These courses are available at each local union where facilities are available for either classroom or hands-on activities. Please call your local union or the Training Fund at 1-800-478-0058 to discuss course schedules and enrollment.

Asbestos Abatement Worker Course

The 32-hour Asbestos Abatement Worker course focuses on the hazards of asbestos, the specific work practices, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment used on the abatement project. During this course, the trainees have an opportunity for group discussions concerning legal rights of the worker, and hands-on exercises. Completion of the course carries state certification eligibility under the EPA Model Accreditation Plan.

Asbestos Abatement Worker Refresher Course

Asbestos Abatement Worker Refresher Course The 8-hour Asbestos Abatement Worker Refresher course is designed to meet the refresher course requirements of the EPA and state regulations. Trainees are presented with updated information regarding new regulations, equipment, work practices, and other related information. Completion of the Asbestos Refresher provides continued eligibility for state certification under the EPA model accreditation plan

Hazardous Waste Worker Course held at Exton, PA or Pittsburgh, PA.

This 80-hour course exceeds the OSHA minimum requirements (1910.120) of 40 hours initial off-site instruction for journeyworkers involved in Hazardous Waste operations under CERCLA, RCRA, state, or local governments. Some of what the course covers are legal rights, health effects, hazard recognition, and site safety and health plans. It also includes safe handling, sampling, air monitoring techniques, and community relations. Journey-workers are required to complete simulated hands-on exercises on mock hazardous waste sites. Completion of the course carries EPA Certification for the Hazardous Waste Worker.

Hazardous Waste Worker Refresher Course

In this 8-hour course journeyworkers review their personal experiences as employees on hazardous waste sites. Subjects include: Hazard recognition, health effects of exposure, heat stress, use, care and limitations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Decontamination and site safety and health plans are also reviewed. This course fulfills the annual requalification requirement to maintain the EPA Certification for Hazardous Waste Worker as specified in the OSHA standard 1910.120.

Lead Abatement Worker

The 40-hour Lead Abatement Worker course provides skills for journeyworkers with information on lead abatement methods for safely abating various materials containing lead. Topics of discussion include abatement problems and possible solutions. Current regulations, worker safety, as well as preparation, containment, and cleanup of lead contaminated areas are discussed. Journeyworkers have an opportunity to practice hands-on removal procedures using the latest equipment on steel structures and wood building systems. Completion of the course carries state certification eligibility under the EPA model accreditation plan.

Lead Abatement Worker Refresher

The 8-hour Lead Worker Refresher is designed to meet the regulatory requirement for annual refresher training. Trainees are presented with updated information regarding work practices, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment.  Completion of the Lead Refresher provides continued eligibility for state certification under the EPA model accreditation plan.

Lead Abatement Supervisor

This course is offered to journeyworkers upon recommendation of a signatory contractor or business manager. The course is 48 hours in length and is an extension of the 40-hour Lead Abatement Worker Course. As the 40-hour worker class proceeds through the week, the supervisor candidates stay for an extra two hours in the evenings where aspects of contracts, record keeping and supervisor techniques are discussed. Upon completion, the supervisor candidate must enroll and pay the fee to complete a third party exam given by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Lead Abatement Supervisor Refresher

In this 8-hour course, participants that have currently completed Lead Abatement Supervisor training will meet the regulatory requirements for annual refresher training.  Upon completion, the supervisor must enroll and pay the fee to complete a third party exam given by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Oxy-Acetylene Cutting & Burning Course

A 32-hour course designed with a great deal of hands-on applications and safety techniques used to cut metals of varying gauges and strengths with oxy-acetylene torch systems.

Skid Steer Operations Course

A 24-hour course designed to give experience and safety training in the operation of the skid steer loader or bobcat.

Mason Tending

A 40-hour course which will complete the training necessary to perform all of the laborer’s tasks on a masonry project site. This training includes tools, equipment, mortar mixing to specification, material estimating, stocking, scaffold erection, plank lapping and pertinent safety information. The 16-hour forklift I course is presented to give introductory hands-on forklift operation, maintenance and safety training.

OSHA Outreach Certification

A 10- or 30-hour course that provides certification from OSHA on training of health, safety and work practices established in part 1926 code of federal regulations. Completion of this training is recognized by OSHA as qualification training to conduct tool box talks on the construction site.

Foreman Preparedness

A 40-hour course that provides the prospective foreman with techniques associated with leadership in the construction industry. Topics covered are communication, blueprint reading, construction math, project organization, documentation and protocol, OSHA construction standards, dealing with people and problem solving. This course is offered to journeyworkers upon recommendation of a signatory contractor or business manager.

