The Florida State license Info on the Mike Holt page is missing half of what you need to qualify. Here is what you need just to sit for the exam, you will also need to show a net worth of $25,000 with at least $10,000 of that in cash :
To qualify for the exam the Board requires for a certificate, you need to fulfill one of the following requirements:
at least three years of management experience in the trade within the last six years (half can be an approved education) at least four years of experience as a foreman , supervisor, or contractor in the trade within the past eight years at least six years of comprehensive training, technical education, or broad experience with electrical or alarm system installation or service within the past twelve years three years as a licensed engineer
The exam is open book on three subjects -- general business, technical knowledge, and safety. Here's the information on each type of certificate and the percentage of the exam that's devoted to each subject:
Certificate Type Unlimited Electrical Contractor # of Questions General theory and principles 19 - 21 Plan and specification reading and interpretation 7 - 9 Wiring and protection 12 - 14 Wiring methods and materials 11 - 13 Special occupancies and situations 12 - 14 OSHA, safety, testing procedure, tool and equipment use 9 - 11 Americans with Disabilities Act, life safety 4 - 6 Electrical signs, outline lighting and structural considerations 3 - 5 Alarms and limited energy 14 - 16 Maintaining cash flow 6 - 8 Estimating and bidding 5 - 7 Interpretation of contracts and agreements 4 - 6 Purchasing control 0 - 2 Contract scheduling 2 - 4 Obtaining insurance and bonding 4 - 6 Complying with contracting laws and rules 5 - 7 Personnel management 1 - 3 Complying with payroll and sales tax laws 6 - 8 Interpretation of financial statements and reports 4 - 6 Management accounting 1 - 4
It is an open book exam with 14 books all of which are at least 300 pages and some closer to 1000. Technical questions include Fire Alarm systems and troubleshooting, Neon sign manufacture, Burglar alarms, Life safety code, OSHA regualtions,Telecommunications systems and troubleshooting,Fire alarm code, concrete mixture control. It is 100 questions with a time limit of 5 hours = 3 minutes per question.
The business portion is 50 questions @ 3 minutes per question. They range from Payroll taxes, Financial statements and accounting, Lien Law,Workmans comp law etc.
Last I heard about a County level Journeymans license from Palm beach it was 4 years and you had to show your W-2's as proof as well as a notarized statement from each employer you worked for to document your time