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Why I am not a Florida Licensed Contractor

In the state of Florida one of the requirements for a contractors license is verifiable work experience working  for  a contractor for at least three years.  I have never worked for a contractor, and while I thought it might be possible to get around that requirement when I took the tests, it looks like I will never be able to get the license because I won’t be closing our business and going to work for someone else.  I have other certifications; Airframe and Powerplant FAA Certificates, Bachelor’s in Education, ASE (automotive) Master Mechanic, USCG Captain’s License and others, none of which count (nor should they).  I do have 16 years experience working with wind and solar systems, mostly on cruising sailboats.  I have attended various manufacturer’s seminars, including UniRac, Xantrex, Outback,  Sharp, Sanyo, SMA, Morningstar, Southwest Windpower, and others. I stay in touch with new developments and give seminars on “Solar for Your Home”. (Nothing like lecturing in front of a bunch of people to motivate you to know what you are talking about!)  Historically, there have been rebates offered from the State of Florida, the federal government, and from Progress Energy. In order for your solar system to qualify for the  rebate, you will have to show that the system was installed by a licensed electrical or solar contractor.    I have contractors I work with who can do the installation.