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Construction Training Options

written by: Jayant R Row • edited by: Lamar Stonecypher • updated: 2/11/2011

Training in any area of the construction industry requires a high-level of hands-on training and technical skills. The work completed inside programs provided by construction training providers covers professional work in depth to prepare students to enter careers in as little as six months.

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    Construction Training Options

    800px-Construction in Vienna The field of construction offers opportunities in building, repairing, and maintaining structures. While obtaining a graduate degree in engineering is a sure thing, and can enable entry into companies at supervisory and management level, the various trades involved in the building industry also offer a lot of scope to people who are properly trained by construction training providers which qualifies them to handle work in the construction industry. There are a number of options available and these can involve trades like carpentry and masonry, heavy equipment operation, plumbing, welding, electrical systems, and air conditioning systems, among many other trades. Most of these trades require some sort of vocational training and some may involve also certification from statutory bodies and the need to be licensed to carry on the trade.

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    Construction Training Providers

    Vocational training institutes or trade schools are the starting point when you are looking for construction training providers. It is suggested that students wanting to enroll in such schools or institutes look for those that are accredited as completion of courses from such schools is readily accepted by the industry, and the accreditation means that the standard of education imparted has been vetted by experts and found to be satisfactory. Obtaining further certification for occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) can increase the possibilities of obtaining employment after completing the necessary training. Most construction training certificate courses last for six months to a year and will include hands on practical work and also some sort of indenture at actual construction sites. Some basic schooling is a must for entry to these vocational schools.

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    Aptitude for Construction

    800px-US Navy 050105-N-1438S-010 Builder 3rd Class Christopher Ravella, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seventeen (NMCB-17), works alongside Iraqi students enrolled in the Iraqi Construction Apprentice Program (ICAP) 

    It is very necessary that the student goes through some sort of aptitude tests before opting for a particular trade. This will allow very professional advice on the skills that the person already has that can then be further honed by the course. Quite often such skills are passed down by the elder generations and students who belong to such families may find it easier to pass the aptitude tests and complete the vocational course.

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    Licensing Requirements

    Certain trades like welders and electricians require additional licensing or certification before they are allowed to wield their trades. Such licensing is mandatory and involves statutory authorities, with such licenses requiring constant renewal.

    Many construction companies that go in for large scale recruitment of people to engage in construction trades set up their own training facilities which allows them to train people as per exact requirements and the surety of a job leads the student to be more loyal to the company during and after the training.

    The fact that even in the worst case scenarios in the economy of a country, skilled construction trades will always have an opportunity for employment, as homes continue to need plumbers to repair leaky pipes, electricians to install electrical equipment, masons and carpenters for tiling and furniture work in a home. So picking up a trade and getting the necessary training from construction training providers can never be wrong.

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