Trade Knowledge
Exam Prep Course


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The Trade Knowledge examination consists of two different tests, administered in the same day, one in the morning – Contract Administration – the second one – Project Management – takes place in the afternoon. The tests are independent from each other, meaning the student may pass either one of them, and only the failed test will be re-taken. The Contract Administration portion of the examination will be administered in the morning of the second day of the examination. The examination will consist of 60 equally weighted questions covering the management and operation activities of a construction company. The Project Management portion of the examination will be administered in the afternoon session on the second day of the examination. The examination will consist of 60 equally weighted questions covering managing, controlling, and conducting a specific project. The student should be prepared to respond to examination questions on any of the content areas listed. Questions asked and content areas tested on previous examinations should not be assumed to be the only possible questions to be asked or content areas to be tested on this examination. The examination will have questions relating to the following content areas and necessary knowledge of each area includes:

  • Reading and interpreting plans and specifications
  • Reading and interpreting codes
  • Basic mathematics – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, calculation of area and volume, fractions, decimals, percentages, calculating the sides of triangles, square roots, powers of numbers, and solving simple algebraic equations for unknown variables.

The percentage of questions shown for each content area may vary by as much as plus or minus three (3) percent.

  1. Contract Administration
    1. Preconstruction Activities 27%
  2. Preparing cost-estimates
  • Knowledge of cost-estimates in bidding estimate using take-offs
  • Knowledge of material estimating and costing
  • Knowledge of equipment estimating and costing
  • Knowledge of overhead costs
  • Knowledge of contract requirements
  1. Obtaining and evaluating bids
  • Knowledge of estimates from subcontractors and suppliers
  • Knowledge of unit price and lump sum methods for bids
  • Check bid specifications for completeness
  • Knowledge of general specifications
  • Knowledge of plans
  • Knowledge of site and codes
  • Determine proper bid by calculating margins of profit
  • Knowledge of calculating profit
  • Knowledge of fixed and variable costs
  • Knowledge of profitability break-even point
  1. Estimating using systems approach (square foot method)
  • Ability to figure overall job costs
  • Ability to interpret charts for square foot estimating
  1. Understanding penalties and contingencies
    1. Project Contracts 40%
  2. Types of contracts
  • Lump sum
  • Cost plus
  • Guaranteed maximum price
  • Unit cost
  1. Form of contract and legal issues
  • Knowledge of general conditions for contracts
  • Knowledge of supplemental general conditions for contracts
  • Knowledge of special conditions for contracts
  • Knowledge of specifications for contracts
  • Knowledge of lien laws
  1. Developing subcontracts
  • Knowledge of contract law
  • Knowledge of work orders
  • Knowledge of monitoring subcontracts
  • Knowledge of contract documents (e.g., addenda)
  1. Contract amendments
  • Knowledge of change orders
  • Knowledge of authorizations (e.g., field orders)
  • Knowledge of change directives
  1. Payment issues
  • Knowledge of payment methods
  • Knowledge of payment procedures
  • Knowledge of payment schedules
  • Knowledge of schedule of values
  • Knowledge of payment for onsite/offsite material storage
  • Knowledge of partial release of lien
  • Knowledge of interior punch list
  1. Contract Closeout
  • Knowledge of the concept of and what constitutes substantial completion
  • Knowledge of release of retainage funds
  • Knowledge of warranties
  • Knowledge of final release of lien
  • Knowledge of final punch lists and their relationship to contract documents
    1. Obtaining Licenses, Permits and Approvals 20%
  1. Identifying activities which do and do not require permits
  • Knowledge of licenses required for different work activities
  1. Obtaining permits
  • Knowledge of local requirements
  • Knowledge of kinds available
  • Knowledge of permit qualifiers
  • Knowledge of exemptions from inspections, permits, and approvals
  1. Arranging for inspections
  • Knowledge of local requirements
  • Knowledge of proper sequence of inspections
  • Knowledge of special inspections (e.g., threshold, environmental, plumbing)
    1. Construction Procedures and Operations 13%
  1. Construction scheduling
  • Knowledge of follow-up with suppliers (submittals)
  • Knowledge of time for architect and engineer to approval submittals
  • Knowledge of shipping, scheduling, deliveries, storage, and lead times
  • Knowledge of flow charts, Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Knowledge of progress, predictions (i.e., look ahead), deficiencies in scheduling
  1. Coordinating construction activities
  • Knowledge of subcontractor meetings
  • Knowledge of daily logs for subcontractors and contractors
  • Knowledge of scheduling personnel and contractors
  • Knowledge of scheduling subcontractors and suppliers
  • Knowledge of safety meetings
  • Knowledge of inventory controls

