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Construction Courses

Concrete Practices & Procedures

The Basic Concrete Installation course provides the foundational knowledge and skills CCLs need to work safely and productively in this potentially hazardous field. Safety issues associated with the mixing, forming, placement, and curing of concrete materials are covered, as well as the requisite skills needed to prepare a site for the placement of concrete, building forms, estimating concrete quantities, concrete placement, consolidation and finishing, concrete repair, sawing, coring, and drilling. Ample time is given for hands-on practice for all skills.

Decorative Concrete Finishes

The Concrete Decorative Finishes course introduces participants to different concrete finishes: exposed aggregate, colored concrete, stenciling concrete, and stamping concrete. Participants learn factors that affect the quality/appearance of each, materials used, processes for applying each finish, and health and safety factors. Participants observe, practice, and demonstrate the process for creating each decorative finish. Safety and proper work techniques are emphasized.

Cutting and Burning

The Cutting and Burning course introduces participants to the fundamental principles, safety practices, equipment, and techniques necessary to perform cutting and burning operations safely and productively. Cutting methods covered include oxyfuel, plasma arc and exothermic torches. Content includes fire safety provisions including fire watch and hot work permits.

Bridge Construction, Renovation, & Demolition

The Bridge Construction, Renovation, & Demolition course covers the main job activities performed by Construction Craft Laborers on Bridge Construction, Renovation, & Demolition worksites. Content focuses on performing work tasks correctly, productively, and professionally, with a large emphasis on safety throughout. Participants will have ample opportunity to practice new skills learned with safe hands-on activities.

General Construction (Week 1)

The General Construction 1 course introduces participants to a wide variety of concepts, tools, and skills that are important to successfully begin a career as a Construction Craft Laborer (CCL). Participants receive instruction on the craft orientation including the work and role of a CCL, OSHA 10, material identification, hand tools, measurement in construction, electric tools, pneumatic tools and Green construction practices & procedures. Special emphasis is placed on following proper procedures and developing safe work habits.

General Construction (Week 2)

The General Construction 2 course introduces participants to a wide variety of concepts, tools, and skills that are important to successfully begin a career as a Construction Craft Laborer (CCL). Participants receive instruction on use and maintenance of small gas engines, soil compaction equipment and techniques, safe use and maintenance of the portable all-purpose saw, and safe use of powder-actuated tools, first aid/ CPR/ AED, traffic control & flagging, construction math, and scaffold user safety. Special emphasis is placed on following proper procedures and developing safe work habits.

Hoisting and Rigging 

The Hoisting and Rigging course provides knowledge of state and federal regulations, as well as an in-depth understanding of equipment, work procedures, techniques, and safety considerations that are essential for laborers to function in a zero-accident environment. Additionally, the course meets training and certification requirements for riggers and signalers.

Signal Person 

The Signal Person course provides an overview of a signal person’s duties and responsibilities and includes instruction in the proper techniques for giving voice commands and hand signals. It also covers rigging basics and crane safety to ensure that the qualified worker understands hoisting and rigging procedures that may affect the signal person’s actions and responsibilities.

ICRA Awareness 

The ICRA Awareness course is for workers who are performing construction tasks in occupied facilities, but are not involved with the building, maintenance and deconstruction of structures and controls of work area containment. The course provides an awareness of the causes for secondary infection, the importance of infection control, and procedures for properly conducting construction activities within an occupied healthcare facility.

ICRA Worker 

The ICRA Worker course is designed for individuals working in occupied facilities performing construction tasks, and have the responsibility for the building, maintenance and deconstruction of structures and controls of work area containment. The 40-hour course builds upon the 8-hour Awareness course with additional information on structures and controls to prevent the spread of infection.

Line and Grade 

The Basic Line and Grade course focuses on the skills, knowledge, and aptitude necessary to operate a variety of surveying instruments and record information for maintaining elevation and alignment control points on heavy and civil construction projects.

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) 

The Global Positioning Systems (GPS) course introduces students to how GPS works and how it is used in construction. Participants learn how to set up and operate GPS, using several measuring techniques. Participants observe, practice, and demonstrate the use of the GPS system and coordinate geometry software for a sample structure. Special emphasis is placed on following proper procedures and developing safe work habits.

Mason Tending 

The Mason Tending 1 course is designed to provide instruction in the typical work a laborer performs on masonry construction jobsites. Different types of masonry construction, masonry unit identification, material estimation and stocking procedures, as well as the mason tender’s general duties, are covered. Proper mortar mixing techniques and the use of admixtures are covered as well. Additionally, the course presents safety and health issues of the mason tender including silicosis and addresses the use of proper personal protective equipment.

