California Contractor Schools with Training Overviews

Jul 31, 2019

Essential Information

Contractor training programs prepare students to coordinate the construction of buildings and homes, from planning budgets to supplying labor, materials and equipment. These programs are most often offered by 2-year schools as certificate and associate's degree programs in construction management, construction development or construction technology. Certificate programs sometimes are available in both basic and advanced levels, with basic programs providing core building construction skills and advanced programs going more in depth on building codes, surveying and construction methods. Some contractor training programs include internships.

City College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco has 11 campuses throughout the San Francisco area. This school offers two certificates and an associate's degree in construction management that prepare students for careers as general contractors, construction managers and sub-contractors.

Students pursuing the Certificate of Accomplishment learn about introductory construction management, construction graphics, scheduling, cost estimating and project administration. The Certificate of Achievement program includes the previous certificate's courses with additional coursework in construction methods and materials, surveying, building structures, professional practice, international building codes and business computer applications. The 42-unit associate's degree requires the same courses needed for the Certificate of Accomplishment program, as well as classes in architecture, business and construction materials and methods. Internship opportunities are available for associate's degree program students.

Orange Coast College

Located in the California coastal town of Costa Mesa, Orange Coast College offers a range of construction management programs for aspiring contractors through its technology division. Candidates may earn certificates or associate's degrees.

The general contracting and development certificate program includes classes in land and building development, construction estimating and contractor business practices. The residential construction development certificate program includes basic courses in building construction, drafting and blueprint reading, as well as electives in topics such as contractor license law, project management, estimating and building codes. Students who attain the residential construction development certificate and fulfill general education requirements earn the associate's degree in the same field.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type & Setting Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
City College of San Francisco 2-year, public; large city Certificate of Accomplishment in Construction Management: Core Skills,
Certificate of Achievement in Construction Management: Advanced Skills,
AS in Construction Management
$1,696 (in-state), $10,372 (out-of-state)*
Orange Coast College 2-year, public; midsize city Certificate of Completion in General Contracting and Development,
Certificate of Achievement in Residential Construction Development,
AA in Residential Construction Development
$1,186 (in-state), $7,978 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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