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

A partnership with the Monterey/Santa Cruz Building and Trades Council

Why Enroll?

Are you interested in a career in the building trades?  Building trades jobs are a pathway to good paying jobs and benefits.

You can start your journey of securing a job in the various building trades by participating in the pre-apprenticeship training program, a collaboration between the Monterey County Wrokforce Development Board and the Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties Building and Construction Trades Council. The program is a Mon – Fri, 8 hour a day, 9-week/350-hour training program. Upon completion of the pre-apprenticeship training program, you will obtain the skills needed to apply for an apprenticeship program in various trades.

After the classroom training portion, you may participate in a 4-week PAID internship with several construction industry employers in Monterey/Santa Cruz county areas.

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


During the training, you will learn:

  • How the construction industry works
  • How to use hand and power tools
  • Basic skills in various trades
  • How to read a blueprint
  • How to use basic applied mathematics for construction


As a result of the training, you will be able to secure the following certifications:

  • Safety certification
  • OSHA 30
  • Hazwoper 24 safety certification
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Aerial lift & platform lift certifications
  • Multi-Core Craft Curriculum Certification National training program

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

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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

Nationally Recognized Multi Core Craft Curriculum

3 Month