for your scheduled examination, you will be considered a 'No Show' and your exam status will be a 'Fail'. A candidate may only attempt to pass the examination six times within a two-year period.

After an unsuccessful attempt, the candidate is required to complete a retake application with PTI, pay the examination development fee of $135.00 to PTI and pay the examination administration fee of $80.00 to Pearson Vue when rescheduling. There is a 21-day waiting period between successive attempts.

Once you have passed all parts of the examination, you can obtain and complete a Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) application for license. You must apply within for licensure with the CILB four years after you have passed the examination. Be sure you meet all the requirements for a license. You will not be granted a license if you do not meet all the qualifications, even if you pass the examination. License application forms and instructions are available online at http://myflorida.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/cilb_index.shtml. For questions relating to a license, you must contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Customer Contact Center at (850) 487-1395 or e-mail to Call.Center@dbpr.state.fl.us.

Licensure by Examination

The following are sections of Florida Law that pertain to the definition of a glass and glazing contractor and the experience/education requirements for an individual to be eligible for licensure.

489.111 Licensure by examination.—

(1) Any person who desires to be certified shall apply to the department in writing.

(2) A person shall be eligible for licensure by examination if the person:

(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 received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited 4-year college in the appropriate field of engineering, architecture, or building construction and has 1 year of proven experience in the category in which the person seeks to qualify. For the purpose of this part, a minimum of 2,000 person-hours shall be used in determining full-time equivalency.

2.   Has a total of at least 4 years of active experience as a worker who has learned the trade by serving an apprenticeship as a skilled worker who is able to command the rate of a mechanic in the particular trade or as a foreman who is in charge of a group of workers and usually is responsible to a superintendent or a contractor or his or her equivalent, provided, however, that at least 1 year of active experience shall be as a foreman.

3.   Has a combination of not less than 1 year of experience as a foreman and not less than 3 years of credits for any accredited college-level courses; has a combination of not less than 1 year of experience as a skilled worker, 1 year of experience as a foreman, and not less than 2 years of credits for any accredited college-level courses; or has a combination of not less than 2 years of experience as a skilled worker, 1 year of experience as a foreman, and not less than 1 year of credits for any accredited college-level courses. All junior college or community college-level courses shall be considered accredited college-level courses.

Prep Course

To date, SEGA has not scheduled a Glass and Glazing Preparation Class. If you are interested in attending a Preparation Class, please contact the SEGA office at (407) 831–7342.


 

 
   
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