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Construction Education - Bahamian Contractors’ Association

Construction Education

Should I Become a Contractor?

As a general contractor, you are responsible for supplying the material, labor, and equipment for a construction project. To become a general contractor, you must pass a contractor exam and have at least 4 years of work experience. Though the contractor exam costs money to take, it can help you find positions as a contractor through construction companies. As a licensed general contractor, you can work legally in The Bahamas and maintain a stable living in contracting. See what the Contractor’s Bill 2016 Says

AS a contractor you can perform as a construction laborer or construction manager. A construction laborer works on construction sites, building projects and clearing sites, while a construction manager oversees the construction crews and takes care of scheduling and the financial aspects of construction projects

Working as a construction laborer carries a higher risk of injury than do management positions. Contract laborers must take care with helmets, eye wear, earplugs, heights, lifting heavy objects, and other risk factors to stay safe. While laborers spend their hours completing the manual tasks associated with construction on a site, contracted managers split their time between supervising laborers on location and an office setting. Contractors are hired on a per-job basis and hours may exceed 40 per week, depending on weather, daylight, and deadlines.

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

Most contractors begin their careers as construction trade workers. This field encompasses numerous specialties, such as brick masonry, concrete finishing, metalworking, carpentry and drywall installation. Those interested in becoming contractors should pursue education and training in their area of interest.  The BCA collaborates with Veritas Consultants and other certified individuals to offer speciality courses for the construction industry.

Step 2: Gain Experience

Acquiring specific trade skills in masonry, carpentry and plumbing are integral steps to become a contractor. Prospective contractors also need practical construction experience. Those new to the construction field (particularly in an area that is considered a craft, such as carpentry) start out as apprentices, learning skills of the trade from more experienced members of the field. Some training or education programs may allow the completion of internships or apprenticeships in conjunction with training courses.

Step 3: Seek Advancement

Once the basic construction skills are developed, prospective contractors should develop leadership skills. They can seek positions as management trainees or construction management assistants, through which they learn the managerial skills necessary for contractors. They also make industry contacts and network with construction workers.



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