Florida General Contractors License - Gold Coast Schools (2024)

Welcome to Gold Coast School of Construction



Gold Coast is the leader in construction education for both registered county and state certified general contractors in the state of Florida. Students who are serious about passing their licensing exams and becoming a general contractor choose Gold Coast Schools! Our curriculum, teaching methods, and team of experienced instructors are dedicated to helping every student succeed.

The most important step towards getting your license, is making the decision to get started!

Choose The General Contractor Package That Is Right For You

Gold Coast School of Construction offers in-classroom, livestream and 24/7 on demand flexible learning options to best fit your needs.

Livestream any class from any campus or attend in-person classes at the convenience of your schedule.

Classroom and livestream schedule available below.

Course Essentials

  • Business & Finance
  • Trade Knowledge
      • In-class
      • Livestream
  • Watch On Demand 24/7

    Watch our On Demand videos for your desired course. These videos are available to watch anytime at your convenience. You do not have to wait for a live class to start your course.

  • Unlimited online practice exams
  • Orientation
  • Virtual office hours
  • Weekend Workshop ($429 value!)

$1,199

- Or -

4-interest-free payments with

Complete Book Set

  • Complete set of Division I books needed to pass your exam
    • Complete set of state reference materials
    • Lifetime set of books for future reference
    • Build and develop your professional career

*Book tabs & highlighting guides offered at checkout!

$1,660

- Or -

Or 4-interest-free payments with

Premium Course + Book Set

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  • Business & Finance
  • Trade Knowledge
      • In-class
      • Livestream
  • Watch On Demand 24/7

    Watch our On Demand videos for your desired course. These videos are available to watch anytime at your convenience. You do not have to wait for a live class to start your course.

  • Unlimited online practice exams
  • Orientation
  • Virtual office hours
  • Weekend Workshop ($429 value!)
  • Complete set of Division I books needed to pass your exam
  • Complete set of Division I book tabs & highlighting guides ($300 value!)

$2,899

- Or -

Or 4-interest-free payments with

Call for individual program options

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Livestream Courses

Our Instructors aren’t just great teachers — they’re working Contractors with years of real-world expertise and extensive trade knowledge who are committed to helping you pass the state exams. Attend our live classes in person at your local Gold Coast Campus or Livestream via Zoom.

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Livestream Open House

Attend our Livestream Open House held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 5:00pm to 6:00pm EST. We provide a complete overview of the exam prep program, experience requirements, application process, and everything you need to know to get started. You will also have the chance to ask questions about the program and the licensing process: Register Now!

Watch On Demand

View our livestream classroom experience anytime, anywhere and even on mobile!

Our Florida General Contractor Course Includes Everything You Need to Succeed!

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One Year Unlimited Instruction

As a Gold Coast student, you can attend unlimited weekday evening classes and weekend 2-Day Cram Workshops for an entire year - all for one low tuition price!

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New Student Orientation

Hit the ground running! Every Monday evening, we host our popular Student Orientation, where we share our Quick Start approach to navigating the reference books and preparing for your state exams.

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Exclusive Study Manual

Our exclusive study manual provides expert tips and tricks to answering typical state exam questions plus hundreds of additional practice questions.

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Best-in-Class Teaching

Learn from our top-notch Instructors five nights a week – in-class or Livestream via Zoom.

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Online Simulator Exams

Our exam simulators provide a real-world exam experience with professionally developed questions from the state-approved content areas.

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2-Day Weekend Cram Workshops

Offered in-class or Livestream via Zoom, our 2-day Cram Workshops include a complete reference book review, loads of real-world practice problems, plus tabbing and highlighting tips! Cram Workshops are perfect for students just starting and those ready to sit for the exam.

Division I Contractor License School Schedule

Business and Finance: (Taught the FIRST 2 weeks of every month) | Trade Knowledge: (Taught the LAST 2 weeks of every month)
Livestream available for all classroom options.
Click here for a calendar schedule of all programs.
When you enroll, you can access the On-Demand video library immediately. See below for on-campus and livestream Program Schedule.

Monday Evenings

Livestream Webinar Only

6:30pm-9:00pm

Tuesday Evenings

Doral, Tamarac (Spanish), and Livestream Webinar

6:30pm-9:00pm

Wednesday Evenings

Lantana, North Miami, and Livestream Webinar

6:30pm-9:00pm

Thursday Evenings

Doral (Spanish), Tamarac, East Orlando, and Livestream Webinar

6:30pm-9:00pm

Friday Evenings

Livestream Webinar

4:00pm-6:30pm

Interested in becoming a Florida general contractor?

Learn more by completing the form below:

Contractor Program Testimonials

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Online General Contractor Courses:

Online courses are perfect if you prefer to study at your own pace and want to have a flexible schedule. Online students are also welcome to watch our weekly instructor-led session in a livesteam format.

