Thinking about a job in contracting? How about a job as a dry wall contractor. Drywall contractors do the installation and repairs of dry wall in buildings and homes. Drywall is also known as gypsum, wall board, and sheetrock. Drywall contractors work will other contractors and homeowners and business or building owners.
In order to be a drywall contractor, a high school diploma or GED is at least required. People can enter into a drywall apprenticeship program where they will get on-the-job training and classroom instruction that pays them. This program can run from two to four years. Another way to become a drywall contractor is to work for an experienced drywaller, and train with them for up to a year. As time goes on, the person will rise in rank and take on more and more responsibilities.
To become a drywaller, you will need a contractor license. The type of license a drywaller needs varies from state to state. Some states require a general contractor’s license and other states require a specialty license. In order to get the license, a person must have the correct amount of work experience and pass an examination about drywalling and business operations. Some states also require a person to have a college degree related to construction or a minimum amount of college credits. It’s important to find out what the state you work in requires so you will be working legally.
This job is hard, as it is physically demanding; a drywaller has to stand, bend, climb, and lift heavy objects often. On average, objects can weigh 50 to 100 pounds so physical strength and stamina is necessary.
A drywaller can work independently or work with a crew of drywallers. As a business owner (and a drywaller) a business license is needed to practice. Also, many states require drywall contractors to have liabirty and workers’ compensation insurance.
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