Skilled Trades

Jobs requiring trade skills are some of the most stable in our region. No matter how the workforce shifts, we need people who are able to plan, construct and fix our surroundings.

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See some of our current Skilled Trades courses below. These National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) offerings prepare you for construction, HVAC, electrical, plumbing and heavy equipment careers. To receive financial aid, please get in touch with us directly to register for your course or program through CCWA.

Through programs at CCWA, you can learn from experienced instructors using state-of-the-art simulators and hands-on teaching to train for nationally recognized credentials in this field. We develop all courses in direct response to job availability and demand—for example, the Heavy Equipment Operator program was created to meet the growing employment need for equipment operators.

CCWA’s skilled trade courses are stackable for more credentials. Career paths in skilled trades start with the NCCER CORE Craft Skills class—in which you can earn a credential in as little as 40 hours. Some courses require the CORE class as a prerequisite, and others incorporate the CORE education into a more specialized training, so check the course description and get in touch if you have questions.

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Takeaway Skills

  • Core craft skills
  • Orientation to the trades
  • Safety
  • Heavy equipment operation
  • Introduction to tools
  • Construction math
  • HVAC operation and repair
  • Electrical operation
  • Construction skills
  • Plumbing
  • Welding
Courses

Current Courses

See some of our current Skilled Trades courses below. To receive financial aid, please get in touch with us directly to register for your course or program through CCWA.

NCCER: Introductory Craft Skills (Workforce Development and Conference Center)

02/02/2022 - 03/16/2022

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is the credentialing body for the NCCER CORE Curriculum certification. The NCCER CORE training course is a prerequisite to all other NCCER Level 1 craft curriculum in construction and industrial occupations such as carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, welding, drywall and construction craft laborer. The NCCER standardized curricula introduces basic skills for obtaining and retaining industrial employment, including an introduction to hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic communication skills, basic safety and basic employability skills. This certification-training course provides the foundational skills needed to continue entry-level education in any skilled-craft.

NCCER: Introductory Craft Skills (Workforce Development and Conference Center)

02/07/2022 - 03/15/2022

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is the credentialing body for the NCCER CORE Curriculum certification. The NCCER CORE training course is a prerequisite to all other NCCER Level 1 craft curriculum in construction and industrial occupations such as carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, welding, drywall and construction craft laborer. The NCCER standardized curricula introduces basic skills for obtaining and retaining industrial employment, including an introduction to hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic communication skills, basic safety and basic employability skills. This certification-training course provides the foundational skills needed to continue entry-level education in any skilled-craft.

NCCER: Introductory Craft Skills (Hybrid)

02/15/2022 - 03/10/2022

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is the credentialing body for the NCCER CORE Curriculum certification. The NCCER CORE training course is a prerequisite to all other NCCER Level 1 craft curriculum in construction and industrial occupations such as carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, welding, drywall and construction craft laborer. The NCCER standardized curricula introduces basic skills for obtaining and retaining industrial employment, including an introduction to hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic communication skills, basic safety and basic employability skills. This certification-training course provides the foundational skills needed to continue entry-level education in any skilled-craft.

NCCER: Introductory Craft Skills (Workforce Development and Conference Center)

01/12/2022 - 02/26/2022

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is the credentialing body for the NCCER CORE Curriculum certification. The NCCER CORE training course is a prerequisite to all other NCCER Level 1 craft curriculum in construction and industrial occupations such as carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, welding, drywall and construction craft laborer. The NCCER standardized curricula introduces basic skills for obtaining and retaining industrial employment, including an introduction to hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic communication skills, basic safety and basic employability skills. This certification-training course provides the foundational skills needed to continue entry-level education in any skilled-craft.

NCCER: HVAC Level 1

02/23/2022 - 05/04/2022

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is the credentialing body for the NCCER CORE Curriculum certification. The NCCER HVAC level 1 certification course is part of the required training for many companies’ apprenticeship programs. This course is intended for students interested in entering the HVAC industry and it can help you get a foot-in-the-door to a helper or apprentice position. Instruction will cover topics such as HVAC Field Calculations, Basic Electricity, Basic Heating and Cooling Systems, and will include test preparation for the EPA-608 refrigerant certification exam. There may be an additional cost for EPA 608 certification. Registration in NCCER CORE, or previous NCCER CORE certification is required for enrollment in HVAC level 1.

NCCER: Electrical Level 1

03/21/2022 - 05/25/2022

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is the credentialing body for the NCCER Electrical level 1 certification. The NCCER Electrical level 1 certification course is part of the required training for many companies’ apprenticeship programs. This course is intended for students interested in entering the Electrician industry and it can help you get a foot-in-the-door to a helper or apprentice position. Instruction will cover topics such as Orientation to the Electrical Trade, Electrical Safety, Electrical Circuits, Electrical Theory, National Electrical Code, Device Boxes, Raceways, Fittings, Conduit, Conductors and Cables, Fasteners and Anchors, Basic Electrical Construction Drawings, Residential Electrical Services and Electrical Test Equipment. Registration in NCCER CORE, or previous NCCER CORE certification is required for enrollment in NCCER Electrical level 1.

