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


The Basics

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



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 returning veterans, women, and young adults (ages 18-25) preferred

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 Prop 39 funds, in Partnership with the Santa Cruz and San Benito Workforce Development Boards and the Monterey-Santa Cruz Building Trades Council Training & Education Fund.


graduation rate

144 Hrs

MC3 Content

3 Month