Bureau of Education and Testing
Purpose and Functions
The Bureau of Education and Testing (BET) is organized pursuant to Section 455.217, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 61-11, Florida Administrative Code. The Bureau protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public by providing services to numerous boards, divisions, and professions regulated by the Department.
Candidate Services Unit
The Candidate Services Unit is responsible for scheduling candidates for examination, reporting grades, conducting post-examination reviews for failing candidates and managing examination administrations. Examinations are administered via computer-based testing and in several cities around the state, including Tallahassee, Orlando, and Miami. The Unit also oversees the electronic fingerprinting program.
Continuing Education Unit
The Continuing Education Unit monitors compliance with continuing education requirements, including pre-licensure and post-licensure education. Additionally, the Unit processes applications for education courses and providers and administers continuing education audits.
Examination Development Unit
The Examination Development Unit is responsible for developing, preparing and scoring examinations and for ensuring the validity and reliability of examinations administered by the Bureau. The Unit also monitors national examinations and examinations contracted with private testing companies to ensure that all examinations meet appropriate measurement standards.
DBPR Testing at Domestic and Foreign Military Installations
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, through its testing vendor Pearson VUE, now offers certain Florida professional licensure exams at various domestic and international military sites. Active duty personnel, including the spouses of active duty personnel, federal contractors, and civilians working on base, are able to schedule exams at these locations.
Updates to Construction Licensure Examinations
Beginning in August, 2017: Examinations for Mechanical and Air Conditioning "Class A" contractors will be provided in computer-based format. Additionally, all other construction licensure examinations in paper and pencil format will be reduced to a one-day administration.