Training, Education and Certifications: Certifications
Offers training on whole-house diagnostics and repair, HVAC system installation and maintenance, and new home construction.
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Provides information about training, certification and careers in air conditioning contracting; directory of HVACR schools and vocational programs, organized by state.
Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute
Specifiers/Contractors provides education and career tools; list of upcoming workshops; workforce development fact sheet. Workforce Development includes information about Highly Skilled Trades Education Alliance.
Alabama Industrial Development Training
Offers job-specific workforce development for Alabama's new and existing industries. Lists training programs available; training centers; companies with current workforce training projects; and job opportunities with specific employers available to training program graduates.
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
Offers workshops on blueprint reading, building energy efficiency standards, cost estimating for general contractors, log building construction, universal design.
American Boiler Manufacturers Association
Provides information about self-study and instructor-led training courses.
American Concrete Institute
Provides seminars on changes in building codes.
American Concrete Pavement Association
Contains information on workshops, seminars and training programs.
American Fire Sprinkler Association
Offers online seminars, short-term programs, correspondence courses and on-site training in sprinkler design, installation and safety.
American Gear Manufacturers Association
Lists training courses, technical seminars and on-site training for the gear industry sponsored by AGMA.
American Indoor Air Quality Council
Offers workshops on mold, HVAC's impact on indoor air quality.
American Society for Nondestructive Testing
Links contains directory of vocational, junior and four-year colleges offering NDT courses; lists NDT courses offered by independent trainers and companies.
American Society for Quality
Offers in-person training and online courses on ISO 9001 and in engineering, environmental management, project management, quality management, preventing defects, reducing waste.
American Society for Testing and Materials
Lists technical and professional training courses.
American Traffic Safety Services Association
Provides information about roadway safety training opportunities, including state-specific announcements. Visitors can download forms, view course offerings and related information, and register online.
American Welding Society
Education provides information about WeldAcademy courses; schedule of Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance courses; Welding School Locator directory of U.S., Canadian, international schools. Bookstore lists educational and training materials for sale.
Arkansas Department of Career Education
Provides links to technical institutes; list of education programs available at each institute/college; information about apprenticeships and training; list of apprenticeship programs by occupation, with contact information; information on Construction Industry Craft Training Education Program and funding application.
Offers educational courses on pavement, Superpave and mix design.
Associated Builders and Contractors
Provides information about craft training and apprenticeship programs.
Associated General Contractors of America
Lists online courses; management development programs; provides information about Supervisory Training Program.
Association for Facilities Engineering
Certification provides information on certification programs for plant engineers, plant supervisors, plant maintenance managers and recertification process; FAQs; code of ethics; offers for sale sample questions and review materials for certification exams.
Association of Millwork Distributors (formerly National Sash and Door Jobbers Association)
Offers millwork home study course for sale.
Best of Building Science Online Training
Online training module that incorporates Home Energy Magazine articles, Department of Energy Building America technology reports, other sources into a video format designed for builders, subcontractors and design professionals in the residential construction business.
Building Basics: English as Second Language Toolkit for General Construction, Landscaping, Painting and Plumbing
Created by the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center, site is intended to teach non-native speakers of English vocabulary and skills needed for construction jobs. Resources for teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) include online lesson plans; lessons; study materials for general construction, landscaping, painting, plumbing.
Building Operator Certification
Provides information about training and certification for building operators, including certification levels and skills required for each level; eligibility; test schedules and locations.
Building Owners and Managers Association
Lists conferences, offers online seminars and training packages for building owners and managers.
California Department of General Services
Small Business Program provides listings of Business Community Training and Workshops.
California Environmental Protection Agency
Includes information on Underground Storage Tank Program, including Upgrade Compliance Certification and UST Training Program.
California Occupational Information Coordinating Committee
Can look up training resources in California by location or type of training; links to education-resources Internet sites.
