The Gold Coast School of Construction is the leader in construction education for both Registered County and State Certified contractors.  Students enroll with Gold Coast because they have one goal, to pass the state exam!  Our curriculum, methods, and team of experienced instructors are dedicated to helping every student achieve that goal.  We understand that anyone can claim to be the best school in Florida, but we can prove it.

The Gold Coast curriculum is a comprehensive review of all state examinations topics.  Our materials are continuously updated to reflect exam and code changes, and are direct, yet simple to understand.  Our instructors are licensed practicing professionals including Contractors, Architects, Engineers, Building Inspectors, and OSHA trainers who care about your success.

We understand that the details of how to get your license can be overwhelming.   The information on the next few pages will help answer many of your questions, but feel free to contact our helpful Career Counselors at 1-800-732-9140 to discuss this over the phone.

General Contractor Orientation Video:

 

 

General Contractor Exam Prep Program

Unlike many other license categories (Real Estate, Insurance, etc) there are no required pre-license courses that must be taken before you can take your state exam.  The state will allow anyone and everyone to take the contractor’s exam, however the object is to pass it the very first time.  We make that possible with our exclusive program.

Gold Coasts Exam Prep program is offered in two formats:

  1. Full Service Contractor Exam-Prep    Tuition: $799
  2. Basic Contractor Exam Prep.  Tuition: $649

See below for complete details.

Your Full-service Contractor Exam Prep Program will be divided into 3 parts all of which are included in your tuition.

Part I:

  • Comprehensive study guides complete with audio/visual presentations in a DVD format
  • Our exclusive module workbook that is topic specific with self contained learning segments
  • Exclusive exhibits
  • Multiple practice exams

Part II:

  • Classroom instruction one night a week from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Offered in both English and espanol).  Bring your questions and we will show you how to work through to the answer together.

Your tuition is valid for one year allowing you to take as many classes as you would like at any of our multiple locations during this period.

Part III:

  • Intensive Cram Sessions one weekend each month (Cram’s are in-depth reviews of exam style questions and scenarios and are designed to drive home the key topics needed to be successful on the state exam).

Enrolled students can repeat these crams at no extra charge as often as necessary within your one year tuition period.

We also offer a Basic Contractor Exam Prep Program which is a self/home study program that includes:

Part I:

  • Comprehensive study guides complete with audio/visual presentations in a DVD format
  • Our exclusive module workbook that is topic specific with self contained learning segments
  • Exclusive exhibits
  • Multiple practice exams

Our Basic Contractor Exam Prep Program provides all the information and materials needed to help you pass the exam, but requires far more individual effort and discipline when it comes to reading and studying.  If you learn best from live instruction, our Full Service Package is designed for you.

 

To register for your Full Service or Basic Contractor Exam Prep Program use the registration box above, or call our Career Counselors at 1-800-732-9140.

Tuition Information:

Full Service Exam Prep Program: (Includes all DVD’s, class tutorials, and Cram Classes) – $799
( *Tuition does not include the state required reference books.  Contact a Career Counselor for complete details & pricing.)

Basic Exam Prep Program: (Excludes the in-class instruction and crams)- $649
( *Tuition does not include the state required reference books.  Contact a Career Counselor for complete details & pricing.)

Start your course anytime!  Classes are held weekly.

Class Locations and Schedule: (7:00pm-9:30pm)

Tuesdays: Doral

Wednesdays: Lantana and North Miami

Thursdays: Broward and Doral (espanol)

 

Below will describe the basic requirements for becoming in a licensed General Contractor:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Have good moral character. (A criminal incident in the past does not prevent you from getting a license so long as you have had your civil rights restored, all debts to society paid, no pending or current liens such as IRS, and have no pending or ongoing criminal litigation).
  • Credit worthy. (Applicants will be subject to a credit report on both the applicant and the business with a preferred FICO score of a 660 or above. )
    • If you do not meet the 660 FICO score, you CAN still get your license by posting a licensing bond.
      • Bond amounts vary based on whether the applicant is a Division I or Division II contractor, however this amount can be reduced by 50% upon taking a board-approved financial responsibility course.
      • Gold Coast offers this course in addition to our exam prep programs: Learn more…Click Here!
  • Four years of general construction experience.  (See below for experience details)

4 years of necessary experience:

You must have 4 years of general construction experience, however up to 3 years of experience can be substituted by years spent in college.  The college courses can be ANY college level courses, and does not need to be in the construction field.  If you have a four year college degree, you qualify as having 3 years of general construction experience.  The 4th year of general construction experience must be acquired through gaining structural experience.  For General Contractors, you must have been a foreman or supervisor that was involved in all aspects of a commercial building that is 4 stories or taller.