NCCER: Heavy Equipment Operator Level 1 (Hybrid)

03/15/2022 - 04/27/2022

The Heavy Equipment Operator program was developed to meet the growing employment demands for equipment operators. Students will learn the following content: core craft skills, orientation to the trade, heavy equipment safety, identification of heavy equipment, basic operational techniques, utility tractors, introduction to earthmoving, interpreting civil drawings and using simulator exercises for equipment basic controls, loading and unloading and excavating and trenching. Registration in NCCER CORE, or previous NCCER CORE certification is required for enrollment in HEO level 1.

NCCER: Plumbing Level 1

02/23/2022 - 05/04/2022

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is the credentialing body for the NCCER Plumbing level 1 certification. The NCCER Plumbing level 1 certification course is part of the required training for many companies’ apprenticeship programs. This course is intended for students interested in entering the Plumbing industry and it can help you get a foot-in-the-door to a helper or apprentice position. Instruction will cover topics such as Introduction to the Plumbing Profession, Plumbing Safety, Plumbing Tool, Introduction to Plumbing Math, Introduction to Plumbing Drawings, Plastic Pipe and Fittings, Copper Pipe and Fittings, Cast-Iron Pipe and Fittings, Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings, Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing, Fixtures and Faucets, Introduction to Drain, Waste and Vent (DWV) Systems and Introduction to Water Systems. Registration in NCCER CORE, or previous NCCER CORE certification is required for enrollment in NCCER Plumbing level 1.

VDOT: Intermediate Work Zone Traffic Control (WZTC) Certification

01/13/2022 - 01/14/2022

The Intermediate course is required for all persons with duties that include inspection of work zone traffic control, supervisory responsibilities, VDOT Work Zone Traffic Control Coordinator responsibility, Traffic Control Supervisors and personnel with responsibility for the development of work zone safety policies and procedures. VDOT requires WZTC training every four (4) years. Participants will receive classroom instruction from the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual (VAWAPM) and its supplemental Pocket Guide, flagging operations and Part 6 of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Students will participate in multiple hands-on workshop exercises selecting and setting up sample work zones. A written test is given, which includes minimum design standards for temporary traffic control and flagging operations in long-term, intermediate-term, short-term, short duration and mobile type traffic control operations. Within sixty (60) days of successful completion of a training course, each individual shall receive a wallet-sized card, which shows the trainee’s name and verification number, the course category, the date the course was successfully completed and the expiration date. This certification will also permit the individual to perform flagging operations. An 80% or higher score is required for certification For more information on the VDOT requirements for WZTC visit: http://www.vdot.virginia.gov/business/trafficeng-WZS.asp

VDOT: Intermediate Work Zone Traffic Control (WZTC) Certification

03/17/2022 - 03/18/2022

The Intermediate course is required for all persons with duties that include inspection of work zone traffic control, supervisory responsibilities, VDOT Work Zone Traffic Control Coordinator responsibility, Traffic Control Supervisors and personnel with responsibility for the development of work zone safety policies and procedures. VDOT requires WZTC training every four (4) years. Participants will receive classroom instruction from the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual (VAWAPM) and its supplemental Pocket Guide, flagging operations and Part 6 of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Students will participate in multiple hands-on workshop exercises selecting and setting up sample work zones. A written test is given, which includes minimum design standards for temporary traffic control and flagging operations in long-term, intermediate-term, short-term, short duration and mobile type traffic control operations. Within sixty (60) days of successful completion of a training course, each individual shall receive a wallet-sized card, which shows the trainee’s name and verification number, the course category, the date the course was successfully completed and the expiration date. This certification will also permit the individual to perform flagging operations. An 80% or higher score is required for certification For more information on the VDOT requirements for WZTC visit: http://www.vdot.virginia.gov/business/trafficeng-WZS.asp

Lead Abatement Inspector

03/21/2022 - 03/23/2022

Lead Abatement Inspector training provides information for individuals who wish to perform lead-based paint inspections and/or clearance examinations. This course will teach the inspection and clearance procedures outlined in state and federal regulations and guidelines and legal obligations facing inspectors when inspecting for lead-based paint. This course is approved by Virginia's Department of Professional Regulations and is a prerequisite to obtaining a Virginia Lead Inspector license. This 24-hour course includes the required 8 hours of hands-on training and covers the following: Background information on lead, Health effects of lead Regulatory review, Roles and responsibilities of the lead-based paint inspector, Lead-based paint inspection methods, including selection of rooms and components for sampling or testing, Paint, dust and soil sampling methodologies, Preparation of the final inspection report, Clearance standards and testing, Record-keeping Course review and examination.

