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Division of Professions

The Division of Professions is responsible for the licensing of over 456,000 professionals. These professions include architects and interior designers, asbestos consultants, athlete agents, auctioneers, barbers, building code administrators and inspectors, community association managers, construction contractors, cosmetology, electrical contractors, employee leasing companies, geologists, home inspectors, landscape architects, mold assessors and remediators, pilot commissioners, and veterinarians. Five Executive Directors oversee the professional boards. The Board Executive Director serves as a liaison between the board and the department and is responsible for ensuring the effective operation of board meetings and board business. Housed within the Division is the Bureau of Education and Testing and the Florida Building Commission.  For licensing and application information, please visit the individual board pages.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation provides administrative support to 12 professional boards, the Community Association Managers Council, the Florida State Boxing Commission and Florida Real Estate Commission.  Hereafter, they will be referred to as “boards”.

The boards consist of Governor-appointed members.  In general, these boards are responsible for the licensure of applicants, promulgation of rules, and licensee discipline, which can include fines, continuing education, probation, license suspension, license revocation, and, in some cases, payment for a loss or financial injury.

The department provides administrative support to these boards.  All boards have executive directors who serve as liaisons between the department and the boards to ensure appropriate performance of board support functions, including licensure processing, administration of education and testing, and processing and investigation of disciplinary complaints.

The following professions have boards and executive directors:

  • Accountancy
  • *Architecture and Interior Design
  • Auctioneers
  • Barbers
  • Boxing Commission
  • Building Code Administrators & Inspectors
  • Community Association Managers
  • Construction Industry Licensing Board
  • Cosmetology
  • Electrical Contractors
  • Employee Leasing Companies
  • **Engineering
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Pilot Commissioners
  • Geology
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board
  • Florida Real Estate Commission

*Architecture and Interior Design

Per authority provided by the Florida Legislature, the Board of Architecture & Interior Design manages a contract with the law firm of Smith, Thompson, Shaw and Manausa, P.A. for the investigative and prosecutorial services, including unlicensed activity.

**Engineers

The Florida Board of Professional Engineers regulates professional engineers. Per authority provided by the Florida Legislature, Florida Engineers Management Corporation (FEMC) is a private entity responsible for administrative, licensing, education and testing, and legal services.

If you wish to file a complaint against an engineer, you should access the Florida Board of Professional Engineers website at https://www.fbpe.org/index.php/legal/complaints.

The following professions do not have professional boards, and the department fulfills all statutorily required functions:

  • Asbestos
  • Athlete Agents
  • Home Inspectors
  • Mold-Related Services
  • Talent Agencies
  • Child Labor
  • Farm Labor
  • Labor Organizations

For more information on professional boards, including upcoming board meetings, minutes and agendas, please visit each profession’s web page.

The Division of Regulation is responsible for enforcement of professions and related businesses licensed by DBPR under the Division of Professions to ensure that the laws, rules, and standards set by the legislature are followed.

The law firm of Smith, Thompson, Shaw, Minacci & Colón, P.A. investigates and prosecutes the professions of architecture and interior design. To file a complaint pertaining to architecture or interior design, please visit their site at www.stslaw.com/practice-areas/board-of-architecture/file-complaint.

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

G.W. Harrell, Director

Division of Professions
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040