Florida Contractor Schools with Career Training Options

Research contractor programs in Florida, which currently has around roughly 55 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the programs and get some quick facts for two Florida schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

While formal education is generally not required to become a contractor, some prospective contractors might pursue certificates or degrees in construction management, carpentry management, construction electricity management or building construction technology. Programs in these fields are most often available through 2-year schools at the associate's degree level, and co-op experiences or internships are commonly included to provide hands-on work experience. An apprenticeship may also be required as part of a degree program. Depending on the program completed, graduates may be prepared to work as electrical contractors, construction managers or carpentry contractors.

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers three associate's degree programs for aspiring contractors through the School of Construction, Industrial and Architectural Technologies. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in carpentry management or construction electricity management or an Associate of Science (AS) degree in building construction technology.

The carpentry management program covers construction and OSHA safety codes, planning and estimating, construction design, foundation framework, tools, roofing, building materials, framing and construction drawing. The construction electricity management program covers alternate current (AC) and direct current (DC) theory, electrical maintenance, commercial wiring, residential wiring and National Electrical Code review. Both programs feature co-op experiences at local organizations.

Building construction technology students gain leadership and management skills in the construction field. They learn about construction materials, electrical systems, construction computing, building construction management and construction scheduling.

  • Programs Offered: AAS in Carpentry Management
    AAS in Construction Electricity Management
    AS in Building Construction Technology
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014): $2,830 (in-state), $9,944 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city

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Seminole State College of Florida

Seminole State College of Florida is located in Sanford and is the 10th largest school in the Florida College System with more than 32,000 students enrolled at four campuses across Seminole County, Florida. The college offers certificate and 2-year degree programs in building construction technology, both of which prepare students to become licensed contractors.

The certificate program covers project management, blueprint reading, construction materials, surveying, job site supervision and estimating. Graduates may continue with the associate's degree program, which requires them to enroll in one of the electrical, plumbing or automatic sprinkler apprenticeships offered through the college. In addition to doing a building construction internship, students in the associate's program learn about construction codes, construction documentation, technical writing, architectural design, engineering graphics and construction methods.

  • Programs Offered: Building Construction Technology Technical Certificate
    AS in Building Construction Technology
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014): $3,131 (in-state), $11,456 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type & Setting Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)
Florida State College at Jacksonville 4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city AAS in Carpentry Management,
AAS in Construction Electricity Management,
AS in Building Construction Technology
$2,830 (in-state), $9,944 (out-of-state)*
Seminole State College of Florida 4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city Building Construction Technology Technical Certificate,
AS in Building Construction Technology
$3,131 (in-state), $11,456 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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