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!  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 an in depth review of all state examination topics giving you the knowledge and confidence needed to get your 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.

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:

Classroom General Contractor Exam Course:  $799

To register for the Classroom Based Contractor Exam Prep Program, use the "Schedule Your Course" box, or call our helpful Career Counselors at 1-800-732-9140. Your Classroom Based 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 presentations available online, including smartphones and tablets
  • Our exclusive module workbook that is topic specific with self contained learning segments
  • Exclusive exhibits
  • Multiple practice exams and optional online exam simulators
Part II:
  • Classroom instruction one night a week (Offered in both English and espanol).  Bring your questions and we will show you how to work through to the answer together.
    • Class Locations and Schedule: (7:00pm-9:30pm)
    • Tuesdays: Doral
    • Wednesdays: Lantana and North Miami
    • Thursdays: Broward and Doral (espanol)
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).
Tuition Information: Your tuition is valid for 1 year.  Enrolled students can repeat these crams at no extra charge as often as necessary within your tuition period. Tuition does not include the state required reference books and tab sets.  Contact a Career Counselor for complete details & pricing. Start your course anytime!  Classes are held weekly.


Online General Contractor Exam Course:  $799

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If you have any questions, call our helpful Career Counselors at 1-800-732-9140.  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 to self paced online learning.

You will go through the material module-by-module gaining a mastery of how to navigate your state reference books, and enabling you to pass your state contractor exam with ease.  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 hone in on 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 evaluate your readiness and prepare you for success.  These questions are constantly being updated based on feedback on actual state exam topics.


  • All online learning modules designed to prepare you for your state exam
  • Live online weekly webinars with our instructors covering key topics
    • Every Thursday 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Live online monthly CRAM review courses
    • The 1st Saturday of every month
      • 9:00am-12:00pm (Business & Finance)
      • 1:00pm-4:00pm (Trade Knowledge)
  • Comprehensive study guides complete with workbooks, exhibits, and online modules focusing on key subject areas

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.  Contact a Career Counselor for complete details & pricing.

Online Construction Course



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 (1 year of college is considered approximately 30 credit hours).  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 1 year (2,000 work hours) of experience as 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.

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