                                                                                           Total Percentage: 100%

    1. Construction Methods, Materials, Tools and Equipment 67%
  2. Site layout
  • Construction layout
  • Benchmarks
  • Elevations
  • Setbacks
  • Site plan interpretation and knowledge
  1. Soil conditions
  • Types and characteristics of soils
  • Compaction
  • Density
  • Proctor
  • Moisture content
  • Knowledge of soil reports, soil test results
  • Knowledge of appropriate foundation types given soil conditions
  1. Characteristics and uses of survey instruments
  • Builder’s level
  • Transit and theodolite
  • Water bubble
  • String line
  • Laser level
  1. Concrete
  • Knowledge of shoring
  • Knowledge of formwork including terminology and techniques
  • Knowledge of loads (e.g., volume, pressure)
  • Knowledge of systems and methods for concrete
  • Footings
  • Piles and pile caps
  • Placing slabs and decks
  • Columns
  • Walls
  • Knowledge of proper forming practices, bracing and erection
  • Knowledge of concrete reinforcement
  • Knowledge of quality control related to concrete
  1. Masonry
  • Knowledge of erection and bracing
  • Knowledge of masonry materials and handling
  • Knowledge of quality control related to masonry
  1. Earth-work
  • Knowledge of excavations
  • Cut and fill calculations
  • Calculating excavations and grades
  • Trenching
  • Preparation of site for foundation
  • Angle of repose
  • Soil compaction
  • Knowledge of sheeting, shoring for excavations and dewatering
  • Knowledge of erosion control
  • Knowledge of quality control related to earth-work


  1. Wood framing
  • Knowledge of truss erection and bracing
  • Knowledge of rafters, floor joists and studs
  • Knowledge of and ability to use span tables
  • Knowledge of wind loads and fasteners
  • Knowledge of roofing and materials
  1. Steel framing
  • Knowledge of erection and bracing techniques
  • Knowledge of metal studs, beams, columns and bar joists
  • Knowledge of painting and fire protection of steel framing
  • Knowledge of welding and connections of steel framing
  1. Energy efficient construction
  • Knowledge of R-values
  • Knowledge pertaining to energy efficiency
  1. Miscellaneous materials
  • Knowledge of gypsum materials and methods
  • Knowledge of plaster materials and methods
  1. Other Tools
  2. Other Equipment
    1. Safety 13%
  3. Compliance with OSHA standards
  • Knowledge of site layout
  • Knowledge of soil conditions
  • Knowledge of shoring for concrete
  • Knowledge of bracing and erection
  • Knowledge of earth-work
  • Knowledge of form work for concrete
  • Knowledge of framing
  • Knowledge of scaffolding
  • Knowledge of trench safety
  • Knowledge of ground fault interruption
  • Knowledge of record keeping
  • Knowledge of fall protection
  • Knowledge of other OSHA regulations
  1. Other safety standards and practices
  • Knowledge of asbestos
  • Knowledge of lead paint
  • Knowledge of hazardous waste disposal


  1. Reading Plans and Specifications 20%
  1. Reading blueprints
  • Ability to read and understand plans and drawings
  • Basic math skills and calculations associated with reading blueprints
  • Knowledge of architectural and engineering symbols
  1. Interpreting construction codes and standards
  • Ability to read, understand, and apply codes and standards including building codes
  • Knowledge of ADA requirements
  1. Shop drawings and submittals
  • Ability to understand technical concepts
  • Product knowledge
  • Blueprint reading and interpretation (e.g., clearances, support clearances, openings)

                                                                                           Total Percentage: 100%

Books allowed for the tests

R5       AIA-A201 – General Conditions of the Contract for Construction – 2007

R6       AIA-A401 – Standard Form of Agreement between Contractor-Subcontractor – 2007

R7       AIA-A701 – Instructions to Bidders – 1997

R8       AIA-G701 – Change Order – 2001

R9       AIA-G702 – Application and Certificate of Payment – 1992

R10     AIA-G703 – Continuation Sheet – 1992

R11     AIA-G706A – Contractor’s Affidavit of Release of Liens – 1994

R37     Builder’s Guide to Accounting – 2006

R38     Building Estimator’s Reference Book – Walker’s – 29th Edition

R46     Code of Federal Regulations (OSHA) 29 Part 1926

R50     Contractors Manual – 2013 (which includes the 2012 Circular E)

R52     Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures – 15th Edition

R83     Placing Reinforcing Bars – 9th Edition

R85     Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction – 9th Edition

R87     Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products, GA-216 – 2013 Edition

R140   Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida – 2012

R247   BCSI-ED2-D “Guide to Good Practices for Handling, Installing and Bracing of Metal Connected Wood Trusses” – 2006 Edition with 2011 updates

R200   Florida Building Code – Building – 2010

R203   Florida Building Code – Accessibility – 2010

R250   Florida Building Code – Residential – 2010

R251   Florida Building Code – Existing Building – 2010

R252   Florida Building Code – Energy Conservation – 2010

In addition to the books specified above by the state of Florida for the exam, Florida Licenses and Corporations, Inc., offers our Work Book, this book will show the student most of the most important articles to be considered in all of the above state approved books. The school also offers their students the Construction Calculator and the approved Tabs to place in the different reference books.

Our Study Workbook is not one of the books allowed to bring into the examination room.

This course is offered in English every Thursday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and in Spanish it is offered twice a month on Saturdays starting at 8:30 AM thru 12:30 PM. The classroom instructions conducted on Saturdays for the Trade Knowledge and the Business and Financial examinations will cover all materials necessary to pass the state exams in a period of 13 classes.

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