Goodwill’s free Construction Basics training course helps participants quickly develop the knowledge and skills they need to gain employment in the construction industry. In this nine-week introductory class, you will learn safety precautions and awareness, and will receive an introduction to construction drawings, basic rigging, material handling and basic (construction) math used on a job site. Graduates will also be able to identify power and hand tools and describe their uses. This course is taught by National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certified instructors, who will help you build a foundation of knowledge and earn industry-recognized credentials to kick start your career. 

2023 Training Dates

Instruction Dates Instruction Days Instruction Time
January 10 – March 9 T, W, Th 6 – 9:30 p.m.
March 21 – May 18 T, W, Th 6 – 9:30 p.m.
May 30 – July 27 T, W, Th 6 – 9:30 p.m.
August 8 – October 5 T, W, Th 6 – 9:30 p.m.
October 17 – December 14 T, W, Th 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Course Timeframe

Goodwill’s Construction Basics training course lasts nine weeks. We offer this course in the evenings to accommodate students who may work during the day.

Requirements for Completion

To successfully complete Goodwill’s Construction Basics course, you must:

  • Have at least an 85% attendance rate
  • Achieve a passing score (70%) on all module tests
  • Pass the Performance Profile tests for each module

Certification Opportunities

If you successfully complete Goodwill’s free Construction Basics training course, you will receive a NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) certification and the OSHA 10: Occupational Safety and Health Administration certification.

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Launch Your Career

As a participant in one of Goodwill’s intensive training programs, you will be paired with a Career Navigator who will provide comprehensive and accelerated services to prepare you to advance and leverage career readiness and essential skills. They will provide ongoing career coaching activities such as resume development, elevator pitch, mock interviews and more. As you near completion of your training course, you will be connected with a member of the Employer Engagement Team for employment assistance. The Employer Engagement team partners with employers to facilitate employer led trainings, site tours, hiring events, and direct placements into high-paying industry related employment opportunities.

How to Apply

    • If you’re interested in this program and you live within our service area, fill out our application form then follow the prompts to schedule a virtual appointment.
    • If you’re unable to reserve a virtual appointment or would rather meet with one of our team members in person to begin your application process, we also accept walk-ins at all of our career centers.

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    If you still have questions about our training courses, complete our training inquiry form, and someone on our team will be in touch with you soon!