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INTRODUCTION

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

TRAINING CENTER RULES

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Introduction

The nature of the job of a Construction Craft Laborer has changed much since the formation of the Laborers’ International Union of North America a century ago, and the Northern California Laborers’ Training Center is committed to keeping pace.

Northern California was the birthplace more than 30 years ago of the concept of a formalized program of training Construction Craft Laborers to ensure they work safely and productively. The training program is funded through an agreement between LIUNA and its signatory contractors in 46 Northern California counties.

Every year, thousands of LIUNA members are trained in a variety of skills and techniques, from asphalt paving to hazardous waste removal. Our sprawling state-of-the-art campus nestled on 300 acres of rolling hills in San Ramon is the envy of the nation.

The instructors at the Laborers’ Training Center are committed to providing the highest quality instruction available in the industry today, and the staff of the Laborers’ Training Center is similarly committed to making the entire training experience a pleasant one.

This guide is intended to provide you with descriptions of the various Laborers’ Training Center course offerings as well as other information to make your learning experience meaningful. The training staff welcomes your ideas and suggestions for improvement. Thank you for your interest in training and best wishes for a long and successful career.

Sincerely,

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

LABORERS’ TRAINING & RETRAINING TRUST FUND FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA


Course Descriptions

Aerial Work Platform

Objective
Teach trainees to safely work on and around self-propelled aerial work platforms, such as scissor-lifts and boom lifts.

Prerequisite
None

Topics Covered

  • Safety orientation of equipment and pre-shift inspection
  • Equipment types and components
  • Hands-on operation
  • Skills evaluation

Length of Course
8 hours (one day)

Training Materials Provided
None

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon completion of class and passing a written multiple-choice test and demonstrating an understanding of safe operating practices, the participant is issued a certificate of completion.


Asbestos Removal (Initial)

Objective
Provides participants with an overview of the OSHA requirements and safety procedures as they relate to the containment and removal of asbestos.

Prerequisite
None

Topics Covered

  • Review of state regulations as they apply to the containment and removal of asbestos
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Encapsulation
  • Glove-bag procedures
  • Waste disposal
  • Medical surveillance

Length of Course
40 hours (one week)

Training Materials Provided
Asbestos Worker manual

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon completion of the course, the participant will be issued an Asbestos Worker card. The card expires in one year.


Asbestos Removal (Recertification)

Objective
Provides participants with an overview of the OSHA requirements and safety procedures as they relate to the containment and removal of asbestos.

Prerequisite
Must hold a valid Asbestos Worker certificate. Important Note: Cards that have expired more than 364 days prior to the completion date of the renewal class are not acceptable.

Topics Covered

  • Any updates to state regulations as they apply to the containment and removal of asbestos.
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Encapsulation
  • Glove-bag procedures
  • Waste disposal
  • Medical surveillance

Length of Course
8 hours (one day)

Training Materials Provided
None

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon completion of the course, the participant will be re-issued an Asbestos Worker card. The card expires in one year.


Asphalt Paving Techniques

Objective
To familiarize the trainee with asphalt and its uses and to introduce them to the tools and equipment used in asphalt work.

Prerequisite
Completion of Fundamentals of Construction class, or basic knowledge of construction, strongly recommended.

Topics Covered

  • Safety procedures
  • Compaction
  • Basic asphalt laying techniques
  • Raking
  • Running of equipment

Length of Course
80 hours (two weeks)

Training Materials Provided
Handouts

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon completion of course, the participant will be issued an Asphalt Paving Techniques completion certificate.


Blueprint Reading Orientation

Objective
To familiarize the trainee with the basis skills of reading blueprints.

Prerequisite
Blueprints are in English. Ability to read English terms on a blueprint strongly recommended, but not required.

Topics Covered

  • How to find and understand legends
  • How to find and understand the compass
  • How to use the scale ruler
  • Understanding how to use details and sections
  • How to locate specific items

Length of Course
8 hours (one day)

Training Materials Provided
None

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Participants who attend the course will receive a certificate of completion.


Concrete Techniques

Objective
To familiarize the trainee with concrete, its history, properties and components. This includes a hands-on portion.

Prerequisite
Completion of Fundamentals of Construction class, or basic knowledge of construction, strongly recommended.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to concrete
  • Concrete forms
  • Finishing and curing
  • Placing and vibrating
  • Pumping concrete
  • Maintenance and clean-up
  • Walls and flatwork

Length of Course
80 hours (two weeks)

Training Materials Provided
Handouts

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon completion of the course, the participant will receive a course completion certificate.


