Elevator companies can help you improve accessibility in your home, office or place of business. Most are able to provide free estimates, as well as quick turnaround on installations and repairs.
Since your safety is at stake, only hire an elevator company that uses CEI certified mechanics to carry out all installations, services and repairs. This is the best way to make sure you are dealing with experienced installers, rather than sales people.
Moreover, according to Florida law, all elevator workers and companies are required to register with the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, which is part of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Alternatively, workers and companies can also obtain a license from the Division before they can perform any commercial or residential elevator service.
Certified Elevator Inspector
CEI stands for Certified Elevator Inspector, and is a license that certifies the holder has been properly trained in the construction, installation, inspection, maintenance or repair of elevators and escalators in Florida.
The license is issued by the Bureau of Elevator Safety within the Division.
Aside from the proper credentials required by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an Elevator Inspector must also complete the CEI Registration form, and produce proof of general liability insurance amounting to a minimum of $100,000 per person or $300,000 per occurrence.
While both elevator inspectors and elevator companies are required to have insurance, they do not have to pay any fee for this application.
Other than a CEI license, a qualified elevator mechanic may also pursue a Florida Certificate of Competency, allowing the holder to perform work as a Certified Elevator Technician.
These certificates are subjected to annual renewal since they automatically expire on December 31 each year. Renewing them requires the completion of eight hours of continuing education for each holder of a Certificate of Competency and Certified Elevator Inspector license.