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Frequently Asked Questions

What do Laborers do?

A Construction Craft Laborer is a person who would typically be called on to perform tasks such as:
                 Site preparation and Maintenance
Carrying by hand, and stockpiling of scaffolding, and work platforms
Grading and compaction of soils and finished grade, by hand and/or machine
Layout and staking protocols
Rigging of heavy loads & hand signaling to an operator
Site preparation and clean up.
                Tools, Equipment, and Materials
Proper use and maintenance of hand, electric, gas, pneumatic, and power tools and equipment, such as hammers, shovels, rakes, concrete breakers, concrete vibrators, etc.
Working in a confined space, tunnel, mine shaft, ditch, dike, manhole, etc.
Flagging, signing, and traffic control on highway and city streets.
Working with heights, scaffolding, swing stage
Hazard material recognition
Trenching and site excavation safety
Working in compliance with State and Federal regulations
              Heavy/Highway Construction
Asphalt, raking, and finishing
Pipe Laying for work traditionally performed by Construction Craft Laborers
Drilling and Blasting
Tunnel and Shaft
Grade checking for dirt of finished grade                                                                Pipline Construction                                                                                                                           Building Construction
Concrete placement using rake or shovel, demolition using 90 lb concrete breakers etc.
Landscaping using hand and motorized tools, hauling and carrying
Mason/Plaster Tending, carrying and stacking two 28 lb blocks at a time, carrying 94 lb bags of cement, mixing by hand or machine mortar or plaster
Pipe laying - Digging, grading of dirt, frequent climbing in and out of trenches, long hours
                    Environmental Remediation
Asbestos Abatement 
Hazardous Waste Abatement                                                                                    Lead Abatement 
Radiation Remediation                                                                                          Working with hazardous substance, constant use of respirators, hot working conditions compounded by the use of protective clothing.



How do I Apply for the apprenticeship program?

To be considered for the apprenticeship program please click the following link and you will be directed to an online application.  Please fill out the application form if you wish to be considered for openings in the apprenticeship program. 

What are the requirements to be considered for the apprenticeship program

To be eligible to participate in the apprenticeship program, applicants must:  be at least 18 years of age with birth certificate, possess a valid driver’s license, be physically able to perform the duties of the craft, pass a physical exam and a drug test, and possess a high school diploma/GED or pass a test administered by the West Virginia Job Service Office.

What courses are available at the West Virginia Laborers Training Center?

For a current class schedule please click the link below.  If you are a member or signatory contractor in need of training not listed on the current schedule please contact the training center at (304) 489-9665. 

How do I sign up for Training?

If you are a member or signatory contractor and wish to sign up for training, please contact our office at (304) 489-9665.  You will be required to provide the following information:  name, phone number, laborers local number, or necessary contractor information.    

How much does it cost to attend training?

Training is free of charge to all LIUNA Members, who are in good standing with the locals we serve in WV, VA, NC, and MD.

Is there a place I can stay while attending training?

 Yes, at our facility we have dorm facilities for participants who are attending training.  If you are in need of a dorm room while attending training, please notify the office when signing up for a course to ensure availability.

Are meals provided while attending training?

 Meals are provided to all participants who are attending training.  

What do I need to bring with me for training?

 While attending training participants should dress as they would when working on a construction jobsite.  Work boots and trousers are required along with a shirt that includes at least 4-inch sleeves.  If you have a PPE you prefer, you will be permitted to wear these if they are in appropriate condition and do not include divisive or offensive language.

What should I pack if I’m staying in the dorms?

 Participants should pack suitable work clothes as listed in previous FAQs questions.  In addition to these clothes, appropriate clothing is required in all areas of the dorm building.  Bedding is provided along with towels/washcloths.  Participants should bring their own toiletries.  

Who should I contact for additional information?

 Call the training center at (304) 489-9665

Are there activities to do in the evenings if I stay in the dorms?

 In the dorms there is a game room which includes pool and foosball tables, gaming systems along with lounge areas with TVs.  Also available is a ½ basketball court with cornhole boards, ping pong table, and free weights. A stocked workout room is also available. Outdoor activities available include a 9-hole putt-putt golf course, a fishing pond, and hiking paths.

Are laundry facilities available for participants to use on site?

 Located in the basketball area there is a washer and dryer available for use.

Do you have an awards program available for members who attend training?

 Yes, there is an awards program that is based on a points system.  Awards include hats, shirts, coats, boot vouchers, coffee mugs, and beanie hats, to name a few.  These awards change from time to time and sizes and colors may be limited.

Do you train in inclement weather? 

 Yes, the training center is equipped with facilities to do most hands-on training indoors, if required.

What is the normal training schedule?

 Most courses available start at 8:00am and run until 4:30pm Monday through Friday.  Refresher courses are offered on the second Saturday of each month except for June, July, & August.  Please see the clickable link below for our current training schedule.

What local union hall covers my area?

 Local 379 covers the Morgantown, WV area.  Local 984 covers the Clarksburg, WV area.  Local 1085 covers the Parkersburg, WV area.  Local 1149 covers the Wheeling, WV area.  Local 1353 covers the Charleston, WV area.   Local 616 covers the Cumberland, MD area. Local 980 covers most of the VA and all of NC.

Where is the West Virginia Laborers’ Training Center located?


The West Virginia Laborers’ Training Center  is located at: 307 Tracewell Road

 Mineral Wells, WV 26150

How do I become a member of a local union hall?

 To be considered for the apprenticeship program please click the following link and you will be directed to an online application.  Please fill out the application form if you wish to be considered for openings in the apprenticeship program

What is LIUNA?

 We are the Laborers International Union of North America.  For more information on our international union please click the following link to be directed to the website.