Construction Skills Bootcamp

Build a foundation for your career in construction

Construction Skills Bootcamp will jumpstart your career through hands-on training and support with your job search. With new cohorts starting every couple weeks, we are always enrolling for this course. Attend an Information Session this week to get started!

Students earn:

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


Tuition is free if you’re pursuing a new job or promotion in Colorado’s construction industry.

Schedule Options

Students are required to attend classes at our training center multiple times per week and complete online coursework outside of class. We offer two schedule options:


  • 8-week course
  • Classes 2 times per week on Mondays and Wednesdays or on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Evening classes, 5:30 to 8:30pm


  • 4-week course
  • Classes 4 times per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday

With new cohorts starting every couple weeks, we are always enrolling for Construction Skills Bootcamp.

Attend an information session to learn more about these pop up training options and to fill out an application.

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 last 2 weeks of a standard Bootcamp schedule end with a Trade Focus that is selected by the class. Options include: Basics in Carpentry, Basics in Electrical, Basics in Concrete, and Basics in Plumbing.
  • 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.

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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.