California State University, Sacramento
Department of Civil Engineering offers information about the Office of Water Programs, a foundation providing distance learning courses for persons interested in operation and maintenance of drinking water and wastewater facilities. Lists courses offered, course contents and costs. Can order class materials online. Provides contact information for Water/Distribution/Wastewater/Collection Certification Offices, listed by state/province in alphabetical order. Academic Programs under Regional and Continuing Education offers certificate programs in Autodesk/AutoCAD and Facilities Management. Lists program description, requirements, course contents, price and schedules.
California State University, San Diego
College of Extended Studies offers professional development courses and seminars; certificate programs in construction inspection technology, construction practices, geographic information systems and occupational safety and health management. Provides program description, list of courses, prices, dates and online registration option.
Web-based safety training system that provides online training courses for teams of any size, with built-in verification and record-keeping features. Courses, data access and records can be customized for individual employees. Registered users can view product demo.
Community and Technical Colleges
Many community and technical colleges offer training in construction craft skills, including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, welding and HVAC, and for technicians in engineering, drafting, surveying and architecture. State community college systems are listed, with links to their Web sites. Follow those links to local campuses and particular training programs. Also included are resource sites that list technical and community colleges and provide finding tools for locating them. Click here for the listing.
Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association
Offers training programs for beginner and experienced concrete-cutting equipment operators and an OSHA Construction Safety Course.
Construction Craft Training Center
Construction training school in Northern California with programs in construction crafts, safety, apprenticeship, task training and journeyman upgrade and accelerated programs. Gives information on program recognitions, class locations, tuition costs, job placement, advanced placement testing, etc. Each program lists courses, dates, locations and prices; also provides list of classes organized by title and location. Contains printable application form.
Construction Education Connection
Contains links to colleges, institutes and organizations offering training, continuing education and certification courses for construction industry workers and professionals.
Construction Estimating Institute
Offers home-study courses in residential/commercial and civil/sitework blueprint reading; online construction math course; continuing education courses for Florida contractors. Offers seminars on estimating for building construction; project management and scheduling; and sitework and civil estimating. Offers Florida licensing study and exam preparation; provides schedules, exam application package and online quizzes.
Construction Industry Training Council of Colorado
Lists apprenticeship training courses in carpentry, sheet metal, electrical, pipefitting, plumbing trades; upgrade classes in aerial work, forklift work, welding, door and hardware, crew leader, International Building Code overview. Lists participating contractors.
Construction Industry Training Council of Washington
Offers electrical and plumbing continuing education courses; electrician and plumber trainee courses; apprenticeship and craft training; training programs for employers; online continuing education courses. Lists training locations statewide.
Online construction career portal. Student resources include career guide; directory of college programs searchable by state, industry segment and curriculum; list of scholarships offered by construction industry organizations and companies; online library of career videos and articles; list of industry career fairs and calendar of professional conventions. Teacher resources include guide to industry professions and trades; database of curriculum resources from industry organizations and companies; and online instructional materials store.
Education offers online courses for new and experienced builders (Project Management, Bid Strategy and Basic Estimating). Can view full course synopsis and register online.
Council of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Educators
Lists member HVACR trainers and schools; lists workshops for trainers.
Crane Certification Association of America
Provides information about crane surveyor certification program; searchable database of members and experts; links to manufacturer service bulletins, manufacturer repair manuals, manufacturer Web sites; directory of training resources; events calendar; blog; links to agencies, organizations regulating, setting standards for cranes; newsletter archive; news about cranes; archive of articles by members.
Crane Institute of America Certification
Provides information about certification of crane operators, riggers and signal persons. Includes downloadable handbook; online registration for practical and written exams, exam dates, locations, prep tips, sample questions; information about loads, specifications; FAQs.
Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services provides a guide to setting up an apprenticeship program and apprenticeship program standards.
Door and Hardware Institute
Lists training, technical, education programs offered.
Energy Efficient Building Association
Institute of Building Technology offers courses and programs in building and construction science, including the MasterBuilder Program and Houses That Work program.
Offers seminars, training programs and online seminars for facility professionals. Visitors can register online.
Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association
Offers on-site floor covering installation training course to members.
