Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico created Habitat Builds Puerto Rico's basic construction skills training with the interest of offering a training opportunity to people who are motivated to be part of the growing construction industry and have a firm commitment to their career.

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How can you apply for and obtain a seat?

Those interested must complete the official application for an evaluation process. Once the evaluation and selection process is completed, those chosen will participate free of charge in our intensive basic training ("bootcamp") of 160 hours of construction skills training in 4 and a half weeks.

This training prepares participants to work in basic positions in the construction industry, and those who complete the program receive a certificate of participation for the accumulate 160 hours of construction knowledge and skills, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA 10) completion certificate and card, and 16 continuing education units (CEU). In addition, have the opportunity to participate in career workshops by industry professionals and obtain one-on-one career counseling for resume preparation and interview skills polishing.

What does the training include?

Nuestro adiestramiento intensivo de 4 semanas y media incluye:

The short courses that make up the training are in Spanish, in small groups with individualized education, taught by trained instructors with a combined background in education and construction, and are held at Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico's facilities in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Our educational methodology guarantees theoretical and practical instruction that has been validated by industry experts. The 160-hour Certificate of Participation obtained upon completion of the bootcamp recognizes that the participant has the knowledge and skills to be successful in an entry-level construction position. Our industry-recognized short courses are tailored to the current opportunities and challenges of building in Puerto Rico.

Testimonials

"Participating in Habitat Builds PR gave me the basis to be able to choose the area where I would specialize. The electricity class caught my attention and after training with Habitat Builds PR I went to study electrical technician. Today I work installing solar panels. I was also able to apply what I learned by doing volunteer plumbing work. What I liked the most was that they provided me with the tools and materials to be able to practice what they were teaching me."

- Kenneth Participant of Habitat Builds PR

"The Habitat Builds PR construction program, gave me a lot of confidence, I am better prepared to deal with minor construction emergency issues in my home. It let me understand many aspects about construction and I feel more comfortable to understand conversations about related topics. The importance of this is that I can ask more appropriate questions that will benefit my home situation and I can assist my family and neighbors. I liked the mix of theory with practice. In the near future I want to use this knowledge to work with places like AmeriCorp Vista and Peace Corps. Having participated in the program has given me the peace of mind to better deal with an emergency situation and I will know how to work with people in this industry."

- Nimia, P Participant of Habitat Builds PR

What do we want to

achieve together?

Habitat for Humanity's investment in the local workforce will help families recover from the impact of Hurricanes Irma and María as well as the damage caused by the earthquake. The Habitat Builds a more resilient community enhancing the ability of the island to recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and effective while adding skilled labor to the local construction sector.

Committed to promoting gender equality in the construction industry, Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico encourages women to apply for the training. The training includes a series of workshops that provide strategies to address the daily challenges of gender equality in the workplace. It also provides coaching hours to support women in becoming a new generation of construction leaders.

Our

Training

4 and a half weeks / 160 contact hours / 16 CEUs

General Short Courses

  • Construction Legal Framework
  • Safety - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Introduction to Drawing and Blueprint Reading
  • Mathematics for Construction and Measurement

Plumbing

  • Preparation of plumbing documents
  • Plumbing equipment, materials and tools
  • Piping types and systems
  • Assembly, installation and maintenance of piping systems
  • Water and drainage systems

Electricity

  • Electrical equipment, materials and tools
  • Electricity, electronics and magnets
  • Direct current circuits
  • Alternating current circuits
  • Residential electrical installations Commercial and industrial electrical installations
  • Installation of generators and electrical systems

Masonry and Carpentry

  • Masonry equipment, materials and tools
  • Introduction to wood construction
  • Introduction to concrete construction
  • Floor, wall and ceiling finishes
  • Design and construction of concrete or forged wood stairways
  • Wall and ceiling finishings

Sessions

Short courses will be offered in several sessions:

  • New sections in San Juan, register for your chance to participate.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Habitat Builds Puerto Rico?
    • Habitat for Humanity Puerto Rico created the Habitat Builds Puerto Rico basic construction skills training program with the interest of offering construction training to people who are motivated to be part of the growing construction industry and have a firm commitment to their career.
    • It is an intensive and concentrated "Bootcamp" style construction job training program with a duration of 4 and a half weeks. It prepares the participant to work in basic positions in the construction industry. Classes are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico facilities in San Juan.
    • Habitat Builds Puerto Rico participants cover diverse topics such as construction mathematics, measurements and drafting, health and safety, masonry, carpentry, plumbing and electricity. The short courses are in Spanish, in small groups with individualized education, taught by trained instructors with a combined background in education and construction.

How do I apply for a spot at the Habitat Builds Puerto Rico training?

The application can be made completely online here in this link.

What does the training include?

  • On-site participation in the first "Bootcamp" in Basic Construction Skills in Puerto Rico. Access to the five modules - OSHA, Masonry, Carpentry, Plumbing and Electrical, designed in a hybrid work format to apply an equal distribution between practice and theory.
  • Educational materials
  • Safety Equipment
  • Access to the Habitat Builds Puerto Rico practice lab at the Habitat for Humanity of PR facilities located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Seminars on how to start a successful construction career in Puerto Rico.

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