Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Schools & Job Training  > Becoming a General Contractor

Becoming a General Contractor Cost


How Much Does Becoming a General Contractor Cost?

 
average costCertificate in Construction Technology: $1,800-$9,000high costAssociate's Degree in Construction Technology: $1,200-$18,000
post Post   Comments (1)  

A general contractor generally completes a construction technology classroom program or receives on-the-job training through work experience or a formal apprenticeship. Technical colleges and trade schools offer one- or two-year certificate programs and associate's degrees in construction, while apprenticeships are available from industry groups and last 3-5 years. Education Portal[1] reports that although there is no required educational program for general contractors, those wishing to work in supervisory or construction management roles should consider attaining an associate's or bachelor's degree and related work experience.

Typical costs:

  • A certificate program in construction technology costs $1,800-$9,000. Casper College[2] in Casper, WY, offers a nine-month Construction Technology certificate program for $1,848 for residents and $5,112 for non-residents. Franklin Tech Joplin[3] in Joplin, MO, offers a 950-hour certificate in construction technology for $8,845.
  • An associate's degree in construction technology costs $1,200-$18,000. An associate's degree from El Camino College[4] in Torrance, CA, costs $1,224 for state residents or $8,058 for non-residents. Texas State Technical College[5] offers an associate's degree in building construction technology for $7,788 for state residents and $17,886 for non-residents over the five-semester program.
  • An apprenticeship in construction costs $0-$1,000. The Local 199 Labor Union[6] in Wilmington, DE, offers an apprenticeship program for $300. IBEW-NECA Technical Institute[7] in Chicago offers apprenticeships for $1,000, which includes an administration fee and the cost of hand tools. Apprentices may also earn a partial wage while working under the supervision of a general contractor.
  • State licensing for general contractors costs $50-$300. Florida[8] issues licenses from $250 for two years, with an optional online exam review for $150. North Carolina[9] 's unlimited license costs $100 plus $15 for a license packet, while Georgia[10] 's license costs $200 plus a $106 exam fee.
Related articles: Carpentry Training, Construction Management Training, Community College, College

What should be included:
  • Apprenticeships in construction last 3-5 years and include at least 144 hours of classes plus on-the-job training, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics[11] .
  • Certificate and associate's degree programs should cover basic subjects like mathematics, mechanical drawing and woodworking, and the basic skills necessary to begin a career in construction. A bachelor's degree should cover project development, site planning, design, construction methods and materials, cost estimating and accounting, according to Education Portal[12] .
Additional costs:
  • Additional costs for carpentry students range from $500-$15,000. For example, Imperial Valley College in Imperial, CA, estimates that building construction students will pay $1,656 for books and supplies for the certificate program. The University of New Mexico[13] in Taos, N.M., estimates room, board, transportation and miscellaneous costs for the certificate program at $9,000-$15,000 per year.
Discounts:
  • Scholarships may be available to qualified students attending a construction training program. The Construction Industry Advancement Program of New Jersey[14] offers scholarships of $2,500-$5,000, while the South East Iowa Builder's Association[15] offers several $1,000 scholarships each year. Associated General Contractors of America[16] issues up to 100 scholarships each year for $7,500.
Shopping for becoming a general contractor:
  • National Contractors offers a searchable database[17] of general contractor licensing requirements by state.
post Post   Comments (1)  
CostHelper News


10 Reasons to Shop Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28
After the retail insanity of Black Friday, consider checking out locally-owned companies on Saturday, Nov. 28. || Posted October 25 2020


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Got my contractors license in Virginia
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: JC Thomas in Richmond, VA.Posted: December 10th, 2019 06:12AM
Type of Program: ExamPrepLength of Program: 3 days
I got my Class A - RBC - Residential Building Contractor license in Virginia by going to a boot-camp style exam prep.
I used https://contractortrainingcenter.com/ and they had everything I needed. $1,200 and about 3 days spread out over a week. You have to take the prelicense course online, then the class A class, then the class A test, then the RBC class, then the RBC test. Sounds like a lot, but it was pretty easy once you know what you are doing.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Becoming a General Contractor
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Program: Length of Program: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  education-portal.com/articles/General_Contractor_Educational_Requirements_for_a_Co...
  2.  www.caspercollege.edu/construction_tech/downloads/construction_tech_g-e-d.pdf
  3.  www.franklintechjoplin.com/CareerTraining/ConstructionTechnologyApplication.pdf
  4.  www.elcamino.edu/admissions/fees.asp
  5.  www.tstc.edu/programs/harlingen/construction/bctaascost
  6.  www.local199.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45&Itemid=55
  7.  www.intechonline.org/apprenticeship_programs/elec_prog_info.html
  8.  www.contractor-licensing.com/florida/general-license.html
  9.  www.contractors-license.org/nc/NorthCarolina.html
  10.  www.contractor-licensing.com/georgia/general-contractor-license.html
  11.  www.bls.gov/ooh/About/Career-Guide-to-Industries.htm
  12.  education-portal.com/articles/General_Contractor_Educational_Requirements_for_a_Co...
  13.  taos.unm.edu/academics/gainful-employment/construction-technology-certificate.html
  14.  72.29.7.114/Scholoarships.asp
  15.  www.seiba.org
  16.  www.agc.org/cs/career_development/foundation/scholarships
  17.  www.contractor-licensing.com
More Schools & Job Training Topics
Check Out All Costs for Schools & Job Training How Much Does High School Cost? How Much Does Welding Training Cost? How Much Does EMT Training and Certification Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Toilet Flange Replacement/ Toilet Reset
Paid: 5294.00
(Break down of pricing was not initially provided and I had to call to speak with a manager to get exact pricing)... [more]
-Gray
Replacing a Toilet Cost
ER visit for ear achech
Paid: 2250.00
I was there in hospital only for 15 minutes. due to Covid Urgent care was closed near my house. Doctor came and prescribe me anti biotic ear drops and pills. Got a rude shock when they charge me with huge bill... [more]
-Deepa
Emergency Room Visit Cost
Overspent?
Paid: 312.00
$312 per pet.Exam39.25Waste disposal 2.99Heart worm 48.30Fecal 25.29DA2P 101.99Lepto 21.50Sentinel 69.34I always feels overcharged when I go here... [more]
-Rebekah
Dog Vaccination Cost
Root tips
Paid: 845.00
Speechless, total ripoff, I have been going to Dr. L. Tabor for many years, I assisted him a few years... [more]
-Terri P
Tooth Extraction Cost
Ignition coils, spark plugs & valve cover gasket
Paid: 107.00
Check engine light came on, code was P0303, third cylinder. Googled causes of code found ignition coil and spark plugs most likely. Ordered parts from Amazon and my husband and I changed them after watching some YouTube videos... [more]
-JLC
Ignition Coil Replacement Cost
A/C repair
Paid: 670.00
Decided to to replace the 35 year old aging AC system. New compressor, accumulator, orifice tube, refrigerant hoses, condenser. Flushed the evaporator. Charged with ozone friendly 12a refrigerant... [more]
-citydragon
Car Air Conditioning Cost