Confined Space

Objective
To train participants in the hazards and proper procedures as they relate to working in confined spaces.

Prerequisite
None

Topics Covered

  • The OSHA legal standard for confined space work
  • Description of different types of confined spaces
  • Atmospheric testing
  • Tools and techniques
  • Respiratory protection
  • Health effects

Length of Course
8 hours (one day)

Training Materials Provided
Handouts

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon successful completion of the course, participants are issued a certificate of completion.


First Aid/CPR (National Safety Council)

Objective
Learn the basics of First Aid and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Prerequisite
None

Topics Covered

  • Identifying the need for First Aid or CPR
  • Learning basic symptoms that may require aid
  • Performing resuscitation
  • Basic First Aid as it pertains to common construction-site injuries
  • Understanding basic legal principles regarding First Aid/CPR

Length of Course
8 Hours (one day)

Training Materials Provided
First-Aid/CPR Handbook

Certificate
Upon completion of the course and passing of a written multiple-choice test, participants will receive one National Safety Council First-Aid card (expires in three years) and one National Safety Council CPR card (expires in two years).


Flagging Certification (ATSSA)

Objective
The Flagging Certification class teaches participants how to protect fellow construction workers, motorists and pedestrians by safely directing vehicle operators through a traffic-controlled construction zone.

Prerequisite
None

Topics Covered

  • Review of national standards
  • Guidelines and safety procedures
  • Traffic control principles
  • Demonstration of various flagging tools and techniques

Length of Course
8 Hours (One Day)

Training Materials Provided
Flagger handbook, workbook and traffic control device manual

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon successful completion of the Flagging Certification class, including passing a multiple-choice written test and a hands-on demonstration, participants will receive a card from ATSSA certifying that they can be employed as flaggers. The card expires in four years.


Forklift Orientation

Objective
To teach and certify participants in fundamental principles of forklift operation, maintenance and safety. Trainees will be able to successfully operate a forklift with a load and have a complete understanding of operating principles, safety and maintenance procedures.

Prerequisite
None

Topics Covered

  • Safety
  • Pre-operation inspection
  • Start-up procedures
  • Operation
  • Shutdown

Length of Course
40 hours (one week)

Training Materials Provided
None

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon successful completion of the class, which includes passing a written multiple-choice test and a driving test, the participant will be issued a Forklift Operator certification card in compliance with OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.178(I).


Forklift Certification

Objective
To certify participants in fundamental principles of forklift operation, maintenance and safety. Trainees will be able to successfully operate a forklift with a load and have a complete understanding of operating principles, safety and maintenance procedures.

Prerequisite
Must have experience in operating a rough-terrain forklift.

Topics Covered

  • Safety
  • Pre-operation inspection
  • Start-up procedures
  • Operation
  • Shutdown

Length of Course
8 hours (one day)

Training Materials Provided
None

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon successfull completion of the class, which includes passing a written multiple-choice test and a driving test, the participant will be issued a Forklift Operator certification card in compliance with OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.178(I).


Fundamentals of Construction

Objective
Provides a basic overview of the general practices of construction work, including safety, tools, techniques, terms, work habits and knowledge of the industry.

Prerequisite
None

Topics Covered

  • Basic tools
  • Pavement breakers and compaction
  • Asphalt
  • Concrete
  • Pipe-laying

Length of Course
80 hours (two weeks)

Training Materials Provided
Handouts

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon successful completion of course, participants are issued a course completion certificate.


Grade Checking Orientation

Objective
Teach trainee the principles of transferring grade.

Prerequisite
None, but basic math skills are strongly recommended.

Topics Covered

  • Conversions of inches to tenths
  • Proper use of eye-level
  • Proper use of builder's level
  • Proper use of engineer's rule
  • Proper use of laser
  • Reading survey stakes
  • Proper use of a hub

Length of Course
16 hours (two days)

Training Materials Provided
Handouts

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon completion of the course, participants are issued a course completion certificate


Hazardous Waste Removal (Initial)

Objective
Provide an overview of federal regulations (Sec. 29 CFR 1910.120) as they relate to the containment and removal of hazardous waste. The course includes information on hazardous waste operations and emergency response.

Prerequisite
200 hours of work as a member of the Laborers’ International Union in the 46 Northern California counties served by the Laborers’ Training Center. Note: This class is in English.

