Construction Skills Bootcamp Denver

Build a foundation for your career in construction

Given the recent events related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy has significantly modified its Construction Skills Bootcamp program. Starting in July, in-person training is back. However, there is limited seating, and safety precautions are followed.

All training is still geared towards jumpstarting your career and supporting you with your job search. In addition, there are multiple online options to ensure your safety and to respect the Social distancing guidelines as proposed by the CDC.

Students earn:

  • Solid foundation of construction skills
  • Exposure to different trades
  • OSHA-10 certification
  • Career support & virtual networking with employers


Tuition is free if you’re pursuing a new job or promotion in Colorado’s construction industry. In-person options require a $50 deposit that will be returned upon completion. Financial assistance is available.

The demand is huge. The opportunities are great. The moment is now.

Schedule Options

Students are required to attend classes each week and complete online coursework outside of class hours. All Bootcamps include carpentry, hand and power tools, safety, math, print reading, framing, hands-on build projects, and career help. We offer three schedule options:

Standard Bootcamp 

The training is the same as any other but it is more stretched out allowing for full schedules and workdays. Two nights a week for eight weeks.

Accelerated Bootcamp 

The Accelerated Bootcamp is the same as the standard but in a tighter schedule. Four afternoons a week, Mon-Thu, four weeks.

Attend an information session to learn more and the steps to fill out an application.


Let’s start the conversation about your career.

Course Content

Basic Safety

  • Identify jobsite safety issues
  • Describe best safety practices for construction
  • Identify and demonstrate different types of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Understand and practice correct lift and carry techniques for one and two people with standard building materials
  • Identify proper safety and use related to scaffolding
  • Demonstrate proper ladder safety, setup, and use vii.Obtain an OSHA 10 hour certification
  • Explain basic jobsite first aid
  • Explain basic fire safety procedures

Construction Industry Knowledge

  • Identify career pathways related to construction
  • Understand scope of projects in construction
  • Demonstrate technical and academic requirements for career pathways
  • Demonstrate the proper use and identification, including safety procedures,
    for various construction materials related to construction

Construction Math

  • Practice math operations related and commonly used in construction industry
  • Understand various math formulas to solve construction problems
  • Apply math formulas to common construction problems
  • Demonstrate math skills needed to pursue a career in construction

Exposure to Different Trades

  • The opportunity to meet with Industry leaders.
  • Students receive exposure to different trades from guest speakers working in the industry.

Hand and Power Tools

  • Demonstrate the proper use and identification, including safety procedures, for various hand tools related to construction
  • Demonstrate the proper use and identification, including safety procedures, for various power tools related to construction
  • Demonstrate the proper safety, use, care, and maintenance of power tools/equipment
  • Identify/select appropriate power tools for specific tasks in carpentry and other trades
  • Identify specific tools and materials a worker needs to complete different tasks in various trades.

Career Preparation

  • Identify process for legal employment in the field of construction
  • Understand basic elements of the employment process in construction
  • Demonstrate ability to compose elements for employability in construction
  • Demonstrate skills required to find, apply, secure and retain successful employment in construction
  • Prepare life skills needed for a job in the construction industry

Build Projects

  • Demonstrate ability to safely use hand and power tools involved in construction
  • Demonstrate proper safe techniques in assembling projects
  • Demonstrate ability to apply blueprint reading to projects
  • Develop skills through increasingly complex building projects

Blueprint Reading

  • Understand common terms used in blueprint reading
  • Identify and define various views used in blueprint reading
  • Identify different types of lines used in drawings
  • Identify selected symbols and abbreviations used in construction plans
  • Read plans, elevations, schedules, etc. used in construction drawing
  • Identify and understand parts used in a specification


Eric White

Eric began his career as a commercial flooring installer before becoming a carpenter for 12 years in residential new construction/additions and commercial renovations. He has also run his own handyman company for 7 years, rehabilitated historic structures and led construction projects in remote locations. His particular interests are in green building/sustainability, hiking and making crafts.

mark babcock instructor

Mark Babcock

Mark has been involved in construction on and off since 1985, starting as a framer’s helper and progressing to project manager for high end home renovations. After taking a year off to become a dive instructor in Roatan, Honduras (where he met his wife), he moved from Canada to Denver to be with his wife Lori. He enjoys traveling, diving, and working on cars in his spare time. Mark is very excited about being a part of the Colorado Homebuilding Academy and teaching the next generation of construction experts.

Robert McElreavey

Robert is a Master Plumber with over 30 years of experience. He has been teaching the construction trades for 14 years, including apprenticeship-level plumbing. Robert has also taught carpentry skills to adults at Salvation Army centers and to court-involved young men at Ridge View Youth Services Center. When he is not working, Robert enjoys skiing, biking and surfing and spending time with his wife and two children.

The demand is huge. The opportunities are great. The moment is now.

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