Home Improvement License

Would You Enjoy a Career Like This?

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Home improvement contractors coordinate and supervise the construction process from the conceptual development stage through final construction, making sure that the project gets completed on time and within budget. They also manage the selection of trade contractors to complete specific phases of the project. Are you a handy-person? You would enjoy home improvement if you like to work on and be in charge of residential construction and repair projects.

You will need to be able to read and follow plans, understand regulations, use a variety of tools, and have some math skills to be successful in home improvement. The more trades you are familiar with and the more skills you can offer, the more successful you can be in this field. You could be running your own business with your home improvement license.

What This Career Could Mean For You

Employment of home improvement contractors is projected to continue to increase faster than the average for all occupations during the 2016-26 decade.

Individuals that could be hired as construction managers can reach incomes up to about $105,000 in Maryland, and are also typically qualified to become self-employed home improvement or general contractors.

Home Improvement License at HCC

Students that successfully complete this course are prepared to sit for the Maryland Home Improvement License Examination. A secondary objective is to familiarize students with the home improvement contractor business. 


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Tenth grade reading level preferred
  • Construction experience preferred

Total approximate cost is $350. Total instructional hours are 12.

For more information, please contact:
Victor Cyran, vcyran@harford.edu

Employers: Harford Community College offers customized training to meet the needs of your business.

**We can design training for the specific needs of your organization at one of our facilities, or at your location. We also offer training utilizing the strengths of the Maryland Community College Network. Even if HCC doesn't have an expert to meet your needs, we can still help with this statewide partnership. Contact us about what your needs are, and we can develop a training program to support you!**

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Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Industries at a Glance and Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Construction Managers