Training Programs

Surveying and Construction Materials Training

Opportunity+ is a pathway to rewarding careers in surveying and construction materials testing.

Through this FREE program, participants are offered the training, skill building, and networking skills to kick-start a career as a surveyor or construction materials technician in the civil engineering industry.

When: January 6 – April 23, 2020
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m and one Saturday per month
Where: CareerForce North, 800 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis

For more information or to apply, visit

Download: Training Flyer

AMR Apprentice & Manufacturing Training

Build the skills and gain valuable experience to get a living wage, hands-on job in construction or manufacturing.

FREE training includes:

  • Introduction to a variety of skills—welding, carpentry, plumbing, bricklaying, forklift, and more
  • Gain confidence, literacy and skills to enter these fields through classroom and hands-on training
  • Placement in a career where you can make $20+ per hour in fields with hands-on, on-the-job training
  • Learn how to use many tools and machines, trade math, blueprint reading, solar energy and more!
  • OSHA 10 preparation, Forklift Safety Certificate, First Aid, CPR, Northstar Digital Literacy
  • Career counseling to support you along the way

When: September 2019—April 2020
Time: 8:30am—12:30pm
Where: Fairview Community Center, 1910 County B Road W, Roseville, MN

Register for the training:
Contact Rebekah Hanson
Phone: 651-202-3136

Download: Free Training Flyer

Urban Boat Builders

The apprenticeship program is a paid job training opportunity in which Twin Cities youth develop skills in technical woodworking, social and emotional learning, career-readiness, and a connection to local waterways.

The program hires youth (16-19) who qualify as low-income and/or have employment barriers and they have the option to participate from 3 – 12 months (initial commitment is one session). Pay starts at $9.65/hour with opportunities to receive a raise with each session.

Fall Schedule:

Below is a list of important upcoming dates with the
hiring process:

  • 8/19/2019 – The online application goes live!
  • 9/05/2019 – Open House
  • 9/13/2019 – Application closes
  • 9/17/2019 – Interviews begin
  • 9/19/2019 – Employment offers finalized
  • 9/23/2019 – Training week begins

Download: Website

Carpenter – 5 Week Industry Training

APEX Information Overview
APEX participants spend five weeks experiencing an introduction to major areas of our field. This introduction includes discussing jobsite readiness and expectations, working hands on with common hand and power tools, material identification, layout and construction techniques, including introduction to aerial lifts.

Introduction to Trades:

  • Interior Systems
  • Wood Framing
  • Intro to Concrete & Interior Finish
  • OSHA 10 & First Aid/CPR
  • Hand & Power Tool Orientation

Please Note: Graduating participants receive full set of tool bags with essential hand tools, 25′ tape measure, 2′ level and a framing square.

If you are interested, please contact:
Chelsea at 651-289-5054 or

Download: Information Flyer

Free Construction Training

Are you unemployed or underemployed? Looking for a new career that pays a livable wage? Merrick Community Services’ Construction Training Program may be right for you.

This FREE program offers construction training along with the following soft skills:

  • OSHA 30 Certificate
  • First AID CPR & AED certificate
  • Fork lift training certificate
  • Hazardous Waste training
  • Confined Space training

Download: More Information

MN Trades Academy

The MN Trades Academy aspires to provide educational and hands-on experiences for current high school youth to earn while they learn about construction as a career choice.  Space is limited. Eligible students from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Ramsey County may apply by texting “MTA” to 651.350.0910 and completing an online MTA application (sent by text). Please see attached PDF for more information and application deadlines.

Download: MTA Flyer

Transportation Commercial Learner’s Permit Training

Training Includes:

  • Commercial Learner Permit instruction
  • Employment assistance in Transportation Industry
  • Customer Service skills coaching
  • Employability skills training
  • Commercial Learner Permit Certification

Training Location:
1821 University Avenue, Suite N-263
St. Paul, MN 55104

For More Information Contact:      
Theresa Sullivan

Maintenance and Facilities Training

Customized 8 weeks of FREE training at Twin Cities RISE.  Successful completion of our training will allow participants direct interviews with progressive employers located in the Twin Cities for DIRECT HIRE positions.