Floor Covering Installer Magazine
Offers training classes for carpet, wood, tile, laminate, other floor installers.
Florida Atlantic University, Institute for Design and Construction
Safety Science Program offers construction and industrial safety classes, including Accredited Program for Construction Safety. Construction Technology offers training in estimating, classes in project administration, coordination. Construction Management Program offers management training for contractors; includes guide to obtaining Florida contractor's license.
Florida Department of Community Affairs, Building Code Information System
Can sign up for online or instructor-led code core training and view building code training rules, statutes, course accreditation information.
Florida Department of Transportation
Roadway Design Office provides training schedule, requirements and list of approved providers and instructors. State Specifications Office offers training in preparing specification packages. State Construction Office provides construction management and project management training schedules; lists statewide and regional seminars and district-specific classes; provides Construction Training and Qualification manual, application and information about self-study program.
Lists professional courses and seminars for facilities managers.
Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research at the University of Southern California
Offers courses for backflow prevention testers and cross-connection control specialists; training materials for sale.
Portal for green building education that offers United States Green Building Council courses, articles, videos, conference proceedings, other educational resources.
Hawaii, Building Industry Association of
Construction Training Center lists training courses and programs for contractors, including construction math, construction communications, safety, scaffold safety, builders' risk insurance, Residential Construction Academy.
Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Workforce Redevelopment Division offers construction training resources.
Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Education Foundation
Offers online certification, training and building official training programs.
Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International
Provides information about Home Study Institute distance learning courses for heating-cooling-refrigeration professionals. Resource Links list HVACR schools.
Home Builders Institute
NAHB education and training resource for the home building industry. Provides information about continuing education and training programs, including course descriptions and schedules, list of craft and trade training providers, and publications.
Home Energy Magazine
Lists builder training programs by state, with descriptions, contacts, links.
Offers on-site HVAC code, design and maintenance training programs in Ohio and Kentucky. Can register online; offers training and design materials for sale.
Offers online training programs for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. Courses prepare students for installation and service-level NATE (North American Technician Excellence) exams and for the CM (Certified Member) or NTC (National Technician Certification) from the Refrigeration Service Engineer Society. Visitors can view sample course and course summaries.
Illinois Capital Development Board
Gives schedules for A/E project manager and contractor training workshops.
Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries, Inc.
Provides schedule of training classes and links to online technical training videos.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Bureau of Workforce Development lists employment and training centers; provides directory of certified training providers.
International Association of Foundation Drilling
Offers seminars and training courses.
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
Lists IAPMO Plumbing and Mechanical Code seminars.
International Communications Industries Association
Offers training courses in installation and facilities design.
International Erosion Control Association
Offers professional training courses in erosion and sediment control. Visitors can download registration form and view upcoming dates and locations for a training course on the new NPDES Phase II storm water regulations for construction sites. Users can sign up for online safety, environmental compliance and other training courses.
International Facility Management Association
Professional Development offers courses in operations and maintenance, plan and project management, and other areas.
International Masonry Institute
Lists training centers; provides training calendar; information about Masonry Camp apprenticeship program.
International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry
Provides information about training courses, application forms, course schedule and link to purchase training materials online.
International Union of Operating Engineers
Offers certification to operators of boom truck cranes, lattice boom cranes, overhead cranes, telescopic boom cranes and tower cranes. Provides requirements, information about written and practical exams.
Kansas State University Superpave Training Program
Offers Superpave training courses; provides schedule and registration form.
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Bluegrass State Skills Corporation contains interactive wizard that helps businesses find suitable training programs and directory of training providers.
Contains calendar of landscaping training, certification classes, seminars.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Environment, Health and Safety Division offers courses in general safety, electrical safety, hazardous materials handling, occupational and industrial hygiene, and waste management.
Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's School of Architecture
Lighting Product Information Program contains online photosensor tutorial. Offers online lighting education programs and short courses in lighting, landscape lighting and fiber optic lighting.
