Bureau of Education and Testing
NOTICE TO ALL COMPUTER BASED TESTING CANDIDATES
In December 2015, the Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s Bureau of Education & Testing completed its competitive bid process to obtain examination administration services for the next several years. Testing vendor Pearson VUE was awarded the new contract for three years, with the option to renew for an additional three years. The examination administration fees will be updated effective March 19, 2016, according to the new contract terms.
The following Matrix reflects the new fees for each examination in red that will be applicable beginning March 19, 2016. If you have any questions regarding the updated fees, please contact the Bureau of Education and Testing at 850.488.5952.
New Scheduling Requirement
Starting June 22, 2015 all candidates who are scheduling their examinations on-line with Pearson VUE will need their Pearson VUE Client Candidate Identification Number (DBPR Entity Number) to be able to complete their transaction. If your Client Candidate ID (CCID) is less than 9 digits, please add preceding zeroes so there will be a total of 9 digits.
This is shown on the Confirmation letter you will receive either via email, if available, or regular mail.
General Exam Administration Policy Regarding Scheduling
If you are unable to attend the examination for which you were scheduled, you may be excused for the following reasons:
• Your illness or that of an immediate family member;
• Death in the immediate family;
• Disabling traffic accident;
• Court appearance or jury duty; or
• Military duty.
All candidates seeking excused absences must submit written verification and supporting documentation of the situation to the Department/Bureau of Education & Testing (BET) or their Contracted vendors, Professional Testing Inc. for Construction or Pearson VUE for all Computer Testing no later than four (4) days after the original examination date. Documentation of medical absences must have the original signature of the medical practitioner. Stamped signatures will NOT be accepted. If the candidate cannot be accommodated due to unexcused absence, they will be liable for the test fee for that day in addition to the new test fee and classified as a No Show.
An unexcused Absence will result in candidate paying exam administration fee again or having to reapply to DBPR/BET.
COMPUTER TESTING WITH DBPR VENDOR:
Candidates taking a computer-based examination through Pearson VUE will be required to submit a valid email address, telephone number and pay at the time the exam is scheduled, either through Pearson VUE web site or toll free line. Candidates will not be able to pay on the date of the exam. To assist candidates without a credit card, Pearson VUE has a "voucher" system of payment; more details will be provided when they become available. For further information, contact Pearson VUE directly at: www.pearsonvue.com
888.204.6289 (DBPR Real Estate candidates only) or
888.204.6230 (All Florida DBPR Professions, including Certified Designated Representative - CDR)
Once the appropriate Board Office (DBPR) has approved a candidate’s eligibility to take an examination, the candidate’s file is sent electronically to Pearson VUE. Within 72 hours of receipt of the electronic file, Pearson VUE will email, if a valid email address is available, or mail the candidate an authorization letter. You do not have to wait for the letter to schedule your examination.
For more information on computer testing, please visit this web page:
"Real Estate Sales Associates and Brokers Examination Update Regarding TILA/RESPA Integrated Mortgage Disclosure Rule"
The TILA/RESPA Integrated Mortgage Disclosure Rule went into effect October 3, 2015. The rule’s impact to the Florida Real Estate examination is minimal. The following changes to the examinations went into effect:
1- Florida Real Estate Law exam – No changes.
2- Florida Sales Associate exam - The HUD-1/Closing Statement is now referred to by its new name, Closing Disclosure. Candidates began seeing this change on October 3, 2015.
3- Florida Broker exam - Changes to the Broker examination went into effect December 1, 2015. There is a change to terminology. The term that is used instead of HUD-1 is Closing Disclosure. Candidates will have to be familiar with pages 2 and 3 of the new five-page disclosure and be able to perform basic calculations as they do now.
Link to sample Closing Disclosure: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201311_cfpb_kbyo_closing-disclosure.pdf
For more detailed information about TILA –RESPA Integrated disclosure rule visit: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/regulatory-implementation/tila-respa/
Latest examination updates (August 10, 2015)
1- The Air "B" Trade Knowledge examination has moved to Computer Based Testing on August 10, 2015.
2- Please note that Beginning with the June 2015 Construction paper & pencil examinations, candidates scheduled for the Air A, Mechanical and Plumbing will test on Day 1, Tuesday. Division 1 candidates, General, Building and Residential Contractors, sitting for Contract Administration and or Project Management examinations will remain testing on Day 2, Wednesday.
The following Trade Knowledge examinations have moved to Computer Based Testing (CBT) on October 13, 2014: Roofing, Underground Utility, Sheet Metal, Gypsum, Specialty Structure, Gas Line and Pollutant Storage Contractors. The last pencil & paper administration for these categories was June and August 2014.
Irrigation, Commercial Pool, Residential Pool, Service Pool and Solar Contractors examinations Trade Knowledge parts were moved to Computer Based Testing on March 25, 2014.
Glass & Glazing and Marine Specialty Trade Knowledge examinations were moved to Computer Based Testing format (CBT) on November 01, 2012.
Business and Finance examination part for all categories were moved to Computer Based Testing (CBT) format in 2009.
For more details on how to schedule your computer testing examination, please visit the Computer Based Testing web page or click on the link: http://dbpr/servop/testing/CBT.html
DBPR/BET Construction examination vendor Professional Testing Inc. (PTI) web site at: http://www.floridaexam.com/