Important note about experience:

There is no longer a “verifier” signature required, but the information you are required to list is much more detailed and includes employers names, addresses, jobsite names, and durations of employment.

You do not have to have the necessary experience before you take the exam.  In fact, after passing the state exam you have up to 4 years to gain the necessary experience to become a licensed General Contractor.

For a free evaluation of your experience and guidance in this career field, feel free to contact our Career Counselors at 1-800-732-9140.

 

To guarantee proper scheduling for this construction course, please contact our Career Counselors at 1-800-732-9140 to discuss the complete details.

Our cram courses are designed to be an intensive review of sample scenarios and questions that will appear on the contractor exam. Attending these reviews will greatly increase the likelihood of passing your exam the first time.

Exam-Cram Formats:

Weekend Cram: (Sat-Sun) 9:00am-5:00pm

1-day $199 (Recommended for A/C, Roofing, Pool, and Specialty Contractors)

2-days $299 (Recommended for General, Building, and Residential Contractors.)

Included in our Full Service package, this two day intensive presentation consolidates the information and “zeros in” on exam topics. Day One is for all applicants and covers Business and Finance, preparing the applicant for Day One of the exam. Day Two covers the Technical portion of the exam with separate presentations for each covered license category. This powerful 2-day experience simulates exam conditions, gathers, consolidates, and amplifies the various threads of information which boosts the applicant’s ability to succeed.

West Palm Beach (Lantana)

Lantana
6216 S. Congress Avenue
Lantana, FL 33462

800-732-9140

From I-95:
Take I-95 to Lantana Road. Exit west on Lantana Road to Congress Ave. Turn left on Congress and then left into Atlantis Plaza.

From Turnpike:
(From the North) Take the turnpike to Lake Worth Road. Exit east on Lake Worth Road to Congress Ave. Turn right on Congress and then just past Lantana Road turn left into Atlantis Plaza.

(From the South) Take the turnpike to Boynton Beach Blvd. Exit east on Boynton Beach Blvd to Congress. Turn left (north) on Congress. Turn into Atlantis Plaza, just south of Lantana Road.

Boca Raton

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7035 Beracasa Way Suite 206
Boca Raton, FL 33433

800-732-9140

Located just 3 minutes West of I-95 on the North West corner of Palmetto & Powerline.

Tamarac (Broward)

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5600 Hiatus Road
Tamarac, FL 33321

800-732-9140

This Gold Coast building is located on the NE Corner of Hiatus Road and Commercial Blvd., approx. 1/8 mile East of the Sawgrass Expwy off of Commercial Blvd.

Registration for all Insurance and Construction classes are handled by the Gold Coast Professional Schools office at the Broward campus.

North Miami

North-Dade
3577 N.E. 163rd Street
North Miami, FL 33160

800-732-9140

Located just minutes East of the Gold Glades Interchange (I-95, 826 and the Turnpike.) Exit on 163rd street and go East. Located in the Intracoastal Mall at N.E. 35th Ave.

South Dade (Doral)

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11250 N.W. 20th Street
Miami, FL 33172

800-732-9140

Because this is a new building, on a new street, you will not be able to find us on map search sites yet. Here are directions:

From the North:
Take the Florida Turnpike Extension south to NW 12th Street (exit # 27). Head east.Turn left on NW 111th Ave (just past the mall). Turn left on NW 20th Street. Building is on the left.

From the South:
Take the Florida Turnpike Extension north to NW 12th Street. Head east Turn left on NW 111th Ave (just past the mall). Turn left on NW 20th Street. Building is on the left.

From the East and Downtown Miami:
Head west on 836 to NW 107 Ave exit. Exit north on NW 107 Ave.Turn left on NW 12 St. Turn right on NW 111 Ave. Turn left on NW 20th St. Building is on left.