Louisiana Department of Labor
LAWorks for businesses contains information for owners and employers about worker training programs.
Louisiana State University, Louisiana Transportation Research Center
Provides information about training and certification programs for construction, pavement, structural concrete technicians; profilograph operators and evaluators. Lists training offices.
Mason Contractors Association of America
Provides information about training programs for future masonry tradesmen and education programs for masonry contractors, safety training.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Lists trade academies in Michigan that provide training in engineering, construction and other fields.
Mississippi Development Authority
Employment Training Division describes training programs under the Workforce Investment Act and the Job Training Partnership Act.
National Association of Women in Construction Education Foundation
Provides information about training and continuing education programs.
National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors
Lists training seminars and courses.
National Center for Construction Education and Research
Construction and Maintenance Curricula and Craft Skills Assessment offer standardized craft training curriculum, accreditation guidelines and downloadable accreditation application forms. Provides description of training certification programs and National Training Registry statistics. Describes interactive CD-ROM training, Skills Assessment Process and offers Craft Assessment executive summary. Features "School-to-Career" handbook intended to assist students, educators and employers to begin participation in School-To-Career (STC) Registered Apprenticeship Programs. Full text in PDF format. Crane Certification provides information about crane operator certification program developed in cooperation with the North American Crane Bureau and Prov exam services. Includes information on standards met by program, crane loads, specifications, FAQs; lists certification providers, practical examiners. Can download candidate handbook for mobile crane operators, incident forms, certification information.
National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators
Provides information about certification programs for mobile, tower, overhead, articulating crane operators, signalpersons, riggers; can download candidate handbooks, applications for written and practical exams, publications, forms, checklists. Describes recertification policy; provides forms, information on recertification of mobile, tower, overhead crane operators. Includes training resource materials; list of training providers; information on practical examiner program and hosting examinations; crane safety studies; FAQs; news; information on crane certification through DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support). State Licensing Requirements lists states and cities that certify or license crane operators, with links to programs or regulations when available.
National Conference of Standards Laboratories – NCSL International
Provides information about metrology training available from a variety of organizations.
National Electrical Contractors Association
Management Education Institute offers online courses.
National Fire Sprinkler Association
Offers sprinkler system training seminars.
National Glass Association
Provides information about education, training and certification programs.
National Ground Water Association
Offers training courses, lectures, and in-house training programs.
National Insulation Association
Provides information about training program and seminars.
National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
Offers electrical apprentice, journeyman and contractor training courses; provides downloadable registration form and online courses.
National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association
Offers Forklift Operator Training Program materials for sale.
National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association
Visitors can apply online for NOFMA/NWFA School training program.
National Roofing Contractors Association
Lists NRCA-sponsored educational programs; lists worker training publications available for sale.
National Safety Council
Provides information about safety training for construction contractors and equipment operators.
National Systems Contractors Association
NSCA University lists electronic system technician apprenticeship and certification programs; training courses in project management and estimating of system projects; project management for owners; includes course registration forms.
National Training Center for Stone and Masonry Trades
Offers training, seminars and workshops with a focus on fabrication, historical stone restoration, interior and exterior stone restoration and maintenance, and design.
Nebraska Department of Labor
Nebraska TrainingLink provides directory of training programs searchable by field, provider or occupation; registered training providers can post program offerings online.
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Provides information about training and apprenticeship programs.
New York Department of Labor
Includes information about training and technical assistance programs.
North American Crane Bureau
Provides information on mobile crane operator certification program developed with the National Center for Construction Education and Research. Includes information on standards met by program, registration, requirements, test dates, examiners.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Lists OSHA training courses and programs; training sites; other training materials.
Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons Job Corps
Training contains information about plasterers and cement masons training and placement program. Provides information about training and placement and lists placement coordinators.
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Lists employer training seminars and provides information about onsite training program.
Oregon Employment Department
Educational Information Center contains instructional program database searchable by trade or occupation.
Oregon State University
Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering offers training for lead abatement supervisors/contractors, inspectors, risk assessors and workers, surveying workshops and Transportation Research Institute workshops. Provides schedules, fees and description of courses for the current academic year; can register online.
