Become a Florida Licensed General Contractor

Choose from either classroom or online options.

The Gold Coast School of Construction is the leader in construction education for both Registered County and State Certified contractors in the state of Florida. Students enroll with Gold Coast because they have one goal, to pass the state exam and become a licensed General Contractor! Our curriculum, methods, and team of experienced instructors are dedicated to helping every student achieve that goal.

Complete details about our General Contractor exam prep program can be found below.  Please contact our helpful Career Counselors at 1-800-732-9140 for more information.  We are happy to assist.

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The Gold Coast curriculum is an in depth review of all state examination topics giving you the knowledge and confidence needed to get your General Contractor’s license. 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.

General Contractor License Requirements:

In the state of Florida, becoming a licensed state certified general contractor involves meeting the age, credit, and experience/education requirements before licensure will be granted.

Minimum 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 score of 660 or above
    • If you do not meet the 660 FICO score, you CAN still get your license by posting a licensing bond.  This bond can be reduced by 50% upon completed a Financial Responsibility course.
  • Four years of proven general construction experience. (FAR 61G4-15.001)
    • You do not have to have the necessary experience before you take the exam.
      • The test scores are valid for 4 years meaning you have 4 years to gain the required experience after passing the state exam.
    • Note: 3 years of any accredited college credits can be used in place of construction experience regardless of the subject matter/courses.

Important note about experience:

The experience must be verifiable and under a license contractor in the areas of foundations or slabs, masonry walls, steel erection, elevated slabs, precast concrete structures, column construction, and framework for reinforced concrete.

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.


Classroom General Contractor Exam Course: $899

Tuition Information:

Your tuition is valid for 1 year. Enrolled students can repeat all parts of this program, including weekend exam reviews & 2-day workshops at no extra charge as often as necessary within the tuition period.

Tuition does not include the state required reference books and tab sets. 

To purchase your complete set of course textbook and tabs: View Online Bookstore

Contact our helpful Career Counselors at 1-800-732-9140 if you have any questions.  We are happy to assist.

Course Format:

Your Classroom Based Contractor Exam Prep Program will be divided into 3 parts.  Your tuition is valid for 1 year allowing you plenty of time to attend as many classes as you would like during this time frame.

Part I:

  • Comprehensive study guides complete with online audio presentations streaming on any smart device
  • Our exclusive study manual that is topic specific with self contained learning segments
  • Exclusive exhibits
  • Multiple practice exams online & in your study manual

Part II:

  • Classroom instruction (Offered in both English and Spanish).  You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you would like during your tuition period.  Bring your questions and we will show you how to work through to the answer together.
  • Class Locations and Schedule: (7:00pm-9:30pm)  *Orlando classes start at 6:30pm

    • Tuesdays: Doral and Boca
    • Wednesdays: Lantana and North Miami
    • Thursdays: Broward, Orlando, and Doral (Spanish)

Orlando class registration opens June 1st.  Classes in Orlando begin in August.  See below for start dates:

Part III:

  • Weekend Exam Reviews offered two to three times a month. (Included FREE in your tuition).
    • This is a review for the business and finance, law, and the technical portion of the General Contractor Exam
  • 2-Day Contractor Workshop offered once a month (included free in your tuition)
    • All test related topics are condensed into a 2-day exam prep package focused on navigating the reference materials, negotiating exam type “trick questions”, and solving mathematical questions quickly and efficiently using realistic exam type questions

Start your course anytime! Classes are held weekly and your tuition is valid for 1 year allowing you to attend an unlimited number of classes during that period.  

To register for the Classroom Based Contractor Exam Prep Program simply click the “Register Now” button next to the course start date and location below, or call our helpful Career Counselors at 1-800-732-9140.

December 2019
12/01 - 11/24
Boca Raton
Tuesdays 7:00pm - 9:30pm
12/01 - 11/25
North Miami
Wednesdays 7:00pm - 9:30pm
12/01 - 11/26
South Dade (Doral)
Tuesdays &/or Thursdays 7:00pm - 9:30pm
12/01 - 11/26
Tamarac (Broward)
Thursdays 7:00pm - 9:30pm
12/01 - 11/25
West Palm Beach (Lantana)
Wednesdays 7:00pm - 9:30pm
12/05 - 11/26
Thursdays 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Online General Contractor Exam Course: $899

Register Now

Tuition Information: (Your tuition is valid for 1 year allowing plenty of time to complete your course)
Tuition does not include the state required reference books and tab sets. 

To purchase your complete set of course textbooks and tabs: View Online Bookstore!

Contact our helpful Career Counselors at 1-800-732-9140 if you have any questions. We are happy to assist.


Program Overview:

The online contractor exam prep course is designed to enable you to prepare to pass the General, Building, or Residential Contractor exam with the convenience of online learning. Through interactive modules containing audio instruction, we bring the classroom experience into your computer or tablet allowing you to study at your own pace. This course combines the best of classroom education with the flexibility of self paced online learning.

You will go through the material module-by-module gaining a mastery of how to navigate your state reference books, making passing your state contractor exam a breeze. Remember, the state licensing exam is an open book exam. The key to success is to develop the base knowledge, and combine that with familiarizing yourself with the various state exam books so that you can find the answers quickly. This online course is designed to enable you to do just that.

The course is loaded with hundreds of practice exam questions to help you evaluate your readiness and prepare you for success. These questions are constantly being updated based on student feedback on actual state exam topics.


  • Online learning modules and practice exams designed to prepare you for your state exam
  • Live online weekly webinars with our instructors covering key topics
    • Every Thursday 4:00pm-6:00pm and Wednesday 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • Live online weekend exam reviews
    • The 1st Saturday of every month
      • 9:00am-12:00pm (Business & Finance)
      • 1:00pm-4:00pm (Trade Knowledge)
  • Access to our classroom based 2-day contractor workshops reviews designed to help you learn and practice before your state exam
  • Comprehensive study guides complete with workbooks, exhibits, and online modules focusing on key subject areas


Online Construction Course



West Palm Beach (Lantana)

6216 S. Congress Avenue
Lantana, FL 33462


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Boca Raton

2600 N. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431


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Tamarac (Broward)

5600 Hiatus Road
Tamarac, FL 33321


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North Miami

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


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South Dade (Doral)

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


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3505 Lake Lynda Dr Building 300
Orlando, FL 32817


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