A program serving Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey County designed for the construction industry that helps prepare applicants to enter and succeed in a registered apprenticeship program

Follow a Career Pathway into Construction

Tri-County Apprenticeship Preparation Program

Why Enroll?

All across America, North America's Building Trades Unions are working with contractors, government officials, and community leaders to fashion together ways in which economic development and construction can be leveraged to provide career training opportunities for local residents.

Pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship preparation programs, utilizing the Building Trades Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3), are workforce training programs that prepare participants to apply for, enter, and successfully complete a Building Trades apprenticeship program.

Follow A Career Pathway to:

Heat and Frost Insulators, Boilermakers, Bricklayers, Electricians, Elevator Constructors, Iron Workers, Plasterers and Cement Masons, Painters, Roofers, Sheet Metal Workers, Plumbers and Pipe Fitters, Carpenters, Operating Engineers, Laborers, Teamsters

What You Will Learn

Have you got what it takes?


The Basics

  • General orientation to apprenticeship
  • Intro to the construction industry
  • How to interview effectively


For the Ladies


Applied Skills

  • Blueprint reading
  • Applied mathematics for construction
  • Green construction techniques and standards


Health & Safety

  • OSHA 10-hour safety certification
  • CPR and First Aid certification
  • Identifying and preventing sexual harassment and discrimination

History & Background

  • History of the construction industry
  • The heritage of the American worker

What are the requirements?

Must be interested in a career in construction Must be 18 years old or older Must possess a High School diploma/GED or completed higher education Must possess a valid Driver’s License
Must be able to work legally in the US Must be able to pass a drug screening Disadvantaged and disconnected job seekers; specifically, young adults (ages 18-25), racial and ethnic minorities, women, disadvantaged youth, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals

Apply Now

Funding for the Tri-County Apprenticeship Preparation program is provided by the Monterey County Workforce Development Board through a grant from the California Workforce Development Board SB 1 (Transportation Funding), in Partnership with the Santa Cruz and San Benito Workforce Development Boards and the Monterey-Santa Cruz Building Trades Council Training & Education Fund.

Applicants who wish to go through the program must be prepared to participate in a screening process which will test their English and Math competency, physical agility, teamwork and leadership skills. An interview will end the process and applicants will be selected to be in the program.


graduation rate

144 Hrs

MC3 Content

3 Month