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good morning, i am new here and am NOT a contractor (yet). im in south florida and am looking into taking a contractors course but dont know what school to attend. i already have most of my books just missing a couple. do any of you have any recommendations? im not just jumping into this with no experience, ive been a concrete restoration project manager for about 2 years, foreman 4 years and a regular worker for about 4 years. all in total ive been in the business 10 years. if any one has any tips i would appreciate it. thanks
 

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Well, to be able to give you a good recommendation, I would need to know exactly what type of license you are looking to acquire. Please see below for the list of what they can do (and what type of experience you must have to get) and I can provide a good recommendation.

For all three license categories we must:


  • Show 48 months on jobs with at least 12 months as a foreman.
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  • A combination of college and experience totaling at least 48 months with at least 12 of those months as a foreman.

“General contractor”
means a contractor whose services are unlimited as to the type of work which he or she may do, who may contract for any activity requiring licensure under this part, and who may perform any work requiring licensure under this part, except as otherwise expressly provided in s. 489.113.

For the GC License only, we must show at least 1 year (12 full months) or more on habitable structures 4+ stories.Show substantial responsibility in at least 4 of the following areas of commercial construction including active and proven experience with:
o Foundation/Slabs greater than 20,000 sqft
o Masonry Walls
o Steel Erection
o Elevated Slabs
o Precast Concrete Structures
o Column Erection
o Formwork for structural reinforced concrete

“Building contractor” means a contractor whose services are limited to construction of commercial buildings and single-dwelling or multiple-dwelling residential buildings, which do not exceed three stories in height, and accessory use structures in connection therewith or a contractor whose services are limited to remodeling, repair, or improvement of any size building if the services do not affect the structural members of the building.

Show substantial responsibility in at least 4 of the following areas of commercial construction including active and proven experience with:
o Foundation/Slabs greater than 20,000 sqft
o Masonry Walls
o Steel Erection
o Elevated Slabs
o Precast Concrete Structures
o Column Erection
o Formwork for structural reinforced concrete

“Residential contractor” means a contractor whose services are limited to construction, remodeling, repair, or improvement of one-family, two-family, or three-family residences not exceeding two habitable stories above no more than one uninhabitable story and accessory use structures in connection therewith.

Show substantial responsibility in at least 4 of the following areas of residential construction including active and proven experience with:
o Foundation/Slabs
o Masonry walls
o Trusses
o Structural wood framing
o Column erection
o Formwork for structural reinforced concrete
 

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I'm sorry, got caught up in the explanations and forgot to mention what license I'm looking to acquire. I'm actually looking into the g.c license I believe I meet all the criteria to qualify. I've heard the test is kind of tough though so I'd like to pick a school that can help. My only field in construction has been concrete restoration for the past 10+ years. A lot of things fall in this category I've tore down and rebuilt slabs, collumns, beams etc. Also shored everything. Anyways thanks for the response looking forward to reading your suggestion.
 

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The board is looking for New Construction of buildings when you are applying. If you only submit restoration or renovation projects they will not approve without help. So here are my two suggestions:

1. Schools:

2. You will probably need representation to get this through. I can provide a reference to an attorney I know has gotten these through if you would like. It is 100% guarantee that all renovation will be sent to the board for review and at the board it is highly unlikely to be approved without representation. Just let me know if you would like to discuss that further.
 

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O.k, I'm still unfamiliar with the whole process. I'll look into that school. As soon as I get back home. Either way I'd like to actually attend a school, I have two young children at home that would make it a sure thing that I don't get any studying in. Also can you p.m me on a rough price for representation? Thanks again
 

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I used the ContractorClasses.com home study program, while working from home with a 1-year old in the house. You have to make sure to set boundaries for time to study, or find a library or cafe close to home that will let you set up camp for the long haul.

I spent approx 2 months studying, but recommend setting aside 3-6 months if you have the time. I'm repeating the process now with the Unlimited EC license, but chose to take the MikeHolt 6 day intensive class in addition to the home study DVDs and books.
 

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I used the ContractorClasses.com home study program, while working from home with a 1-year old in the house. You have to make sure to set boundaries for time to study, or find a library or cafe close to home that will let you set up camp for the long haul.

I spent approx 2 months studying, but recommend setting aside 3-6 months if you have the time. I'm repeating the process now with the Unlimited EC license, but chose to take the MikeHolt 6 day intensive class in addition to the home study DVDs and books.
Thanks, but I've got no idea what a unlimited ec license is? Did you pass the exam?
 
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