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GC test was harder than the test to become a Nuclear Propulsion rating in the US Navy.
I passed the test but did not get the license. I decided I did not want to deal with the aggravation and added costs for insurance. Was only getting it for an employer anyway becasue they were paying for it.
I would recommend the Palm Construction School in Orlando. They were a great help with the exam prep. Total cost for books is about $1,000 and the classes are about the same. With testing fees the total is between $2,500 and $3,000. Then you have to pay application fees.
I would very highly recommend hiring a specialist to fill out the application and submitting it for you. Cost is between $300 and $1,000 and means the difference between having the application approved the first time and and having it approved to fifth time, if ever.
Kind of like not hiring a lawyer to represent you. You can do it yourself, but the odds are you will get it wrong the first few times.
Total cost is between $3,000 and $4,000. Then you qualify to go spend a big bag of money on insurance and start a lifetime regime of antacids and ibubrofen.
No license is needed for general P&P work, but is for roofing, plumbing, electrical, A/C, and anything that changes or effects a buildings structural components in any way.
You can change an outlet or cover, but not install a a new one and pull the wire.
You can change out the toilet or sink, but not pipe a new one from scratch.
You can install new A/C register and filters, but not change out sections of duct or install new ones.
You can repair a few shingles (typically up to 1 square), but you cannot do a reroof. I avoid roofing altogether because the definition of how much work is too much without a license varies from one code enforcement officer and another.
You can change out a door and frame, but you cannot cut in a new one.
Florida is good about about heavy fines and go to jail if you are not in compliance with licensing.
When in doubt I contact the local building department and ask for clarification.
If you do move here let me know and I will help you out with what I can.