Topics Covered

  • The Code of Federal Regulations as they apply to the removal of Hazardous Waste
  • Emergency Action Response
  • Hazard Communication Standard
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Respiratory protection and fit testing
  • Drum handling and removal
  • Decontamination procedures
  • First-Aid/CPR Certification
  • Permit-required confined space
  • Confined space rescue

Length of Course
80 hours (two weeks)

Training Materials Provided
Handouts

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting). Pension and health & welfare benefits will be credited for each hour trained.

Certificate
Upon completion of the course, including passing a written multiple-choice test, the participant will be issued a card certifying that they are a Hazardous Waste Removal worker. Card expires in one year. Participants who pass a written multiple-choice test will also be issued a National Safety Council First-Aid card, which expires in three years, and a National Safety Council CPR certificate, which expires in two years. Participants also receive a Confined Space card, which carries no expiration date.


Hazardous Waste Removal (Recertification)

Objective
Provide an overview of federal regulations (Sec. 29 CFR 1910.120) as they relate to the containment and removal of hazardous waste. The course includes information on hazardous waste operations and emergency response.

Prerequisite
Must hold a valid Hazardous Waste Removal Card. Important Note: Cards that have expired more than 60 days prior to the renewal class are not acceptable.

Topics Covered

  • Any updates to the Code of Federal Regulations as they apply to the removal of Hazardous Waste
  • Emergency Action Response
  • Hazard Communication Standard
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Respiratory protection and fit testing
  • Drum handling and removal
  • Decontamination procedures

Length of Course
8 Hours (One day)

Training Materials Provided
None

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting). Also pays pension and health & welfare contributions for each hour trained.

Certificate
Upon completion of the course, the participant will be issued a card certifying that they are a Hazardous Waste Removal worker. Card expires in one year.


Lead Abatement (Initial)

Objective
Provides participants with a basic overview of the hazards and work procedures as they relate to the containment and removal of lead.

Prerequisite
None.

Topics Covered

  • Health effects of lead
  • State and federal regulations relating to lead
  • Sampling methods
  • Hazard communication
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Safe work practices
  • Abatement methods

Length of Course
40 hours (one week)

Training Materials Provided
Student work book on lead; handouts

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon completion of the course, including passing two tests - a hands-on test and a written multiple-choice test, the participant will be issued a “Lead-Related Construction Worker Certificate” by the State of California, Department of Health Services (authorized by 17 CCR 35001 et seq.). The card must be renewed annually, and expires on the participant’s birthday.


Lead Abatement (Recertification)

Objective
Provides participants with an overview of the Californina Department of Health Services requirements and safety procedures as they relate to the containment and removal of lead-based paint.

Prerequisite
Must hold a valid Lead Worker certificate issued by the California Department of Health Services.

Topics Covered

  • Any updates to state regulations as they apply to the containment and removal of lead-based paint.
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Encapsulation
  • Waste disposal
  • Medical surveillance
  • Preparing the work area

Length of Course
8 hours (one day)

Training Materials Provided
None

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon completion of the course, the participant will be issued a “Lead-Related Construction Worker Certificate” by the State of California, Department of Health Services (authorized by 17 CCR 35001 et seq.). The card must be renewed annually, and expires on the participant’s birthday.


Mold Remediation

Objective
Provides participants with a basic overview of the hazards and work procedures as they relate to the containment and removal of mold.

Prerequisite
None

Topics Covered

  • Indoor air pollution and “sick building” syndrome
  • Health effects of mold
  • Hazard communication
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Work area preparation
  • Decontamination
  • Work sampling
  • Safety procedures

Length of Course
16 hours (two days)

Training Materials Provided
Workbook on mold/microbial remediation; handouts.

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Course completion certificate


OSHA 500

Objective
To familiarize the trainee with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards as they relate to the construction industry.

Prerequisite
None

Topics Covered

  • General Duty Clause
  • Electrical
  • Fall protection
  • Material handling
  • Scaffolding, stairways and ladders

Length of Course
10 hours (one day)

Training Materials Provided
OSHA booklets

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon attendance of the course, participants receive an OSHA card indicating that they have successfully completed the course.


Pipe-Laying Techniques

Objective
Teach the trainee the principles of pipe laying and shoring.

Prerequisite
Completion of Fundamentals of Construction class, or basic knowledge of construction, strongly recommended.

