Start Your Construction Career.

People drawn to construction work are quick thinkers. They have to be – to make decisions on the fly, at the job site, where plans, goals and environmental conditions are often in a state of flux. Quick thinkers are also quick learners – the CWDA alliance partners offer training programs to get you skilled and ready to work.



This class is excellent for the tradesperson who is just entering the field, or for the person who is transitioning into a position that requires a good understanding of how prints are put together and how different drawings correlate with each other and all the trades.

Course Description:
Week 1: Introductions and overview of prints and specifications

Weeks 2-6 will be spent going thru the prints in the chronological order of how the building is built:

Week 2: Review site work and concrete, coordination with specifications and other trades

Week 3: Review structural steel and masonry and their coordination with others

Week 4: Review architectural floor plans, cuts, details, reflected ceiling plans

Week 5: Review plumbing and HVAC

Week 6: Review electrical drawings and recap on the whole process

Each class will begin with a worksheet to validate what was learned in the previous class.
Class Capacity: 30

Dates: April 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: The Bouma Corp. Training Room
Fee:  First Attendee: $299;  each additional: $249





Ready, Set, Work

Once you earn your CCC, you can start working! As you gain real-world experience, you may also want to obtain additional education – at GRCC or another university, or through continued trades program training. You can tailor your career path according to your own passions and aspirations.

• Learn the basics of the construction industry
• Prepare for an entry-level construction position
• Receive MIOSHA safety training
• Earn equipment operator certification
• Get at least 2 interviews with local construction employers – guaranteed!

Monday, June 1– Tuesday, June 23, 2017
(Monday–Friday 7:30a.m. to 4:30p.m.)

Available to: 18-25 year-olds

Application deadline:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 5:00p.m.

Recipients will be notified by
Friday, April 14, 2017

Apply online today at
Download the application: 2017 Jump Start Scholarship Application
or email: Norm Brady,





Michigan Residential Builders License Pre-License Training Course

Need a Builders License?

The first step in obtaining your Michigan Builders’ License is preparing to take the required test, by taking the required 60 hour pre-license class. The class will provide you with a way to reach your goal of getting a builders license in the most efficient way possible, with the convenience of one-on-one training in a classroom setting.

Learning modules include: Michigan Residential Code; Business Management, Estimating and Cost Accounting; Marketing and Sales; Project Management and Scheduling Contracts, Liability and Risk Management; Design and Build Science; Occupational Codes; MIOSHA Safety Standards.

Cost for the training is $899, but if more than 10 students register, class is discounted to $699.

If the student joins the HBA within 30 days of completing the class, or receiving their builders license, they will receive a $100 rebate. Not to mention that students that attend this class can attend a FREE RRP class on November 14, a $150 value!

Dates & Time: To be announced – please contact The HBAGGR for more information.


Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids

3959 Clay Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49548-3014

Instructor: Ed Wenz, Michigan Builder Training, LLC

Cost per person:  $899.00