Training Sessions start April 8, 2019

  • OSHA 30 General Manufacturing
  • Certification w/ Basic overview
    of plumbing, & blueprint reading
  • Electricity, Construction & general
    facility/ warehouse operations &
    basic use of hand tools
  • Employer Introductions
  • Personal Empowerment
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Emotional Intelligence Training
  • Career Development & Preparation
  • Resume Creation & Interview Prep

Download: Training Flyer

MnDOT-DEED Re-Construction Training and Placement Program for 2019

The MnDOT-DEED Re-Construction Training and Placement Program (RTP) provides job training opportunities for women and minorities who are underrepresented in the highway construction industry. The Program is offered to prepare qualified candidates for employment affiliated with all MnDOT-associated highway construction projects.

Download: MnDot-DEED Flyer
Download: Application

Warehouse Training Logistic Training

Gains the skills and certifications you need in this short program on logistics and lift operation training.

  • Warehouse 101 & career workshop
  • OSHA 10-hour certification
  • Forklift certification (off-site)
  • Bobcat certification (off-site)

As you progress through the program, we provide increasing assistance in career services and employment placement.
Space is limited to 20 individuals.

Download: Warehouse Training

Equipment Operator Training – FREE

1-Week Certification

• Compact excavator certification (off site)
• Toolcat™ utility work machine certification (off site)
• OSHA 10-hour certification
• Computer self-services training

On completion of this course, we provide assistance in career services and
employment placement.

Enroll or learn more at
Download: Flyer

For more information, please contact Stephanie Nick at 612-341-3358


High paying jobs are available in the construction and building trades. This free training can give you what you need to launch your career.

Training Courses are offered in the Fall Semester 2018 at Saint Paul College.  Space is limited so, apply now at:

Download more information: TradingUP Flyer

Maintenance Custodial Training Program

This 375-hour (13 week) course teaches technical and hands-on skills training in tool use, safety, plumbing, carpentry, painting, drywall, circuitry, and heating and air conditioning. Avivo graduates are equipped for jobs in general maintenance, including janitorial positions, and custodial positions.

This course also includes on-the-job training, as well as preparation for Boilers License Exam (Minnesota Department of Labor Special Class Engineer License) and preparation of Certified Pool Operator.

Graduates will acquire knowledge and skills in:

  • Safety procedures,
  • Plumbing,
  • Electricity and circuitry,
  • Heating and air conditioning,
  • Restroom and office cleaning,
  • Painting and carpentry,
  • Carpet and hard floor care techniques, and
  • Attain credentials in Special Class Engineers License and Certified Pool Operator.

For more information go to

Free 180 Hour CDL Training

Looking for a new career that offers a competitive wage and benefits?
MnDOT’s sponsored Commercial Driver License (CDL) Program may be right for you!

This is a free 180 hour CDL Training program offers Commercial Driving License (Class B) instruction, along with eligibility for the following services:

  • 1-on-1 Job Placement Assistance
  • Child Care Assistance
  • Transportation Assistance

Info Sessions are held every Wednesday starting Nov. 7th, 2018, through Feb. 6th, 2019, at 10am and 6pm at:
Merrick Community Services
1669 Arcade Street North – Suite 4
Saint Paul, MN 55106

All applicants must attend the Info Sessions prior to enrollment!

For more information, contact Burhan Yousuf at
or call 651-771-9339 or 651-219-5450

Download: Training Flyer

FREE Carpentry Training & Job
Placement help with CLUES

Bridge to Carpentry Training:

  • August 13 – October 5
  • Weeks 1-4; Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm @ CLUES St. Paul (797 E 7th Street, St. Paul)
  • Weeks 5-8; Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm @ North Country Carpenters Training Center (740 Olive Street, St. Paul)
  • OPEN TO ANYONE with a High School Diploma/GED (from outside are accepted) and 6th grade English reading level.

Registration sessions are every Thursday between 1-3 p.m. in St. Paul. No appointment required, walk-ins welcome. To see locations, please open the Carpentry Flyer below.

Download: Carpentry Flyer 8.18

Construction Roofing Training

Hands on accelerated training program covering basic tool handling skills, detail work knowledge, blue print reading, safety, and opportunity for employment following successful completion of training.

Training Highlights

  • Location: 4912 France Avenue North, Brooklyn Center
  • Tuition: Free! Lunch: Free! Gift cards: for milestone achievements
  • Certifications: Forklift
  • Eligibility: physically “tough” and able to handle elements year-round

Download Flyer: Construction Roofing Training

In partnership with Horizon Roofing Company in Brooklyn Center.