Topics Covered

  • Pipe laying
  • Grade checking
  • Trench safety
  • Shoring
  • Rules and regulations as they relate to trenching
  • Compaction
  • Tools and techniques

Length of Course
80 hours (two weeks)

Training Materials Provided
Handouts

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon completion of the course, the participant is issued a certificate of completion.


Plaster Tender/Hod Carrier

Objective
To provide the trainee with a basic introduction of all the materials and work performances needed to perform the duties of plaster tendering and mason tending, including materials, tools and techniques.

Prerequisite
None.

Topics Covered

  • Proper use and building of scaffolding
  • Forklift orientation
  • Material identification
  • Equipment safety, including proper use of mixer
  • Pump safety
  • EFIS (Exterior Foam Installation System) use
  • Masonry saw safety and setup
  • Refractory Materials Identification, Equipment Safety and Operation

Length of Course
15 days (three weeks)

Training Materials Provided
Scaffold User manual; masonry training guide.

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon completion of the Plaster Tender/HOD Carrier Class, the participant will earn a scaffold builder certificate, forklift certification, and course completion certificate.


Refinery Safety Orientation (BATC)

Objective
To make the trainee aware of the hazards and safeguards associated with work in refineries, chemical plants and other industrial facilities.

Prerequisite
There is a two-part written multiple-choice test in English. Must be proficient in English. Must also possess a photo identification issued by a valid government agency (state/federal).

Topics Covered

  • Identifying potentially hazardous conditions
  • Following safety procedures
  • Proper use of personal protective equipment
  • Working in confined spaces and other situations unique to working in industrial settings

Length of Course
8 Hours (one day)

Training Material Provided
None

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon successful completion of the course, the trainee will be issue a card certifying that they have met the requirements as outlined by the Bay Area Training Corporation as it relates to refinery safety. Card expires in two years.


Safety Certification

Objective
To provide a wide range of safety training as it relates to the construction industry, including First-Aid/CPR, OSHA 500, aerial platform, flagger certification and traffic safety.

Prerequisite
Previous experience as outlined in the course descriptions for the individual classes

Topics Covered

  • OSHA 500
  • First-Aid/CPR
  • Aerial Platform Safety Orientation
  • Scaffold Orientation
  • Forklift Certification
  • Skid-Steer Loader (Bobcat) Orientation
  • Flagger Certification
  • Traffic Control Certification
  • Process Safety Management (BATC)

Lenght of Course
80 hours (two weeks)

Training Materials Provided
Various manuals and handouts

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Various certificates and completion cards.


Scaffold User

Objective
Upon completion of the course, the user will be able to safely work on a scaffold, recognize hazards and be familiar with current OSHA standards.

Prerequisite
None

Topics Covered

  • The four different types of scaffolding
  • Types of work conduced on a scaffold
  • Unsafe scaffold hazards
  • OSHA regulations as they relate to scaffolding

Length of Course
8 hours (one day)

Training Materials Provided
Scaffold User Handbook

Certificate
Upon completion of course and passing a written multiple-choice test, the participant will be issued a certificate of completion.


Skid-Steer Loader (Bobcat) Orientation -- Beginner

Objective
Provide participants with orientation in the operation, safety procedures and maintenance of a Bobcat.

Prerequisite
None

Topics Covered

  • Overview of basic operations and safety procedures
  • Field operations (hands-on)
  • Assorted attachments
  • Maintenance and service

Length of Course
40 hours (five days)

Training Materials Provided
None

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon completion of the course, including a hands-on demonstration, the participant will be issued a Bobcat Orientation Card.


Skid-Steer Loader (Bobcat) Orientation -- Intermediate

Objective
Provide participants with orientation in the operation, safety procedures and maintenance of a Bobcat.

Prerequisite
Must have some experience in operating a Bobcat.

Topics Covered

  • Overview of basic operations and safety procedures
  • Field operations (hands-on)
  • Assorted attachments
  • Maintenance and service

Length of Course
24 hours (three days)

Training Materials Provided
None

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon completion of the course, including a hands-on demonstration, the participant will be issued a Bobcat Orientation Card.


Torch Cutting and Burning

Objective
Teach the trainee the safe set-up and operation of an oxy-fuel torch.

Prerequisite
None

Topics Covered

  • Safety procedures
  • Proper equipment setup and use
  • Hands-on use of torch equipment

Length of Course
8 hours (one day)

Training Materials Provided
Pocket reference guide.

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Course completion certificate.


