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Careers In Construction

ABC, its 69 chapters and its 21,000+ members are doing their part to educate craft and management professionals using innovative and flexible learning models like just-in-time task training, competency-based progression, work-based learning and government registered apprenticeships to build a safe, skilled and productive workforce.

Our flexible, affordable craft and safety education leads to industry-recognized, national credentials for today’s leading construction positions. Together, we help individuals pursue meaningful careers that advance their potential, offer family sustaining wages and lead to the American Dream.


 

Chapter Education: The Place to Start

Tens of thousands of apprentices and craft students are educated in more than 20 construction crafts through a national ABC network of 69 chapters across the country. To learn more, contact your local chapter or visit their website.

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InstructOR Education

Note: To earn the Effective Educator Certification, the participant must complete both the ABC Effective Educator and ABC Virtual Instructor Certification Programs.

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Teaching adults takes knowledge, passion, psychology, entertainment, structure and more. The ABC Effective Educator Certification Program provides the tools, techniques and skills to not only share critical information, but also translate that knowledge to participants in exciting, interesting, attention-getting ways. Most importantly, the instructors can set their participants up for success by ensuring they will be able to bridge the gap between education and application.

Here is what the ABC Effective Educator Certification Program includes:

  • • Class size limited to nine participants
  • • Eight 90-minute webinar sessions per class PLUS discussion groups, supporting videos, individual presentations with feedback and more!
Here are the topics you will master:
  • • Module 1 - The latest adult learning principles
  • • Module 2 - Teaching tips and tricks, meaningful activities and learning motivation
  • • Module 3 - Classroom management
  • • Module 4 - The best teaching styles for your topic
  • • Module 5 - Edutainment: Creating stories, examples, analogies, effective visuals and demonstrations
  • • Modules 6-8 - Presentations and feedback
Registration is now open for the 2022 Effective Educator Certification Program classes. See the 2022 calendar below and register today!
  • • $275 registration fee

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Delivering instruction virtually takes unique strategies because traditional classroom methods don’t always translate well in the virtual environment. The ABC Virtual Instructor Certification Program is designed to ensure your instructors are learning the best practices, tools and proven techniques for teaching virtually. Upon completing this program, your instructors will have the tools, techniques and skills necessary to seamlessly transition from in-person education to the virtual environment with confidence.

Here is what the ABC Virtual Instructor Certification Program includes:
  • • Class size is limited to nine participants
  • • Six 60-minute webinar sessions per class PLUS discussion groups, individual presentations with feedback and more!
Here are the topics you will master:
  • • Module 1: Translating from in-person education to virtual
  • • Module 2: Virtual tools and making them work for you
  • • Module 3: Testing, evaluating and coaching to make it stick
  • • Module 4-6: Presentations and feedback
Registration is also now open for the 2022 Virtual Instructor Certification Program classes. See the 2022 calendar below and register today!
  • • $275 registration fee

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Click here to register for the 2022 Virtual Instructor Certification and/or Effective Educator Certification Programs.


U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Office of Apprenticeship Bulletin 2010-13 Delivery of Related Instruction through Electronic Media
To inform Office of Apprenticeship (OA) staff, State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) staff, registered apprenticeship program sponsors and other registered apprenticeship partners of the definition and requirements for the delivery of related instruction through the use of electronic media, as provided in § 29.5(b)(4) of revised Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 29, Labor Standards for Registration of Apprenticeship Programs.
 

NCCER Virtual Training Options
In response to the current medical concerns and restrictions affecting schools, training organizations and businesses, NCCER has said that virtual training is always an option. Instructor-led training may be conducted online through various platforms of your choice, such as Zoom, Skype and more. Click the bold text above to learn more about how NCCER and Pearson can assist you. 

How to use Zoom for Remote and Online learning
A Zoom tutorial demonstrating functionality and discussing how it can be used for virtual education. Click the bold text above to watch the 10:28 video.

