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Construction Trade Skills

Funding is available through the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Scholarships. Contact a Career Navigator for more information and to get started.

Courses are held at Harford's Leading Edge Training Center Powered by the Ratcliffe Foundation, located at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties, 2002 Cedar Drive, Edgewood, MD.

A career in the construction trades is more than just wearing a hard hat and steel-toed boots. It's for those who are willing to work hand and continue to learn on the job.

These programs are designed for individuals who have an interest in construction but don’t know anything about the industry. Students receive an overview of the industry as well as the skills, knowledge, and experience to know what its like to work in construction.

In the NCCER course students learn basic safety through instruction and use of hand and power tools, the math required on a construction site, and how to read construction drawings. 

Program Overview

Completion certificate or NCCER industry certification




Required Courses

Construction Trades Skills:

  • Introduction to Construction Industry
  • Practical Construction Skills I
  • Practical Construction Skills II

NCCER Intro to Construction Skills:

At the conclusion of the course, students sit for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) industry certification exam.

What can I do when I complete this program?

Students successfully completing this program will have the skills to get hired onto a job site where they can continue to learn the trade. 

Potential Careers

  • Carpenter
  • Electrician
  • HVAC Technician 
  • Plumber