Traffic Control

Objective
The Traffic Control class familiarizes trainees with traffic control procedures and safety requirements to enable the participant to work in the traffic control environment. The class will provide a basic understanding of lane closure set-up and design.

Prerequisite
None

Topics Covered

  • Principles of traffic control
  • Safety requirements
  • Traffic control devices and utilization
  • Traffic control plans
  • Regulatory signs

Length of Course
8 hours (one day)

Training Materials Provided
Traffic Control reference book

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting)

Certificate
Upon successful completion of the Traffic Control class, including passing a multiple-choice written test, participants will be issued a card acknowledging completion of the course. The card has no expiration date.


Welding -- Basic

Objective
To familiarize the trainee with the equipment and safety procedures of the welding shop, to instruct in the basics of welding and provide the opportunity to practice welding under the instructor’s supervision.

Prerequisite
1000 hours worked in the Laborers’ International Union in the 46 Northern California counties served by the Laborers’ Training Center.

Topics Covered

  • Basic welding techniques
  • Oxy-fuel cutting
  • Plasma cutting
  • Safety procedures
  • Tools and techniques

Length of Course
240 hours (Six weeks)

Training Materials Provided
Basic Welding textbook, pocket book reference guide, handouts

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting). Pension and health & welfare benefits will be credited for each hour trained.

Certificate
Upon completion of the course, including testing on a vertical overhead butt weld that is X-rayed by an independent lab, the participant will be provided with a course completion certificate and a copy of the lab test results that verify they met minimum quality standards.


Welding -- Advanced

Objective
A continuation of the Basic Welding class. The trainees gain additional experience in the welding shop performing pipe welding with the goal of obtaining a pipe welding certification.

Prerequisite
2000 hours worked in the Laborers’ International Union in the 46 Northern California counties served by the Laborers’ Training Center, plus certification in Basic Welding class.

Topics Covered

  • Advanced pipe welding techniques
  • Oxy-fuel cutting
  • Plasma cutting
  • Safety procedures
  • Tools and techniques

Length of Course
240 hours (six weeks)

Training Materials Provided
Handouts

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting). Pension and health & welfare benefits will be credited for each hour trained.

Certificate
Upon completion of the course, including testing on a 6G pipe position, the participant will be provided with a course completion certificate and a copy of the independent lab test results that verify they met minimum quality standards.


Welding Orientation - MIG (Scheduled with TIG Welding)

Objective
To instruct the trainee in the proper setting, operation and shutdown of Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding equipment. All procedures are done following the recommended safety guidelines according to the manufacturer’s instruction manual.

Prerequisite
1000 hours worked in the Laborers’ International Union in the 46 Northern California counties served by the Laborers’ Training Center.

Topics Covered

  • Basic MIG welding techniques
  • Oxy-fuel cutting
  • Plasma cutting
  • Safety procedures
  • Tools and techniques

Length of Course
40 hours (one week)*

Training Materials Provided
Handouts

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting).

* When scheduled in conjunction with TIG Welding, pension and health & welfare benefits will be credited for each hour trained.

Certificate
Course completion certificate.


Welding Orientation - TIG (Scheduled with MIG Welding)

Objective
To instruct the trainee in the proper setting, operation and shutdown of Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding equipment. All procedures are done following the recommended safety guidelines according to the manufacturer's instruction manual.

Prerequisite
1000 hours worked in the Laborers’ International Union in the 46 Northern California counties served by the Laborers’ Training Center.

Topics Covered

  • Basic TIG welding techniques
  • Oxy-fuel cutting
  • Plasma cutting
  • Safety procedures
  • Tools and techniques

Length of Course
40 hours (one week)*

Training Materials Provided
Handouts

Benefits
Training stipend, travel allowance (if commuting).

* When scheduled in conjunction with MIG Welding, pension and health & welfare benefits will be credited for each hour trained.

Certificate
Course completion certificate.


Training Center Rules

The “Terrance J. O’Sullivan” Laborers’ Training Center has adopted rules of conduct designed to ensure a safe and pleasant learning environment for all trainees. Trainees who fail to follow the rules are subject to dismissal and may be banned from attending future classes at the Training Center. All trainees will be given a copy of the rules upon registration and will have the rules explained to them by the night supervisor and/or during orientation. The following will be grounds for dismissal:

  • Destruction of property or theft
  • Frequent tardiness
  • Endangering others (including other trainees, staff or guests)
  • Possession of liquor, narcotics or weapons
  • Creating a disturbance
  • Absence from class
  • Gambling
  • Failure to follow instructions of Training Center instructors or staff
  • Violation of Training Center rules

Questions should be directed to your Instructor or the Night Supervisor.

