CONSTRUCTION TRADES QUALIFYING BOARD
The Construction Trades Qualifying Board (Board) administers the Construction Industry Trades Regulations as set forth in Chapters 62 and 342 of the Ordinance Code. Under the authority of Chapter 62, the Board is comprised of 14 members (3 citizen members, 1 architect, 1 engineer and 9 construction-industry representatives–membership list attached.) The members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Council.
The Board, acting under the authority of Chapters 62 and 342, M.O., is charged with the responsibility of protecting the citizens of the City of Jacksonville from unscrupulous or incompetent members of the construction industry. The Board ensures that the members of the construction industry working the fields of general, building, residential, roofing, pool, sheet metal, electrical, heating/air-conditioning/refrigeration, plumbing, water treatment installations, irrigation, natural gas, pool sub-contractors and carpentry sub-contractors meet the competency, financial responsibility, credit and insurance threshold qualifications established under both City Ordinance and state law.
The Board, acting as a quasi-judicial body when hearing an administrative complaint brought by the the City's Building Inspection Division, is empowered to issue a letter of reprimand or guidance, suspend or revoke a license, order a period of probation, order payment of fines and restitution if the Board determines a violation of either Chapter 342 M.O., or Chapter 489, Parts I&II, F.S., has occurred.
The Board provides for the preparation, administration and grading of professional licensure examinations over 18 times per year in the construction industry trades categories it regulates. These examinations, provided by the Board's professional testing vendor and at no cost to the City, ensure the threshold trade and business competency qualifications are met.
The Board seeks to educate the public as to the dangers of hiring unlicensed contractors and the legal and actual consequences of doing so. To facilitate this, the Board and its Executive Director, interact with various consumer groups, the Construction Licensing Officials Association of Florida, the National Association of State Contractor's Licensing Agencies and various local and state construction industry trade associations.
The Board seeks to promote a professional working relationship with the Administration, the Council, other City agencies, the Legislature, State agencies and construction industry professional trade associations. The Executive Director serves as a registered lobbyist for both the City and the Board. In that capacity the Executive Director represents their interests on construction and building and zoning issues before the Executive and Legislative Branches of Florida's government.