Division of Hotels and Restaurants
Certificate of Competency and Certified Elevator Technician
You must hold a Certificate of Competency, issued by the division, before you can register as a Certified Elevator Technician. Only Certified Elevator Technicians are properly licensed and registered to construct, install, maintain or repair vertical conveyances in the State of Florida.
A Certificate of Competency is a credential that certifies the holder is qualified to become a Certified Elevator Technician, but does not authorize any work to be performed on vertical conveyances.
You do not have to register as a Certified Elevator Technician to obtain a Certificate of Competency; however, you are not licensed to work on vertical conveyances until you register as a Certified Elevator Technician.
1. Education and Professional Experience
You may qualify for a Certificate of Competency through either education only or a combination of education and experience. You must provide documentation of the qualifications required under either A. or B. below.
A. Education Only:
1. Proof of Degree in Mechanical Engineering
B. Education and Experience:
1. Proof of completion of one of the following:
- Passage of the Certificate of Competency test administered by Elevator World.
- Apprenticeship in elevator mechanics approved by the United States Department of Labor.
- Endorsement from NEIEP or NAEC.
- Proof of licensure or certification by another jurisdiction in the United States having standards substantially equal to or more stringent than Florida's standards.
Contact the division to find out if your license from another jurisdiction meets this requirement.
2. Proof of four years experience constructing, maintaining, servicing, or repairing elevators or other conveyances regulated by the division. The experience must be verified by a registered elevator company.
Obtain and complete the appropriate application form.
A $50 license fee is required with the application.
If you want to perform work on vertical conveyances in the State of Florida, you must register as a Certified Elevator Technician.
If you have NOT applied for a Certificate of Competency:
Apply for a Certificate of Competency (see above) and indicate you are also applying for the annual Certified Elevator Technician (CET) registration.
If you HAVE applied for a Certificate of Competency:
Obtain and complete the application form, provide your Certificate of Competency number and indicate you are applying for the annual Certified Elevator Technician (CET) registration.
2. Proof of General Liability Insurance
Obtain general liability insurance in a minimum amount of $100,000 per person and $300,000 per occurrence. All elevator companies, elevator inspectors, and independent elevator technicians must be covered by insurance as described above. Proof of insurance must be provided with the application.