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Old 09-17-2007, 09:38 AM   #1
 
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Hey all,

This is my first time on this forum. And I have a question that maybe someone out there can help me. I have a Home Theater Company here in Miami Fl. I understand that I can have a Electrical Contractor as a qualifyer in order to get licensed.

And I'm looking for for a EC to qualify my company. If any one is intrested you can call me @ 786-314-3559 and I'm sure we can come to an agreement. I have a couple projects that I just about to submitt proposals for. And I need to licensed.

Thanks

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Old 09-17-2007, 09:52 AM   #2
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I don't know the requirements in FL, but are you asking about having an electrician use his licence for your company?
It is legal here (called an assigned licence, I think) He would be responsible for the installations you do. He also would not be able to do any other work, so he would be an employee of your company.
It might be easier for you to get your own licence.

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Yeah it's legal here to they called it "the qualifier" sounds like something out of Sylvester Stalone movie. Well anyway I'm working on getting my own license. It's just that I got a couple of big projects and I don't wan't to lose them.
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In Florida, a licensed electrical contractor (EC license, not ER) can qualify up to three businesses, thing is that if you are already qualifying two, you are going to get a lot of questioning by the board as to how can you supervise the work of the third company you are attempting to qualify. If all you do is low voltage, you don't really need someone with an EC license, you could use someone with an EF license, too. Florida has a lot of requirements when applying for an EC or EF license. In addition to the state license, the contractor has to have his/her competency card and insurance information on file with the cities you will be operating in. If you can find a licensed contractor who wants and is able to qualify your company, you will have him/her as an employee (or 1099) of your company.
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I spoke with someone at API and was told that getting someone to qualify you could cost you as much as $5000. I also found out that approx. 95% of LV electricians in Florida are not licensed. The state requires LV electricians to be licensed but the counties don't do a good job enforcing it. One thing I found interesting is that instead of having someone qualify you, you can qualify yourself after being in business for more than one year. This will save you $$!
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I'm a recently certified GC and a friend is asking me to qualify his company. Does this mean I will not be able to do work on my own? Does he have to pay me a monthly fee and a percentage of the jobs he pulls that need permits? Any help would be appreciated.
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I'm a recently certified GC and a friend is asking me to qualify his company. Does this mean I will not be able to do work on my own? Does he have to pay me a monthly fee and a percentage of the jobs he pulls that need permits? Any help would be appreciated.
You would have to check the laws in your jurisdiction, but probably not. 1 license, 1 company. Besides, how can you oversee his work, and do your own? Remember, it is YOUR license, and YOU are the one responsible.
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Actually in Florida you can Qualify up to 3 companies as long as you can prove that you can supervise!!!!! That is not my intention, I plan to do my own work and possibly Qualify another company if I can figure out what is fair to charge! Monthly and Percentage? do you know or have heard of what the norm usaully is? Is there a norm?
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Actually in Florida you can Qualify up to 3 companies as long as you can prove that you can supervise!!!!! That is not my intention, I plan to do my own work and possibly Qualify another company if I can figure out what is fair to charge! Monthly and Percentage? do you know or have heard of what the norm usaully is? Is there a norm?
How could anyone supervise 3 companies?!?
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Hey all,

This is my first time on this forum. And I have a question that maybe someone out there can help me. I have a Home Theater Company here in Miami Fl. I understand that I can have a Electrical Contractor as a qualifyer in order to get licensed.

And I'm looking for for a EC to qualify my company. If any one is intrested you can call me @ 786-314-3559 and I'm sure we can come to an agreement. I have a couple projects that I just about to submitt proposals for. And I need to licensed.

Thanks
If you still need help in qualifying your company reply to this posting.
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I spoke with someone at API and was told that getting someone to qualify you could cost you as much as $5000. I also found out that approx. 95% of LV electricians in Florida are not licensed. The state requires LV electricians to be licensed but the counties don't do a good job enforcing it. One thing I found interesting is that instead of having someone qualify you, you can qualify yourself after being in business for more than one year. This will save you $$!
In Florida you still need to take the test's and pass it to get licensed, as well as having the required experience, Florida doesn't just hand out contractors licenses.
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In Florida you still need to take the test's and pass it to get licensed, as well as having the required experience, Florida doesn't just hand out contractors licenses.

You said that if your in business for a year you can qualify yourself....Please explain..
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There has been a number of wrong postings in regard to this topic. If you want to know the laws, check out Florida Statutes, FS 489 Part II. You can go to the web site myfloridalicense for the right info as well. Or call the board office at 850-488-3109. Doing it wrong can get a licensed person a fine or his license revoked. Unlicensed people or companies using another licensee will get a cease and desist. Violating that will land you in jail. Florida now does a pretty good job of enforcement but needs to have complaints forwarded to them or they can't investigate. They aren't mind readers.
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Just wondering.
If jack has the license and Jack lets Joe use it.Does Joes business name become Jacks?
Who does the customer write the check to?
Who pays the taxes.
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Just wondering.
If jack has the license and Jack lets Joe use it.Does Joes business name become Jacks?
Who does the customer write the check to?
Who pays the taxes.
An answer to your question -- but just for California, I have no clue what goes on in Florida -- but there might be some similarities:

1) You really can't be a sole proprietor and "use" someone else's license. A long time ago I tried that and absolutely no legitimate contractor would go along with it --- Now that I have a couple of licenses myself I know why.

2) To follow the law and use someone else's license, the licensee ( one with the license) will need to be a RMO --responsible managing officer - which means your company is a corporation - You still retain majority ownership and the name. OR, the licensee is a RME - responsible managing employee - You still owner the company and the name -- but now you have things like employee comp, and additional insurance and taxes.

3) In both the instances above, the licensee cannot own and run another firm with his/her license.

4) You can form a Partnership -- but in CA this means a different type of contractors license (ie: partnership). But now you have to think about the agreement you have with the other person as to : Who is the boss, Where does investment money come from and who owns what, Plus who owns the name and what happens when the partnership folds.

As far as CA goes, I would defer to License Guru, who knows more than me.

Some of this may be transferable to Florida contractor law, but with different definitions and titles.

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