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Apprenticeship 30 years

Basic to Advanced Construction Courses

Northwest Laborers Training offers a variety of courses focusing on Construction Craft Laborer training and education. Each class is geared to introduce new or build upon already established skills.

The following is a non-comprehensive listing of the classes we teach:

Our Courses by Category

All Industry & Upgrade Courses:

Blueprint Reading

All projects start with a blueprint  (also called a “plan” or a “print”). The ability to read and interpret a project plan is a fundamental skill that every construction craft laborer should possess.  If you desire to advance in any type of work, you must take this training.

This course introduces concepts and conventions used in plans and includes:

  • Learning common symbols and notations

  • Identifying types of plans such as civil, architectural, etc.

  • Finding and interpreting detail drawings

Concrete Placement

Concrete is the most versatile construction material ever invented and it is used in one application or another on almost every construction project.  All Construction Craft Laborers must know and be able to: 1) prepare for concrete placement; 2) place it correctly; and, 3) predict the chemical reactions that will occur when it cures.

Concrete is a major job skill area within the spectrum of work performed by Construction Craft Laborers.  This is a “must have” course for any career Laborer.

The course includes:

  • Preparing for placement

  • Calculating quantities

  • Cement to water ratios

  • Chemical reactions during curing

  • Mixing basics


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Forklift Safety

State and Federal regulations require the training and credentialing of any employee who operates a powered industrial lift truck (forklift) on a construction site.

This course includes:

  • Operator responsibilities

  • Maintenance and fueling

  • Understanding load charts

  • Estimating load weights

Mason Tending

Mason tending is a sub-occupation of the building industry. Many Construction Craft Laborers have worked their entire career as a mason tender and often with a single employer. Most masonry contractors consider their mason tender the most important member on the project because a good tender keeps the entire crew productive.

The course includes:

  • Job set up

  • Scaffold erection

  • Estimating and stocking materials

  • Mortar mixes and procedures

  • Rough terrain forklift operation and safety

  • Working with masons

  • Project weather protection

Rigging & Signaling

The need to move construction tools and materials occurs on every construction project. A good rigger/signaler is an important member of any construction crew as the safe movement of tools and materials is critical to project safety and productivity.

This course covers the regulations, theory and techniques used in hoisting and moving loads. It includes hands-on practice designed to impart a working knowledge of hoisting procedures and special safety concerns.

The course includes:

  • State and Federal Regulations

  • Types of slings, their ratings and uses

  • Calculating loads

  • Wire and man-made ropes

  • Knots and splices

  • Hand and voice signaling

  • Safety issues

CESCL (Erosion Control)

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Grade Checking

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Pipe Laying / Gravity & Pressure

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Road Excavation & Plan Reading

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Traffic Control

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Traffic Control Supervisor

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Asbestos Abatement Worker / Supervisor

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that can cause lung and other respiratory/gastronomic diseases when inhaled or ingested. Because of its insulating and fireproofing properties, it was used profusely in the construction industry before the negative health effects were commonly known.

Because so much asbestos was used in common building products, its removal is a major work area in the Environmental Remediation industry and many Laborers have been, and still are, employed in this industry.

Due to its health hazards, workers must be trained, tested and certified before working in this industry.

This Asbestos Abatement Worker course is Washington and Oregon State approved and meets or exceeds the EPA, OSHA, WISHA and DEQ training and certification requirements.

The course includes lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training in:

  • Legal rights of workers

  • Safe removal and work area clean up

  • Personal protective equipment

  • Engineering controls and air monitoring

State and Federal regulations require that supervisors in the Asbestos Abatement industry receive additional training, testing and credentialing.  This course focuses on the responsibilities of a supervisor in setting up and managing an abatement project.

The course includes lectures and demonstrations on:

  • Asbestos identification

  • Aerodynamic characteristics

  • Calibration of air monitoring equipment

  • Respirator fit test protocols

  • Project set up and monitoring the work

Hazardous Waste Worker / Supervisor

Hazardous waste remediation is a major division of the environmental remediation industry. Many Construction Craft Laborers are working in this industry. Training and certification are required by State and Federal regulations to work in this industry.

The Hazardous Waste Worker course uses both classroom and hands-on training to teach common types of hazardous materials and safe methods to remediate them.  

This course both meets and exceeds State and Federal training requirements.  The course includes:

  • Hazard recognition

  • Health effects

  • Types of personal protective equipment

  • Site safety and health plans

  • Sampling protocols for air, water, and soil

  • Regulations and worker legal rights

  • Remediation technologies

Lead Abatement Renovator

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Fire Watch

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First Aid / CPR

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OSHA 510

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Pipeline Technology

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Tunnel Training Program

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