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Advice For Pros · November 28, 2022 · AUTHOR: Stanley Bawalan

Associated General Contractors of America: Everything You Need To Know

The Associated General Contractors of America is a construction trade association that provides its members with valuable benefits. If you're in the contracting business, this organization is one that you should consider joining. 

The AGC provides various services and resources to its members, such as legal assistance/risk management resources, cooperative purchasing programs, safety & health management resources, and more.

In this guide, we'll take an in-depth look at what exactly the AGC does for contractors like yourself. We'll discuss everything from membership fees to how joining will benefit your business's bottom line.

The Associated General Contractors of America

What is the Associated General Contractors of America?

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is a trade association for general contractors. It's the largest construction trade association in the United States, with over 22,000 members. AGC promotes the interests of its members and provides training and education to help them do their jobs better.

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Association Memberships

The Associated General Contractors of America is a member of the Construction Industry Roundtable (CIR). In addition, AGC is a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), as well as several other associations.

The CIR is a coalition of organizations that work together to promote policies that benefit all contractors, including the AGC. The CIR combines efforts with other groups such as ABC and NAHB by sharing information about trends in their industries through conferences and publications.

In addition to its work with these industry-specific organizations, AGC also participates in cross-sectoral projects like Operation HOPE & HOME, which helps provide veterans with housing options after they leave active duty by providing them with training courses on how to become skilled labor contractors or real estate agents who can assist these veterans find jobs in the construction industry upon returning home from service abroad

Why the AGC Is Different?

The AGC was founded in the early 20th century by contractors who wanted a way to provide benefits for their employees. It wasn't long before the AGC began offering things like insurance, retirement plans, and other services that helped contractors thrive.

This makes them different from other trade organizations because they are not made up of manufacturers or distributors—they're made up of contractors themselves. This means that while they still advocate for access to affordable materials and equipment, they do so with an eye toward letting their members succeed on their own terms.

The AGC provides resources like training programs and networking events so its members can learn what they need to know about running successful businesses. They also offer benefits such as health coverage options (including dental care), life insurance policies for your business owner(s), legal assistance through expert attorneys who understand construction law issues better than anyone else does...the list goes on!

Who Can Join the AGC?

Anyone who is a member of a participating trade association can become a member of the AGC. This includes any business or individual who is:

  • A contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or employee of contractors or subcontractors

  • An individual who provides goods or services to contractors or subcontractors

How Do I Become a Member?

To become a member, you can join online or in person. If you choose to join in person, there are many locations where you can do so. You can also use the AGC's website to find one of their local chapters and meet with someone from that chapter.

AGC members receive a number of benefits for joining such as access to resources and information on current projects within the industry. The AGC also has a robust network of local chapters which provide networking opportunities for members at all levels within the construction field.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Associated General Contractors of America, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to A/GCA's extensive resources and publications library

  • Membership in state/regional chapters and local councils of your choice

  • Representation by association members on legislative issues that impact the industry (and all contractors)

Cooperative Purchasing Program

If you're a member of AGC, you can take advantage of the AGC's Cooperative Purchasing Program. The National Association of Construction Purchasing Officers (NACPO) is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to helping contractors and suppliers work together better by providing education, networking opportunities, and insight into industry trends. NACPO members include public works departments as well as private companies.

The general contractor purchasing service helps contractors find quality products at competitive prices by providing access to volume-based discounts on products and services needed in construction projects like:

  • HVAC systems

  • Roofing materials

  • Electrical supplies

Construction Market Data Source

The Construction Market Data Source (CMDS) is a subscription-based service that provides construction market data and research. CMDS provides construction industry trends, forecasts, analysis, and news items.

CMDS offers a variety of subscription tiers to suit your needs:

  • Basic – $10/month or $100/year for 14 days of access to the full report archive including the most recent 200+ reports published by CMDS. You can also purchase individual reports at any time for $19 each

  • Standard – $20/month or $200/year for 30 days of access with all features available except custom table creation which costs an additional fee per table

  • Professional – Unlimited access starting from just $50/month or $500/year

Construction Project Leads

AGC provides leads for construction projects. The leads they provide include information about the project, such as its location and contact information for both the client and AGC.

AGC also provides a range of services that have helped them become one of the largest general contractors in America:

Legal Assistance/Risk Management Resources

The AGC also provides legal services and risk management resources. In addition to being a member of the American Construction Lawyers Association (ACLA), they have a construction law hotline and an online Legal Resource Center with information on all aspects of the construction industry. They also offer a legal hotline for their members, who may be able to take advantage of this service if they qualify.

Safety & Health Management Resources

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) offers a variety of resources and services to help you manage your safety program. The following tools are available to AGC members and non-members, but access is limited to AGC members who have paid their annual dues through the end of the calendar year:

  • Safety training and certification

  • Safety management system (SMS) assistance

  • Safety audits and assessments

  • Performance measurement software

Access these tools with an AGC login from your desktop computer or mobile phone.

Learn more about the AGC and why it's good for contractors

The AGC is a great resource for contractors. The AGC offers a lot of help and support to contractors, and they have a lot of resources available to help you become more successful in your business. With the information and services offered by the AGC, you can learn more about the construction industry so that you can grow your company faster than ever before.


The AGC is a great association to join if you are a contractor looking to grow your business. They have all of the resources you need to do this and more, including legal assistance and risk management resources. If you are looking for an organization that can help with your construction project leads, or if you want the ability to purchase items in bulk at discounted rates then they will be able to help out as well!

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