Want to learn even more about getting your license? Attend our Livestream Open House held on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:00pm. We provide a complete overview of the program, license requirements, and everything you need to know to get started. You will also have the chance to ask any questions that you have: Register Now!

Your online tuition includes:

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One Year Unlimited Access

As a Gold Coast student, you have course access and can attend unlimited Livestream weekday evening classes and weekend 2-Day Cram Workshops for an entire year - all for one low tuition price!

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Best-in-Class Teaching (Livestream)

Learn from our top-notch Instructors in Livestream sessions via Zoom.

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Online Simulator Exams

Our exam simulators provide a real-world exam experience with professionally developed questions from the state-approved content areas.

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New Student Orientation

Hit the ground running! Every Monday evening, we host our popular Student Orientation, where we share our Quick Start approach to navigating the reference books and preparing for your state exams.

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2-Day Weekend Cram Workshops

Offered Livestream via Zoom, our 2-day Cram Workshops include a complete reference book review, loads of real-world practice problems, plus tabbing and highlighting tips! Cram Workshops are perfect for students just starting and those ready to sit for the exam.

Interested in becoming a Florida general contractor?

Learn more by completing the form below:

Contractor Program Testimonials

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Live Online Webinar and Review Schedule

Business and Finance: (Taught the FIRST 2 weeks of every month) | Trade Knowledge: (Taught the LAST 2 weeks of every month)

Weekly Webinar Schedule:

English:

Monday-Thursday (6:30pm-9:00pm)
Friday (4:00pm-6:30pm)

Spanish:

Tuesday & Thursday (6:30pm-9:00pm)

Weekend Review Schedule:

Held on scheduled Saturdays:

Business & Finance

9:00am – 12:00pm

Trade Knowledge

1:00pm – 4:00pm

State Reference Books

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

If you do not have the current book and tab sets you will have the option to add on a complete book and tab set during the checkout process, or by visiting our online bookstore: View Online Bookstore. Contact our helpful Career Counselors at 1-800-732-9140 for more information.

License Requirements

General Contractor License Requirements In Florida:

In the state of Florida, becoming a licensed state certified general contractor involves meeting the minimum age, credit, and experience requirements. Below you will find complete details about these requirements, however if you have any questions our helpful career counselors are just a phone call away. We look forward to fully preparing you to achieve your goal of becoming a licensed general contractor.
The following applies to all applicants:

  • 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 completing the 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: You can replace 3 years of experience if you have a 4 year college degree (in any major, even if it is not at all related to construction), from an accredited college . This means you will only need 1 year of qualifying experience in the field if you have a college degree.

Important note about experience:

The experience must be verifiable and under a licensed general 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.

Doral (South Miami)

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

1-800-732-9140

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North Miami

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

1-800-732-9140

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Tamarac (Broward)

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5600 Hiatus Road
Tamarac, FL 33321

1-800-732-9140

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West Palm Beach

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6216 S. Congress Avenue
Lantana, FL 33462

1-800-732-9140

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East Orlando

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3505 Lake Lynda Dr Building 300
Orlando, FL 32817

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North Orlando

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5104 N. Orange Blossom Trail Suite 114
Orlando, FL 32810

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Boca Raton

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2600 N. Military Trail, Suite 150
Boca Raton, FL 33431
*This is a satellite location*

1-800-732-9140

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Kissimmee

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932 E Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee
Kissimmee, FL 34744

1-800-732-9140

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We are committed to answering all of your questions. Below are common questions students have about our general contractor exam prep program. As always, feel free to contact our helpful career counselors at 1-800-732-9140 for additional information.

Where can I find my class module/topic schedule to know what is being taught each night?

The student resources section of our website includes class schedules as well as other valuable pieces of information. Simply select the license you are preparing for in the “Schedule & Module Calendar” section: Click Here!

Do I actually need a contractors license?

The answer is almost always yes. If you are performing construction/contractor related services for compensation, you almost certainly need to be licensed in the specialty that you are working in. There are some small exceptions for handyman services, but the scope of work is very limited and if you step outside of it (electrical, plumbing, etc), you will be violating license laws .

Is my tuition really valid for 1 year?

YES! We stand behind your success from start to finish. We understand that some students will be able to dive into the material and complete their studying in just 2 months, while others are busy and need longer to prepare. We do not charge any additional review fees for any of our contractor courses, reviews, or workshops during your 1 year tuition period.

Do I need to purchase the state reference books?

Yes. The state exam is open book and to pass it you will need to have of the business and finance and trade books specific to your license. We also highly recommend purchasing the related tabs. Our curriculum is built around teaching you how to navigate these books quickly so that you will successfully pass the exams and get your license. Books and tabs can be purchased during the enrollment process either through the website, over the phone, or by visiting our online bookstore and selecting the complete sets related to the license you are pursuing.

Online bookstore links: Division 1 Contractor Books | Division 2 Contractor Books

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