San Mateo County Union Community Alliance and Local Apprenticeship Programs offer a certificated, Apprenticeship-Readiness Training course that will prepare trainees to enter a green construction career ladder through state certified joint apprenticeship training programs. The program lasts approximately 20 weeks, with classes twice a week from 6-9pm (see FAQs for schedule).
The TIP Program includes the following:
-be at least 18 years old by graduation of their session.
-have a valid driver's license
-have appropriate documentation to work in the US
-have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
-be able to do physical work
-have the ability to pass on-the-spot drug testing
1. You must attend a 3 hour MANDATORY orientation (usually twice a year, in January and June - see the "upcoming events" link above for the next orientation date)
2. At the end of orientation, you will be given an application to fill out immediately
3. When you turn in your completed application, you will be given an interview date within the following two weeks
4. If accepted into the program, you will receive a letter with further instructions within the following 3 weeks
No. You don't even need to know how to use a hammer!
The next class session will begin in February 2023. In order to be considered you must attend a mandatory 3 hour orientation.
TIP is a 120-140 hour certificated apprenticeship readiness course. Its approximately 20 weeks (5 months) long, and held two nights a week from 6-9pm.
Currently, we have two sessions annually:
-Session 1: February to June - Wednesday & Friday nights from 6-9pm
-Session 2: July to December - Wednesday & Friday nights from 6-9pm
No. TIP will give you tools, information, and 1:1 coaching needed to help you begin a career in the union building trades, but does not guarantee employment in an apprenticeship.