TRAINING CENTER UPDATES
As we get closer to summer, state shelter-in-place mandates are changing. Training centers in Montana and Alaska have reopened as Oregon and Washington develop online curriculum to keep our carpenters trained and working.
Reopening went as smoothly as we could expect. In the weeks leading up to class, we prepared our apprentices with our safety protocol and precautions. We will not place students in an uncomfortable environment.
Last week, our instructors prepared the training center for reopening, which involved a deep scrub from top to bottom.
- Sanitation stations and additional trash bins were added to all high-traffic areas such as vending machines, microwaves, coffee pots, and door handles.
- Water coolers were stocked with disposable cups because refillable water bottles are prohibited.
- Social distancing protocol signage and COVID-19 resources were posted.
DAY ONE OF TRAINING INVOLVED:
- Class size of fewer than ten students
- Assigned seating eight feet apart
- Face coverings
- Personal bottles of hand sanitizer
- Reviewed the list of personal responsibilities
- Went over the daily cleaning checklist
- Visitors briefed on safety protocols at entry
- COVID-19 preparedness training from the CITF
Training resumed Monday, May 18, in both Anchorage and Fairbanks. This year we are hosting several condensed trainings with smaller groups as opposed to our typical large class of six weeks.
The Montana Training Center is back to regular operations. Montana has not been hit as hard by the pandemic as other areas. We are acting responsibly and proactively by implementing additional housekeeping standards to our daily routine, including:
- Additional cleaning
- Physical distancing
- Working on small group projects
We received the green light to begin online training and are developing distance-learning classes. More information to come on those courses.
NWCI instructors building online courses from their home offices:
Preparation for the opening of our training centers is underway. All NWCI staff are required to take the UBC COVID-19 Preparedness Qualification course and understand our response plan to safely reopen NWCI training centers.
We are working closely with the Washington State UBC Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) and the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC) and Labor and Industries (L&I) for guidance to ensure compliance with all policy revisions and standards.
We are collaborating with WA DOSH – Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health to ensure that our business and training processes meet or exceed all safety requirements, which includes voluntary inspections of all training facilities and a comprehensive review of our safety plan.
Apprenticeship online class development, using Canvas LMS, continues on schedule. The first round of classes to test the new format is planned for June. A return to full apprenticeship schedule is expected to happen in July. All classes are subject to change per Washington State’s Phased Opening Plan and related stay-at-home orders. Please go to nwci.org for more information and schedule updates.
We remain active and engaged in promoting opportunities for those considering the carpentry trade as a career.
Our team participated in a live streaming event featured on Washington State’s Career Connect @ Home. We enjoyed speaking to students about career opportunities in our industry.
Our panel was hosted by Marianna Talbott, NWCI outreach and pre-apprenticeship specialist, with interviews from Ben Reynolds, a Journeyman Carpenter in field management for Andersen Structures and president of Local Union 30, and Brandon Deuschle, a carpenter apprentice.
Watch the interview on the Career Connect @Home YouTube channel.
We participated in a virtual roundtable discussion hosted by Forterra on Thursday, May 28, focusing on mass timber workforce development.
Tyson Stuber, PNWRCC Regional Manager, presented on the UBC Career Connections program.
Steve Anderson, NWCI Training Coordinator, discussed our cross-laminated timber (CLT) curriculum as a training opportunity for employers.
Additional participants include GLY, Walsh Construction, and Carpenter Representatives.
Apprenticeship classes beginning in July for each of our training centers:
Intro to Piledriver
LADS Welding 1
Suspended Gyp Board Ceilings
Intro to Foreman
Metal Stud Framing – Basics
Anatomy of a Bridge
Basics of Carpentry
Basics of Carpentry
Introduction to Millwright
As we move into summer, we are ramping up the number of classes we are holding in a new hybrid online and modified hands-on training format.
Our core instructors are collaborating on curriculum and working closely with our facilities manager to ensure that we are meeting the state’s COVID-19 mandates. Our hands-on classes have been modified to follow strict protocols to keep students and staff safe.
Our Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) worked with the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) to approve a temporary standard for apprentice re-rates:
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, the PNCI JATC is removing the minimum annual hour requirement, as well as the estimated school-hour requirement for rerates, for the duration of the shelter-in-place order.
- While rerates will continue to progress, apprentices will be required to make up these administratively canceled classes within six months of the shelter-in-place order being removed.
- Apprentices must work with their coordinators to ensure that makeup classes are scheduled and meet their schedules.
- Apprentices that buck-slip (get approval to skip a class), no-show, or fail to complete a makeup class will be held until the class hours are met for the next progression.
- PNCI JATC may extend the six-month requirement, under extenuating circumstances.
Watch this update from Mike Hawes, PNCI Executive Director
Available now! The first hybrid ICRA class in the nation
- We received approval to teach an online instructor-led Infectious Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) class from the Carpenters International Training Center at the beginning of April.
- The training is provided in five increments using Zoom for our virtual classroom. The class finishes on a Friday or Saturday at our training center, where we give a hands-on class to complete the week.
- The protocol for the hands-on portion of the course includes social distancing, use of an entry room, and personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout the class.
- If you or your company are interested in taking the ICRA class, you can sign up on our website.
View Class Schedules
Welding Principals Online Instructor-led
Hybrid Equipment Orientation Class (apprenticeship and continuing education)
Instructor-led Scaffold User
Instructor-led Online Fall Protection
ICRA BPHC 24 and 8-hour Awareness
View Class Schedules
Prioritizing roll out of continuing education and apprenticeship classes in hybrid formats
Silica Awareness (continuing education)
Instructor-led Math and Print Reading
PNCI Celebration of New Journey-Level Carpenters
The Governor’s Social Distancing Mandate forced us to postpone all group activities. We were all looking forward to the Annual Industry Outreach Event, where we celebrate the accomplishment of our apprentices who achieved journey-level status. We postponed this tentatively to July 18, 2020.
Access your online CITF learning center at ubc-citf.Carpenters.org
COVID-19 Preparedness Qualification
Learn the new job site standards that you need to get back to work safely. This course covers rules and procedures outlined in the March 20, 2020, OSHA Guidelines and is available to all UBC members. Upon completion of the course and test, the COVID-19 Preparedness Qualification course will display on your Training Verification Card. Make sure that you are ready to go back to work and get your training certification today.
Take ICRA: Best Practices in Health-Care Construction. This online refresher course will keep your certification from expiring.