Important note: The Laborers’ Training Center reserves the right to change class schedules, course curriculum and instructors at any time as circumstances warrant.


Mobile Training Unit

In order to make training more convenient for union members and signatory contractors, the Laborers’ Training Center is now taking reservations for its Mobile Training Unit.

The portable classroom can be brought to Local Union offices, construction sites or anywhere else that training for Construction Craft Laborers is needed.

Most training classes offered through the Mobile Training Unit are one-day (8-hour) classes. The Laborers’ Training Center provides the instructor(s), course materials and equipment.

Certificates for trainees who successfully complete a class offered through the Mobile Training Unit will be mailed to them within two weeks.

A $2 per hour training stipend is paid to members who attend class in the Mobile Training Unit, plus a $5 per day travel allowance. Snacks or food are not included.

Trainees must adhere to the rules of the Laborers’ Training Center when attending Mobile Training Unit classes. Contact the Laborers’ Training Center for the current list of classes and dates when the Mobile Training Unit is available.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for a class?

Contact your Local Union. They will contact the Training Center and register you for a class.

When are classes scheduled?

Class schedules are published quarterly in the Training News newsletter, which is mailed to all union members in good standing, as well as to signatory contractors. Copies are available at all Local Union halls. The schedule can also be viewed on-line at: www.norcalaborers.org/Training/Schedule.htm

What if I want a class that is not on the schedule?

Contact your Local Union representative. Occasionally special classes are held that are not published on the regular class schedule.

How do I get to the Training Center?

Directions on how to get to the Training Center are contained in this guide, or available on our website at: www.norcalaborers.org/Training/ContactTraining.htm

What public transportation service is available to Training Center?

Public Transportation service to the Training Center is limited. For information, call (510) 464-7787 or visit the following website: www.transitinfo.org.

Is there shuttle service to the Training Center campus?

No.

How much do I get paid for training?

The training stipend is $2 per hour, plus a $5 per day travel allowance if you are not staying on campus.

How often do I get paid when I attend training?

Training stipend checks are issued every week, and are mailed a week after the period covered.

When do I get my training certificate/card?

Some certificates are distributed at the Training Center, and some are distributed by mail or by the Local Union. Ask your instructor or the Training Center staff.

What if I lose my training certificate/card?

Contact the Training Center to arrange for a replacement.

Can I get unemployment benefits while I am in training?

Yes, but you must make your own arrangements to receive benefits.

What happens if I break the rules of the Training Center?

Trainees who fail to follow the rules of the Training Center are subject to dismissal and may be banned from attending future classes at the Training Center.

Is there drug testing at the Training Center?

Yes, for classes one week or longer in duration, and for all Apprenticeship candidates. The drug-testing policies and procedures are outlined in detail at orientation.

When can I stay overnight at the Training Center?

Lodging is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Lodging is only provided for trainees traveling more than 50 miles from their home to the Training Center. There are laundry facilities on campus.

Are there meals at the Laborers’ Training Center?

Yes, breakfast is served from 6 AM to 6:30 AM, and lunch is served from 11:15 AM to 12:00 PM. Dinner is for overnight guests only, and is served from 4 PM to 4:30 PM Monday through Thursday.

Can I take classes back-to-back?

You must wait 30 days to register for another class, with the exception of classes that are less than one week in duration. You may ask to be placed on the standby list, however, and may be permitted to attend the class if there are openings.

What should I bring to the Training Center?

Bring rugged clothing appropriate to working safely in construction, including sturdy work boots. Tools and materials will be provided while you are on campus.

What do I do if I have special medical needs?

Contact the Laborers’ Training Center staff.

How many per room? Can I get a room by myself?

There are four people per room. Rooms are not co-ed. Because space is limited, you may not request to be placed in a room by yourself.

How much is the travel allowance?

$5 per day.

What if I’m an Apprentice? Do I still get training?

Yes. Training is an integral part of the Apprenticeship Program. Contact the Apprenticeship Program at (925) 556-0858 for details.

What are my Union benefits and hiring hall procedures?

The Laborers’ Training Center provides information on training only. For specific information about benefits due a Union Member in good standing and hall procedures, contact your Local Union Office or the Laborers’ Trust Funds at (800) 244-4530.

 

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