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Old 05-27-2009 - What services require a license in Florida? - Licensing - Voltage Talk forum
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Electrical and alarm contractors

An Electrical Contractor installs, repairs, alters, adds to, or designs electrical wiring, fixtures, or appliances, which generate, transmit, transform, or utilize electrical energy for compensation. An alarm contractor lays out, fabricates, installs, maintains, alters, repairs, monitors, inspects, replaces, or services alarm systems for compensation. Examples of compensation are cash, goods, services, etc. If you pay someone to perform even the simplest of electrical work, such as connecting two wires, you must hire a licensee.

These items are offered as examples of services you do need to hire a person with a Florida license and services you do not need to hire a person with a Florida license. The list is not all inclusive. If you have specific questions, please contact the department at 850.487.1395 or review the rules for the profession at www.myfloridalicense.com. You should also check with your county or city to learn whether or not a local occupational license is required for services that do not require a state license.

Needs a License - Install or monitor alarms systems

Needs a License - Install low voltage landscape lighting
Does Not Need A License - Install solar powered landscape lighting

Needs a License -Install ceiling fans and light fixtures
Does Not Need A License - Change the light bulbs in fixtures

Needs a License - Install or replace electric outlets/switches
Does Not Need A License - Change the cover plates on outlets

Needs a License - Set up home theater components with wiring
Does Not Need A License - Set up home theater components (excluding wiring)

Needs a License - Install cable or satellite television wiring
Does Not Need A License - Hang a flat screen TV on a wall

Needs a License - Install computer network wiring
Does Not Need A License - Set up wireless computer networks


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Old 05-29-2009 - What services require a license in Florida? - Licensing - Voltage Talk forum
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THE FOLLOWING LICENSE CATEGORIES ARE AUTHORIZED TO INSTALL ALARM SYSTEMS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA

EC: Certified Electrical Contractor. This person has taken the state certified unlimited electrical exam and is allowed to contract anywhere in the state for any electrical system, including any alarm system and all specialty categories.

EF: Certified Alarm Systems Contractor I. This person has taken the state certified alarm system contractor I exam and is allowed to contract anywhere in the state for any alarm system or low voltage system.

EH/EI: Registered Alarm System Contractor I & II. The EH and EI license were issued under the provisions of Chapter 489.537, Florida Statutes, addressing contract work provided for the state or any county or municipality, prior to the change in the statutory language made in the 1994 legislative session. These license categories are being phased out and the ECLB stopped accepting any new applications for licensure under these provisions on January 1, 1995. Persons with an EH or EI license have a local competency card or occupational license for alarm system contracting which he/she has registered with the ECLB. He/she is allowed to contract for any alarm system or low voltage system in the jurisdiction where he/she has a local competency card or occupation license which has been registered with the ECLB.

EG: Certified Alarm System Contractor II. This person has taken the state certified alarm system contractor II exam and is allowed to contract anywhere in the state for any alarm system or low voltage system, excluding fire alarm systems.

EZ: Registered Alarm System Contractor II. This person has a local competency card or occupational license for alarm system contracting which he/she has registered with the ECLB. He/she is allowed to contract for any alarm system or low voltage system, excluding fire alarm systems, in the jurisdiction where he/she has a local competency card or occupational license which has been registered with the ECLB.
This license was formerly known as a "Limited Alarm System Contractor II", but due to legislative changes made in 1994, the 5,000 square foot limitation has been removed. All applicants for this license must file evidence of holding a current occupational license or a competency card for the type of work for which registration is desired, together with evidence of having passed an appropriate local examination. In the case of a local jurisdiction that does not issue a local license as an alarm system contractor or does not require an examination, the applicant may show that he has scored at least 75% on an examination which is substantially equivalent to the examination approved by the ECLB and has at least 3 years of technical experience in the trade. The ECLB has approved Block & Associates (904-373-8421) as the provider for the alarm examinations.

EY: Registered Alarm System Contractor I: This person has a local competency card or occupational license for alarm system contracting which he/she has registered with the ECLB. He/she is allowed to contract for any alarm system or low voltage system in the jurisdiction where he/she has a local competency card or occupational license which has been registered with the ECLB.
This license was formerly known as a "Limited Alarm System Contractor I", but due to legislative changes made in 1994, the 5,000 square foot limitation has been removed. All applicants for this license must file evidence of holding a current occupational license or a competency card for the type of work for which registration is desired, together with evidence of having passed an appropriate local examination. In the case of a local jurisdiction that does not issue a local license as an alarm system contractor or does not require an examination, the applicant may show that he has scored at least 75% on an examination which is substantially equivalent to the examination approved by the ECLB and has at least 3 years of technical experience in the trade. The ECLB has approved Block & Associates (904-373-8421) as the provider for the alarm examinations.

EJ: Registered Residential Alarm System Contractor. This person has a local competency card or occupational license for alarm system contracting which he/she has registered with the ECLB. He/she is allowed to contract for burglar alarm systems in single family residential, quadruplex housing, and mobile homes and to fire equipment adjacent to or in the elevator shaft or designated construction area.

THE FOLLOWING LICENSE CATEGORIES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO INSTALL ALARM SYSTEMS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA

ER: Registered Electrical Contractor. This person has a local competency card or occupational license for electrical contracting which he/she has registered with the ECLB. He/she is only allowed to contract for electrical systems (no alarm systems) in the jurisdiction where he/she has a local competency card or occupational license which has been registered with the ECLB.

ES: Certified Specialty Electrical Contractor. This person has taken the state certified exam in the specialty category indicated on the license and is allowed to contract in the specialty category indicated on the license anywhere in the state. ( See special certificates below.)

ET: Registered Specialty Electrical Contractor. This person has a local competency card or occupational license for the specialty category indicated on the license which he/she has registered with the ECLB. He/she is allowed to contract, in the specialty category indicated on the license, in the jurisdiction where he/she has a local competency card or occupational license which has been registered with the ECLB.
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