Powered Industrial Truck Operations

This 40-hour course offers prospective, and experienced powered industrial truck operators certification training in both, the rough terrain forklift, and powered hand truck.  Included would be a written exam and task performance evaluations as required in 1926 Subpart O.

Powered Industrial Truck Operations Refresher

The 8-hour refresher is required for certified operators every three years, or if an operator is involved in an accident, or near miss with a powered industrial truck prior to the three year time frame.  Updated safety regulations and hands-on task performance evaluations are conducted in the refresher.

Nuclear Power Plant Worker

A 40-hour course designed to present concepts of radiation exposure and the biological effects of radiation, or can be tailored to accommodate the more experienced nuclear power plant journeyworker. Site specific training is also stressed by power plant and region. All aspects of nuclear power plant safety and operations are discussed. The background information obtained in this course is designed to aid journeyworkers to pass the contractors test for worker eligibility in nuclear power plants.

Red Cross Standard First Aid and Adult CPR

Subpart D Occupational Health and Environmental Controls 1926.50 paragraph C of the OSHA Standard specifically requires employers to provide a person on the job site that is currently certified in first aid training from the American Red Cross, Bureau of Mines or equivalent. The Contractor Associations are requesting that laborers have this training since they are the first and last workers on the job. This course can be offered over two nights or one day.

Line and Grade: Highway Grade Checking

The 40-hour Line and Grade course provides the necessary skills for maintaining elevation and alignment control of heavy and civil construction activities. The following topics are covered: measurement systems, construction line, measurement techniques and equipment, views, slope expression, construction referencing systems, and roadway slopes. A high math skill level is required. An advanced level course has also been developed for those completing the initial Line and Grade course for an additional 40 hours.

Concrete Reinforcing (Rod Tieing)

The 40-hour Concrete Reinforcing course provides the necessary skills, through hands-on application, for workers on the highway to tie steel to specifications. Six different ties are demonstrated on four separate work stations. OSHA revised Fall Protection Standard (1926.501) is discussed and hook off procedures using the full body harness and positioning devices are demonstrated for tieing steel on vertical ascents.  An advanced level course has also been developed for those completing the initial Rod Tieing course for an additional 40 hours.

Fall Protection Certification for the Construction Industry

This certification training is currently being provided in all refresher training and will be presented in initial training courses on request. The course is a verification that the recipient of the training has been given a copy and background of the Fall Protection Standard under 29 CFR 1926.503 Subpart M. It is the responsibility of the contractor to then give the training recipient specific instruction on the safe use and operation of the fall protection systems being used on that particular project.

Scaffold Safety Courses

A 40-hour training program for those erecting or dismantling. For those working on and using certain scaffold types, a 16-hour course is available. A thrust in understanding and using the OSHA Construction Standard is provided. Hands-on projects are completed to demonstrate competence in frame and brace, tube and coupler and systems scaffolding. The course is not limited to, but includes segments on the nature of scaffold hazards as well as the correct procedures for erection, dismantling, repair and inspection of scaffolds, nature of electrical, falls, falling object hazards  found in the work area, and  provides accurate load capacities for scaffold components and design criteria for scaffold types. The ten hour OSHA Outreach certification is also part of these courses.

Hoisting and Rigging Course

This 32-hour training program provides laborers with knowledge and good work practices regarding safe crane operations, hand signals, load types, safe rigging techniques, electrical hazards when conducting a lift, load weight limits and stability of load transport. There are several hands-on components including wire rope sling construction, crane lifting techniques, documented inspection procedures, construction of cribbing mats, and use of rigging hardware.

Mine Safety and Health Administration Course

The Mine Safety and Health Act requires certification training for those that work in underground, and surface mines.  This training involves an initial 24-hour hazard awareness class, and an 8-hour annual refresher for those that work on mine property.  Included employment scenarios that would require this training would be those working at quarries, cement batch plants, and any surface mines where aggregates are extracted for the construction industry.

Pipeline Evaluation Qualification

The 16 hour pipeline E.Q. is an evaluation through written testing and hands-on performance of six tasks laborers traditionally perform while working on the pipeline.  The tasks include atmospheric corrosion monitoring, applying leak clamps and sleeves, pipe coating maintenance, pipe inspection for damage, trench backfilling and cathodic protection.  Under the Laborers-AGC operator plan, this evaluation must be repeated every three years.

Craft Orientation and Hazard Communication

The 8 hour class introduces new union members to the union life, and provides required training under the hazard communication regulations for new employees.  The targeted group for this class are newly organized employees that currently work for employers that have recently signed collective bargaining agreements with the Laborers' International Union of North America.

APC/PennDot Flagger

The 8 hour class provides certification training under the PennDot special provisions for flaggers on roadways open to motorists to show documented training.  This training must be repeated every three years.

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