Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico created the Habitat Builds Puerto Rico basic construction skills training to offer a training opportunity to income-qualified individuals who are committed to being part of the growing construction industry and have a solid dedication to their career.
How can you apply for and obtain a seat?
Those interested must complete the official application. The application will be then evaluated by a selection committee. Once the evaluation and selection process is completed, those selected will participate free of charge in our intensive basic training ("Bootcamp") of 160 hours of construction skills training in five (5) 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?
Our intensive 5 and a half week training includes:
The courses are in Spanish, in small groups with individualized education, taught by trained instructors with combined education and construction backgrounds, and are held at Albergue Olímpico German Rieckehoff Sampayo located in Salinas, Puerto Rico. The Habitat for Humanity Habitat Builds program may grant accommodations to students whose first language is not Spanish.
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 program recognizes the knowledge and skills obtained by the participant. Our courses are tailored to the current opportunities and challenges of building in Puerto Rico. Participants who complete the courses may be eligible to receive a stipend.
Meet the Habitat Builds Puerto Rico Construction Lab at the Albergue Olimpico de Puerto Rico.
What do we want to
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.
5 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
- Preparation of plumbing documents
- Plumbing equipment, materials and tools
- Piping types and systems
- Assembly, installation and maintenance of piping systems
- Water and drainage systems
- 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
Short courses will be offered in several sessions:
New sections in San Juan, register for your chance to participate.
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 income-qualified individuals 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 5 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. in classrooms with technological accessibility for distance learning, and at the German Rieckehoff Sampayo Olympic Lodge located in Salinas, Puerto Rico.
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 combined education and construction backgrounds, and are offered at the Albergue Olímpico German Rieckehoff Sampayo located in Salinas, Puerto Rico. The training combines virtual and face-to-face education.
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
- Access to the Habitat Builds Puerto Rico practice lab at the Albergue Olímpico German Rieckehoff Sampayo located in Salinas, Puerto Rico where each grantee will have a work station, tool storage and where the simulators for the practice exercises are located.
- Seminars on how to start a successful construction career in Puerto Rico.
- Eligibility for a productivity stipend for those who complete the training.