A licensed person has the required education, experience, insurance and qualifications to obtain a license.
They must pass a competency examination before practicing.
Licensed individuals are screened for prior criminal history.
The department can discipline and even revoke a license if the person does not live up to professional standards. This is a not a total safeguard, but is a strong incentive for the licensee to do good work.
You may be able to sue the licensee in civil court for problems related to the work done.
Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed Person
Unlicensed persons typically do not have the education, insurance, or qualification required of a licensee.
Possible criminal background.
Unlicensed persons often have criminal backgrounds that may include fraud, theft, violent crime, sexual offenses, and substance abuse.
Effective: July 1, 2010
Mold Related Services
Florida Law requires Mold Assessors to be licensed by the DBPR. Florida Law requires Mold Remediators to be licensed by the DBPR.
Florida Law requires Home Inspectors to be licensed by the DBPR
Example: Home Inspector License Does NOT Qualify as Mold Assessor License.
(Chapter 468, Part XVI of the Florida Statutes and Rule 61-31 of the Florida Administrative Code.)
Florida Law effective: July 1, 2010
Licensed Contractors that represent themselves as Home Inspectors or
Mold Assessors or Mold Remediators must be licensed for that service.
Licensed Contractors and the New Mold Law:
Contractors licensed under Chapter 489, Part I, Florida Statutes, will be able to perform mold assessment or remediation that is within the scope of their license. But contractors will not be able to represent themselves as mold assessors or remediators without the proper license.
Licensed Contractors and the New Home Inspection law:
Contractors may conduct system specific inspections on those building systems and components included within their scope of work. However, House Bill 713 defines "home inspection services" as a visual inspection of all of the systems and components of a home; including AC, plumbing, structural, etc. System specific inspections of just one system or component will not require a Home Inspectors license. However, if a contractor wishes to conduct "home inspections" or advertise "home inspection" services, he or she must obtain a home inspector's license.