Rough Terrain Forklift 

The Rough Terrain Forklift course complies with OSHA 1926.602(c) requirements, introduces participants to the hazards involved with operating a forklift, and explains what they can do to prevent accidents and injuries often associated with operating rough terrain forklifts. Participants will have ample opportunity to operate a forklift.

Rough Terrain Forklift Refresher 

The Rough Terrain Forklift Refresher course is for individuals who have successfully completed the Rough Terrain Forklift course and who need to renew their credential. This refresher course reviews important safety topics and factors that affect safe machine operation. It also provides ample time for practice operating a rough terrain forklift.

Skid Steer – Track Loader Training 

This training is focused on the safe operation and use of skid steers and track loaders. This course introduces individuals to safety topics and best practices related to skid steer and track loaders. Participants are given ample time to practice all principles and situations covered during classroom participation.

Manlift – MEWP Training 

MEWP – Manlift training focuses on the safe operation, use, and inspection of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms of various designs. Coursework covers ANSI A92.22 specifics and gives participants ample time to practice skills, walk arounds, and site inspections as required for safe use of MEWPs.

Scaffold Builder 

The Scaffold Technology 1 course addresses the needs of CCLs who are responsible for building scaffolding on the jobsite or are required to perform job tasks while using scaffolding. Designed to meet the training requirements of 29 CFR Part 1926.454, this comprehensive course includes frame, tube and clamp, systems scaffolding, non-powered adjustable scaffold and powered mast-climbing scaffolding. Special emphasis is placed on following proper procedures and developing safe work habits.


The Asphalt course provides Construction Craft Laborers with the information they need to understand the safety precautions necessary when working with, raking, and placing asphalt. In addition, participants are trained in the preparation of the surface, job planning and setup, and cleaning of the tools and machinery. Participants learn how to patch potholes and cracks and are introduced to proper raking techniques.

Traffic Control Supervisor 

The Traffic Control Supervisor course is designed to help the supervisor create a safe roadway construction work zone for workers and travelers by applying guidelines and developing structured processes for implementing internal and external traffic control plans. Participants gain critical knowledge in the types of traffic control devices and how they are used, set up and dismantled. This course also includes flagger control principles and procedures.

Pipeline Technology 

The Pipeline Technology course introduces participants to the entire pipeline construction process. The course introduces such topics as employee obligations, chain of command on a pipeline, general hazards and precautions, trench and excavation safety, potholing and underground utility line location, the duties of the various crews (fence, ditch, clearing, etc.), cleaning and inspecting pipes, and fabrication yards. Several of the topics require participants to perform tasks or demonstrate skills being taught. Special emphasis is placed on following proper techniques, developing safe work habits, and recognizing unsafe work conditions.

Solar Panel Installation 

The Solar Panel Installation course introduces participants to safe techniques for a variety of solar panel installations, including ground-mounted and roof-mounted. Roof-mounted installation covers various roof types, including pitched, flat, asphalt, and rubber. Special emphasis is placed on following proper procedures and developing safe work habits.


The Pipelaying course provides the basic knowledge and skills CCLs need to work safely in trenches, and to correctly install, tap, and repair PVC, ductile iron, Polyethylene, and concrete pipe. The course includes instruction on the math skills needed on pipelaying projects and offers hands-on training in proper pipelaying techniques.

Pipe Laser Training 

This training is focused on development of skills needed to calculate, set up, and use a pipe laser for installation of various types of sewer and watermain pipes. Also covered in this course are laser safety and best practices for running control on a pipelaying job.

Polyethylene Pipe Fusion 

The Polyethylene Pipe Fusion course is designed for workers who want to learn more about the fusing together of polyethylene (PE) pipes. Participants will learn about the fusing machine, the fusing process, and safety precautions, as well as demonstrate proper procedures for fusing PE pipe. Special emphasis is placed on developing safe work habit.

Foreman Preparation Training 

The Foreman Training course serves as a foundation for workers who are training to become a foreman or general foreman. The course will help participants build on the skills they already possess as experienced workers and expand on those skills and abilities to prepare them to take on greater responsibilities on a jobsite.

Hazard Communication 

The Hazard Communication course introduces participants to OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1926.59), as it applies to the construction industry. Participants learn the guidelines for identifying chemical hazards and the proper use of container labels, placards, pictograms, and safety data sheets (SDS).

Silica Awareness 

The Reducing Silica Exposure course provides Construction Craft Laborers with information regarding the hazards associated with work activities that contain silica, such as concrete sawing or stone cutting of materials.