Securing your Zoom Video Conferences
A step-by-step guide for securing your Zoom video conferences from unauthorized entry.

Essential or Not, All Construction Requires Enhanced Safety Protocols
Can construction continue safely within CDC guidelines? In some instances, it can’t, but in many cases, it can — and it should, writes Associated Builders and Contractors' Greg Sizemore.
 

February’s Construction Spending Decline Indicates What’s to Come, Says ABC
National nonresidential construction spending fell 1.8% in February, but is up 2.5% compared to the same time last year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $795.1 billion for the month. 

Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus). 

Bulletin: Flexibilities for Registered Apprenticeship Programs to more easily use online instruction and promote social distancing

U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published more guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it goes into effect on April 1, 2020. 

Employment and Training Administration
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits. These services are primarily provided through state and local workforce development systems. 

Search Government Grants Website
Government website providing filter and search capabilities to locate available grants.

Code of Federal Regulations Title 29 Website
Website with links providing access to all parts of CFR 29.
Interactive web portal to locate advisories and directives.

U.S. DOL Employment and Training Administration Advisories Website
Interactive web portal to locate advisories and directives.

NCCER Virtual Training Options
In response to the current medical concerns and restrictions affecting schools, training organizations and businesses, NCCER has said that virtual training is always an option. Instructor-led training may be conducted online through various platforms of your choice, such as Zoom, Skype and more. Click the bold text above to learn more about how NCCER and Pearson can assist you. 

NCCERConnect
Pearson has partnered with NCCER to create an online training program that prepares students for work as craft professionals. 

BYF: Build Your Future
Build Your Future aims to be the catalyst for recruiting the next generation of craft professionals. We provide a collaborative grassroots approach to construction workforce forecasting and development that includes recruitment, training, placement, retention and image enhancement strategies.;

Southwire Instructor Resources
Southwire is providing instructors access to their online repository of Southwire Solutions University courses for professional development and as a resource to augment registered and non-registered apprenticeship program classes. Use of this content is free of charge and the catalog of courses will continue expand over time.

Milwaukee Jobsite Product Safety Sheet
Milwaukee has provided a jobsite product safety sheet for distribution and use during the delivery of your classes. Simply follow the link under the tool name or use the QR code and you will have access to a short and informative safety video about each tool. These videos are excellent resources to spice up your classes or use as toolbox safety topics.
 

AMVETS
AMVETS (American Veterans) is the nation’s most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, representing the interests of 20 million veterans. AMVETS is open to and fighting for all who honorably served in the United States military, including the Reserve and Guard. With more than 250,000 members nationwide, we are veterans serving veterans.

HIRE Vets Medallion Program
The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. Apply now.

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Contract to Assist Veterans in Transition to Civilian Workforce
The awarded contract fulfills the requirements of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 by providing for the instruction of a mandatory employment workshop and two elective employment-related workshops. The one-day mandatory employment workshop will be designed for all transitioning service members and will provide career exploration and the fundamentals to a successful transition from the military into a civilian career. A two-day employment workshop with in-class exercises will focus transitioning service members on the steps required to successfully transition into a civilian career. Another two-day workshop is designed for service members who seek “earn and learn” apprenticeships programs as well as other paths to attain industry-recognized credentials that do not require a bachelor’s degree. A high-level summary of the pilot program and participating bases can be located here.

NCCER Curriculum
Since developing the "Wheels of Learning" craft training curricula in the 1980's, ABC has become the world leader in apprenticeship and craft training in the merit shop construction industry. ABC now works closely with its educational affiliate, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), in the development, revision and publication of the NCCER Curriculum, which is competency-based, task-driven, modular craft training curricula based on today's construction industry practices.
Registered Apprenticeship Programs
ABC provides formal apprenticeship training programs that are registered with the United States Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. These programs meet all federal and state requirements for formal apprenticeship and prevailing wage work including employer-sponsored classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Upon successful completion, craft workers are recognized at the journey level in their trade and are awarded their apprenticeship certificate.