Introduction to Construction Trades Short-Term Training

The Introduction to Construction Trades program is designed to create interest in a variety of construction trades and career paths and is offered in partnership with WE Build Waterloo (Hawkeye Community College and Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity).

Participants will be introduced to thirteen different construction trades, learn introductory skills, have access to employers, and will set themselves on a course for family sustaining wages and benefits.

Completing this curriculum gives the trainee the basic skills needed to continue education in any construction craft area he or she chooses and is recognized as carpentry pre-apprenticeship program.

Participants will also engage in a 12-week housing rehabilitation cohort to develop on the job skills and experience.

Program Topics

  • Basic Safety: Presents basic jobsite safety information to prepare workers for the construction environment. Describes the common causes of workplace incidents and accidents and how to avoid them. Introduces common personal protective equipment, including equipment required for work at height, and its proper use. Information related to safety in several specific environments, including welding areas and confined spaces, is also provided. OSHA 10

  • Introduction to Construction Math: Reviews basic math skills related to the construction trades and demonstrates how they apply to the trades. Covers multiple systems of measurement, decimals, fractions, and basic geometry.

  • Introduction to Hand Tools: Introduces common hand tools used in a variety of construction crafts. Identifies tools and how to safely use them. Also presents proper hand tool maintenance.

  • Introduction to Power Tools: Identifies and describes the operation of many power tools common in the construction environment. Provides instruction on proper use, as well as safe-handling guidelines and basic maintenance.

  • Construction Drawings: Introduces the basic terms, components, and symbols of construction drawings, as well as the most common drawing types. Also covers the interpretation and use of drawing dimensions.

  • Basic Rigging (elective): Provides basic information related to rigging and rigging hardware, such as slings, rigging hitches, and hoists. Emphasizes safe working habits in the vicinity of rigging operations.

  • Basic Communication Skills: Provides techniques for effective communication on the job. Includes examples that emphasize the importance of both written and verbal communication skills. Describes the importance of reading skills in the construction industry and discusses effective telephone and email communication skills.

  • Basic Employability Skills: Describes the opportunities offered by the construction trades. Discusses critical thinking and essential problem-solving skills. Also identifies and discusses positive social skills and presents information on computer systems and their industry applications.

  • Introduction to Materials Handling: Describes the hazards associated with handling materials and provides techniques to avoid both injury and property damage. Also introduces common material handling equipment.

Who Should Enroll

This program is designed for individuals who want to explore the construction trades.

Enrollment Requirements

Participants must be 18 years of age and interested in working in the construction trades.

Participants will have access to High School Completion or English Language Learning courses if needed.

Class Schedule

Application deadline: Friday, February 4, 2022
Orientation: February 16–17, 2022 from 7:30am–12:30pm
12-Week Session: February 21 – May 13, 2022, Monday–Friday from 7:30am–12:30pm

National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Certification

The Introduction to Construction Trades program is certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) which is a nationally recognized provider of construction trades curriculum, assessments, and safety conscious programming.

Students who successfully complete all modules of the Introduction to Construction Trades program will receive NCCER Core Curriculum: Introductory Craft Skills industry recognized certification, Construction Safety, and OSHA 10 certifications.


For more information about the program contact the workforce development coordinator or complete the form below.

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Finishing Workers: $40,000 – $74,999

$ Earn x Learn: Iowa's Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Home Framers: $20,000 – $39,999

Max & Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation
Hawkeye Community College Foundation

Foundation Layers: $10,000 – $19,999

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Here for good.

Site Preppers: $3,000 – $9,999

US Bank Foundation
Lincoln Savings Bank
Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation
Midamerican Energy Company

Construction Planners: $500 – $2,999

Campbell Supply Co. Industrial, Safety, and Construction Supplies
Sherwin Williams
ifc studios + Kut Kings

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Contact Information

Workforce Development Coordinator

Valerie Peterson
Cedar Falls Center
319-296-4296 ext.3110
Email Valerie Peterson

Workforce Training and Community Development

Cedar Falls Center
5330 Nordic Drive
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

319-232-2751 (fax)

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