OSHA 10 & 30 Training 

The modules provided in this course enable instructors approved under the OSHA Outreach Training Program to provide OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour Outreach training to participants. Each module provides the information in a particular subject that conveys the required information under OSHA. In addition to Outreach training, the modules can also be used as support material in other classes.

Soil Compaction & Air Tools 

In this training the principles of soil compaction and the equipment used for this job are topics covered along with the use of pneumatic tools. Compressor safety is discussed and maintenance of all equipment demonstrated prior to participant practice on a variety of tools used in the construction industry.

Blueprint Reading 

This course is designed to develop the user's blueprint reading skills. The course consists of seven learning modules. Totally interactive, each of the modules includes animation, sample drawings, and includes topic specific questionnaires to focus the participants on specific portions of the blueprints that consistently built skills as participants work through the course.

CDL Preparation 

This training is designed to cover the Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements set up by the Federal Motor Carriers Association and 49 CFR Part 380. Included in this course are the ELDT Theory, Range, & Road training required for a participant to acquire their CDL License.

Construction Math 

This course has been constructed to help participants refresh their current math skills and to relate these skills to practical math skills needed by construction craft laborers. Included in this course are problem solving with fractions and decimals, standard formulas needed in the construction industry, measuring with the US Standard System using feet and inches and the decimal system.

First Aid – CPR – AED 

This training is provided using The American Red Cross training program. Included in this training are lessons on the knowledge and skills associated with Adult CPR & AED, Choking, Sudden Illness, Life-Threatening Bleeding, Injuries and Environmental Emergencies. Skill development is highlighted and practices during all sessions.

Introduction to Construction Drone Operation 

This course covers the topics and skills needed to operate drones on or around construction sites. The knowledge portions of this course prepare participants to pass the FAA Part 107 Small-UAS Exam and get their sUAS license. A good portion of this classroom training is dedicated to sectional chart reading and airspace recognition. The course also includes daily flight missions with mission logging, equipment inspections and maintenance.

Fire Watch & Fire Extinguisher 

This training covers details from OSHA Subpart F (Fire Protection & Prevention) and Subpart J (Welding & Cutting). Hot work permits and site prep for hot work is highlighted. Hands-on portions of this course include a fire extinguisher demo and participants demonstrate the use of the PASS system of using a fire extinguisher.

Pipeline Distribution Worker 

This class includes course work which introduces participants to the breakdown of the terms upstream, midstream, downstream and how different portions of the petroleum industry fit into these classifications. This training is concentrated on work which takes place between the gas meter and the gas distribution main. Included in this course are modules that include utility locating, polyethylene pipe fusion, Trench & Excavation Safety, development of a site plan which includes traffic control and site restoration. During hands-on each of the knowledge topics are practiced along with installation of a 4” HDPE main line which is tapped and plumbed to a meter set which is installed as part of the course.

Pipeline Operator Qualification 

This course is available to provide members the opportunity to be evaluated on skills, knowledge, and abilities required on various tasks involved in the pipeline industry. The training center has instructors who are qualified evaluators with various organizations to supply the need of qualified workers in the pipeline industry for pipeline operators & contractors.

Hand Applied Pipe Coating 

Hand applied pipe coating training is available to teach the specifications, skills, and hazards associated with the application of pipe coatings. Industry recognition from various manufacturers is available. This course incorporates every aspect of pipe coating from surface prep to environmental conditions and prepares trained members to be productive members of the coating crew on pipeline projects.

LIUNA Labor History 

This course is designed to provide members an overview of the history of our union throughout its history, from its organization through today and highlights the struggles and victories our members have faces through the years.

Scaffold User Training 

The scaffold user course addresses the needs of CCLs who are responsible for performing job tasks while using scaffolding and to meet the training requirements specified in OSHA CFR 1926.21 & 1926.454 of Subpart L.

Small Engine Repair 

This training is designed to troubleshoot, repair, maintain, and rebuild major components of small engine powered equipment found by CCLs on any construction site. This includes the basic functioning of 2-stroke & 4-stroke, single and twin cylinder motors.

Trench & Excavation Safety 

This training is designed to be an awareness level course that introduces participants to the hazards associated with working in or around trenches and excavations. This training teaches the terms used to describe work the different aspects of T&E work. This course also covers the types of T&E protection commonly used in the industry and the requirements of OSHA CFR 1926, Subpart P, Excavations.

Utility Locating 

Utility locating training teaches the skills, awareness, and knowledge used in the utility location process. Hazards are covered along with the national color code system and the 811 “One-Call” process. Proper techniques and procedures are discussed for uncovering utilities safely along with operator qualification evaluation on the task if the individual meets the requirements for evaluation.