High-Wage: High-Demand careers

Are you interested in High-Wage, High-Demand careers? Consider a career in the construction trades. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is looking for women interested in 12 weeks of hands-on training in Construction that includes job placement assistance:

  • Six weeks of classroom and shop training
  • Six weeks paid training on construction sites
  • Instruction in construction concepts, green building
  • practices, tool use, blueprints, math and measuring
  • Insulation, drywall, siding, roofing and deconstruction
  • OSHA 10 Completion Card
  • Lead Abatement Worker Certification
  • Earn 36 continuing education units
  • Union and construction industry speakers/tours
  • Assistance with job placement and follow-up services including help with resumes, applications, interviewing,
    job search, retention and promotions
  • Support to achieve long-term career goals: Twin Cities
    companies hire Goodwill-Easter Seals graduates!
  • Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00am – 1:30pm

Where: Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Construction/Automotive Training Facility
635 Prior Ave. N.blackfemale
St. Paul, MN 55104Black Female - Construction Worker

For more information call 651-379-5837

Goodwill-Easter Seals also offers training in Automotive Services, Banking and Finance, Computer Literacy, Contact Center and Medical Office. Call 651-379-5837 for more information.

Free Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)Training

HAP is now offering a short-term (90 hours) training program in Class-B Commercial Driver’s License. Receive permit and behind the wheel training.

People can attend the information session which is hosted every Tuesday from 2pm-4pm at 1075 Arcade St. St. Paul, MN 55106 and Friday from 9:30am-11:30am at 394 University Ave W. St. Paul, MN 55103. They can attend to one information session and it is a walk-in without any appointment.

DownloadFree CDL Training

To learn more, please contact:
Oong Yang
Custom Job Training Case Manager
1075 Arcade St.
Saint Paul, MN  55106
Phone: 651-495-1566


AmeriCorps is a national service program that addresses challenges in our communities through the dedicated service of its members. Members join to give back to their communities while gaining a foundation of marketable skills for natural resource careers.

AmeriCorps opportunities for young adults, ages 18-25, include non-residential Field Crews in northern, central and southern Minnesota and central Iowa, which engage young adults in year-round natural resource and emergency response work. Conservation Apprentices serve in Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout Minnesota where they learn hands-on skills in resource management. Home Energy Squads install energy-saving measures in homes, such as weather-stripping and programmable thermostats. Individual placements serve in nonprofit and government agencies focused on energy, natural resource management and community outreach. Youth Outdoors Leaders and Summer Youth Corps Leaders serve programs that engage teens, ages 15 to 18, in outdoor service-learning: Youth Outdoors and Summer Youth Corps.

Hubbs Center Occupational Preparation Classes (Saint Paul)

  • Carpentry Preparation: Hands on preparation to enter Pre-Apprenticeship program with building trades. Learn skills in construction safety, OSHA 10 Certification. Develop carpentry skil
  • ls in wood framing interior and exterior finish, hand and power tool use, carpentry math and reading skills. In addition, receive First Aid/CPR training.
  • Hubbs Center FastTRAC Training Programs – Minnesota FastTRAC (Training, Resources, and Credentialing) seeks to make Minnesota more competitive by meeting the common skills needs of businesses and individuals.  FastTRAC’s innovative approach helps educationally underprepared adults succeed in well-paying careers by integrating basic skills education and career-specific training in fields where new skills are in high demand. By focusing on high-demand fields, FastTRAC meets the needs of business while ensuring that students find well-paying jobs with room for advancement.

Download: Hubbs Center Occupational Prep Classes


The CDL Training Program puts people on the road to success by helping them to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). After successfully completing training, participants are qualified for good-paying jobs in construction, highway maintenance, transit and other in-demand industries.

Classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at YWCA St. Paul, with license instruction and experiential training at a local trucking school. New sessions begin monthly on a rolling basis, and there is no cost to participants. For more information, including frequently asked questions and eligibility requirements, please visit

Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Pathways to a Better Life (… a program for Ex-Offenders)

We know you’ve got challenges ahead of you. Let us walk alongside you as you meet each of these challenges on your way to achieving a brand new way of living. Turn this sheet over to see all the ways we can help you, and how you can get started on this exciting path. Download:   Pathways to a Better Life Flyer

Schools Offering Construction Education & Training

Below is a short list of construction programs through our State universities and private colleges. To research a full list of this schools, go to Careerwise Education and search specific programs.

Click here to download the List of Schools offering Construction Training.

State of Minnesota Veterans Priority of Service

A veteran shall be given priority over a non-veteran for receipt of employment, training, and placement of services in job training programs if the veteran meets the program’s eligibility requirements. Please contact your Veterans Employment Representative

A service provided by Ramsey County Workforce Solutions, 651-266-6041