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
Lists training programs.
Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation
Accredits training programs in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration. Lists accredited schools.
Pennsylvania Code Training Consortium
Contains database of building code training programs, searchable by region, intended audience and dates.
Pennsylvania: Workforce and Economic Development Network
Online alliance of Pennsylvania's state universities, community and technical colleges. Lists certificate and degree programs, with links to colleges and program details. Includes course catalog. Can enroll online for selected courses. Online training offers courses for electricians, forklift operators and in occupational safety, other subjects.
Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association
Provides information about apprenticeships, training; manuals. Chapter Resource Center includes library of apprenticeship and training documents.
Offers seminars and workshops on post-tensioning design.
North Central Superpave Center contains schedule of Superpave training courses.
Refrigeration Service Engineers Society
Provides information about training courses on air conditioning, refrigeration, control systems, heating, electricity and heat pumps.
Offers training courses on applied microbial remediation; construction failure investigation; mold remediation; project management; and health and safety.
Retail Contractors Association
Describes supervisory and safety training programs offered by RCA.
Rocky Mountain Institute
Contains information about seminars and lectures on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, environmentally responsible building and about builder-training workshops.
Roof Consultants Institute
Lists self-study training materials available; offers roofing and moisture-proofing courses.
Solid Waste Association of North America
Offers certification program in construction waste and demolition debris; home study training package; landfill and other study courses.
South Dakota Bureau of Personnel, Training
Lists training courses available, including asphalt maintenance; concrete paving; concrete testing; construction math; construction measurement and payment systems; earthwork; flagger certification; highway plans reading; materials sampling and testing; legal issues; time management. Provides exam review for engineers-in-training, land surveyors, professional engineers; courses for employers and business owners.
Southern Pine Council
Lists wood seminars at universities.
Southface Energy Institute
Offers energy code workshops, home energy rater training and homebuilding school in the Southwest.
Steel Framing Alliance
Offers building inspector seminars on the review of light gauge steel structures; contains information about national training curriculum for residential steel framing.
Texas A&M University, College Station
Center for Dredging Studies at the Department of Civil Engineering offers dredging short courses.
Tile Council of North America
Links to Ceramic Tile Education Foundation courses in technologies, techniques, installation and design, with course schedules and online registration form.
Tilt-Up Concrete Association
Offers seminars, training courses on tilt-up design, construction.
Timber Framers Guild
Offers timber framing workshops.
Building Science Department at Auburn University offers online trench safety tutorial based on OSHA requirements for construction excavation safety. Contains lesson curriculum; information about online registration and continuing education credit; sample tutorial; and trench safety glossary.
Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc.
UL University offers seminars on product safety compliance and certification.
Unions in the Construction Industry
Lists and links to the Web sites of unions in the construction industry. Many provide information on apprenticeships and careers.
University of California, Los Angeles
Center for Occupational and Environmental Health lists training courses and outreach activities.
University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Center for Transportation Research
Offers training program in railroad track inspection and maintenance; lists Tennessee Transportation Assistance Program workshops.
Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Contains asbestos and lead training schedule and list of providers.
Virginia Department of Transportation
Offers online guardrail installation, inspection, and repair training course; and CADD and plan reading training. Careers contains information about the Engineer Development Program designed for entry level civil engineers to gain experience through on-the-job training.
Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
Eligible Training Provider List can be searched by region, provider or program to find training programs in architectural design, drafting, CAD, building/construction, building maintenance, carpentry, civil drafting/engineering, civil engineering technology, construction equipment operation, construction inspection, construction technology, drywall, electrical trades, engineering, HVAC, masonry, occupational safety and health, painting, plastering, plumbing, project management, sheet metal, welding, woodworking and other trades.
World Floor Covering Association
Provides flooring installation training calendar.
Wood Truss Council of America
Education and Training offers risk management seminar; truss technician training; workshops and seminars related to truss design, installation and inspection.