Lead Abatement Risk Assessor

03/24/2022 - 03/25/2022

The Lead Risk Assessor training course provides information for those individuals who wish to perform lead-based paint risk assessment or lead hazard screening services. This class will prepare students to perform on-site risk assessment, take samples, determine the severity of lead hazards and develop options for eliminating those hazards. The Lead Inspector training course is a pre-requisite for this class. This course is approved by Virginia's Department of Professional Regulations and is a prerequisite to obtaining a Virginia Lead Risk Assessor license. This 16-hour course includes the required 4 hours of hands-on training and covers the following: Roles and responsibilities of a risk assessor, Regulatory review, Collection of background information to perform risk assessment, Visual inspection for the purpose of identifying potential sources of lead-based hazards, Sources of environmental lead contamination such as paint, surface dust, water, air, packaging and food, Lead hazard screen protocol, Sampling for other sources of lead exposure Interpretation of lead-based paint and other sampling results, Development of hazard control options, the role of interim controls and operations and maintenance activities to reduce lead-based paint hazards, Preparation of a final risk assessment report, Course review and examination.

Lead Abatement Supervisor

01/10/2022 - 01/13/2022

Lead Abatement Supervisor training provides information on lead-based paint abatement and regulatory guidelines for those individuals that will plan and/or oversee lead abatement work.This 32-hour course includes a required minimum of 8 hours for hands-on training. This course is approved by Virginia's Department of Professional Regulations and includes the following topics: Role and responsibilities of an abatement supervisor, Background information on lead and the adverse health effects, Background information on federal, state and local regulations and guidance that pertains to lead-based paint activities including distribution and thorough review of the Virginia Lead-Based Pain Activities, Regulations Liability and insurance issues relating to lead-based paint abatement, Risk assessment and inspection report interpretation, Development and implementation of an occupant protection plan and abatement report, Lead-based paint hazard recognition and control methods, Lead-based paint abatement or lead hazard reduction methods, including restricted work practices Interior dust abatement/clean up or lead hazard reduction, Soil and exterior dust abatement or lead hazard reduction, Clearance standards and testing, Clean-up and waste disposal and Record-keeping,

Lead Abatement Supervisor

04/11/2022 - 04/14/2022

Lead Abatement Supervisor training provides information on lead-based paint abatement and regulatory guidelines for those individuals that will plan and/or oversee lead abatement work.This 32-hour course includes a required minimum of 8 hours for hands-on training. This course is approved by Virginia's Department of Professional Regulations and includes the following topics: Role and responsibilities of an abatement supervisor, Background information on lead and the adverse health effects, Background information on federal, state and local regulations and guidance that pertains to lead-based paint activities including distribution and thorough review of the Virginia Lead-Based Pain Activities, Regulations Liability and insurance issues relating to lead-based paint abatement, Risk assessment and inspection report interpretation, Development and implementation of an occupant protection plan and abatement report, Lead-based paint hazard recognition and control methods, Lead-based paint abatement or lead hazard reduction methods, including restricted work practices Interior dust abatement/clean up or lead hazard reduction, Soil and exterior dust abatement or lead hazard reduction, Clearance standards and testing, Clean-up and waste disposal and Record-keeping,

Lead Abatement Worker

01/31/2022 - 02/01/2022

This 16-hour course includes the required 8 hours of hands-on training. This course is approved by Virginia's Department of Professional Regulations and includes the following topics: Role and responsibilities of an abatement worker, Background information and health effects of lead, Background information on federal, state and local regulations and guidance that pertains to lead-based pain activities, Lead-based paint hazard recognition and control methods, Lead-based paint abatement and lead hazard reduction methods, including restricted work practices Interior dust abatement methods clean-up or lead hazard reduction, Soil and exterior dust abatement methods or lead hazard reduction.

Lead Abatement Worker

04/25/2022 - 04/26/2022

This 16-hour course includes the required 8 hours of hands-on training. This course is approved by Virginia's Department of Professional Regulations and includes the following topics: Role and responsibilities of an abatement worker, Background information and health effects of lead, Background information on federal, state and local regulations and guidance that pertains to lead-based pain activities, Lead-based paint hazard recognition and control methods, Lead-based paint abatement and lead hazard reduction methods, including restricted work practices Interior dust abatement methods clean-up or lead hazard reduction, Soil and exterior dust abatement methods or lead hazard reduction.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get more funding to participate in the program?
We have FastForward program funding as well as scholarship opportunities from FANTIC, Re-Employ VA and Trades. Contact us directly to find out which apply to you.
Are classes taught in person or online?
Both. Many of our skilled trade classes are hybrid, so you will be required to be in class for some sessions and online with reliable internet for others.
Do you offer job placement?
Job placement is not guaranteed but CCWA has partnerships with many companies in the state and can provide aid in preparing for apprenticeship or job interviews. Our skilled trade students have gone on to careers with James River Air, Tribble Electric, eTEC Mechanical, ColonialWebb, Atlantic Constructors, Woodfin/EMC, ITAC, Rudy Hawkins Electrical and others.

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John McGarry
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