About ValleyBuild

About The
ValleyBuild Programs

MC3 Apprenticeship Readiness Program

Our MC3 Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) is a registered Pre-Apprenticeship with the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards. It prepares individuals for high paying and stable careers in the building and construction trades in partnership with local Building Trades Councils.

NOW Program

NOW stands for “Non-traditional Occupations for Women.” This specialized program, supported in partnership with Trades Women, Inc (TWI), takes our MC3 Apprenticeship Readiness Training and focuses on the specific needs of women entering into construction apprenticeships.

ValleyBuild Programs

Several of our training campuses offer an enhanced workshop component prior to starting the MC3 curriculum.

These workshops consist of construction math, terminology, and physical fitness.

Explore multiple trades through hands-on learning while evaluating the apprenticeship opportunities each union has to offer their members.

Certifications received during this phase of training include both state and nationally recognized Apprenticeship Readiness Program certificates of completion.

Graduates of the MC3 program are eligible to enroll in an eight-week paid work experience upon successful completion of training; adding valuable resume experience and income support while in the apprenticeship applicant process.

Placement is subject to jobsite availability.

Training Schedule

Kern CountyApril 2024MC3 Program
Fresno CountyMay 2024NOW Program
San Joaquin CountyJune 2024MC3 Program
Tuolumne CountyJuly 2024MC3 Program
Kern CountyAugust 2024MC3 Program
Fresno CountySeptember 2024MC3 Program
Kern CountyJanuary 2025MC3 Program
Fresno CountyFebruary 2025MC3 Program
Stanislaus CountyComing SoonMC3 Program
Merced CountyComing SoonMC3 Program

Regional Trade Councils

ValleyBuild’s enrollment requirements are based on industry hiring standards.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Ability to pass a drug screen
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Valid California driver’s license


  • ValleyBuild MC3 Certificate of Completion
  • North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) Certificate of Completion
  • Forklift Safety Training
  • OSHA 10 or 30
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Additional certifications may be offered based on availability and vary by county.

Career Pathways

international union of bricklayers and allied craftworkers logo

BAC represents all skilled trowel trades workers, including bricklayers, tile setters, plasterers, cement masons, marble masons, restoration workers, and terrazzo and mosaic workers.

international brotherhood of boilermakers, iron ship builders, blacksmiths, forgers, and helpers logo

Boilermakers build and repair ships, fishing boats, ferries, barges, cranes, boilers, tanks, pressure vessels, plate and structural fabrications among other things. These skilled workers often use acetylene torches, power grinders and other equipment for welding, burning, cutting, rigging, layout and bolting. It’s hard work, and heavy lifting and dedication to the craft is required.

international brotherhood of electrical workers logo

Construction and residential electricians work in all phases of the electrical construction and service industry. Inside wire workers may install and maintain conduits, switches, converters, wire lighting, and complex systems incorporating computerization and high technology. Electricians work in the electric sign industry and increasingly perform work in the installation of fiber optics and voice/data/video equipment.

international union of operating engineers logo

IUOE represents operating engineers, who work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics and surveyors in the construction industry; and stationary engineers, who work in the service industries and in operations and maintenance in building and industrial complexes.

international union of painters and allied trades logo

IUPAT members work in one or more of several crafts: painting, wallpaper hanging, glazing (glass work), drywall and taping, floor covering, and sign and display work. Painters and paperhangers work in industrial, commercial and residential settings, from bridges and ships to interior walls of office buildings and homes. Drywall finishers tape, fill in and smooth seams in sheets of drywall. Glaziers prepare and install various kinds of glass, mirrors, metal framing and doors/entrances to buildings. Floor coverers work with resilient floors, as well as carpet and decorative coverings.

laborers international union of north america logo

LIUNA is the most progressive, aggressive and fastest-growing union of construction workers, and one of the most diverse and effective unions representing public service employees. LIUNA members are on the forefront of the construction industry—a powerhouse sector sector of 12 million workers producing five percent of our countries’ economic output.

operative plasterers and cement masons international association logo

Plasterers finish interior walls and ceilings of buildings, apply plaster on masonry, metal, wirelath or gypsum. Cement masons are responsible for all concrete construction, including pouring and finishing of slabs, steps, wall tops, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, paving and other concrete construction.

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Members of the Roofers Union install new roofs and remove old roofs using a variety of materials. Roofers install hot built-up and single-ply roofing systems on mostly commercial/industrial structures. Waterproofers install moisture-resistant products on below-grade structures and other surfaces to prevent water intrusion into buildings.

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Sheet metal workers fabricate, install and service heating, venting and air conditioning systems; blowpipe and industrial systems; metal roofing; coping and flashing; and stainless steel work for restaurants, kitchens and hospitals. They prepare shop and field drawings manually and with computer-aided design.

international brotherhood of teamsters logo

The Teamsters represent many workers in the construction industry, focusing on class A and specialized truck driving. Member may be transporting equipment, hazardous waste materials or even water.

union of plumbers, fitters, welders, and service techs logo

These jobs require the installation, remodeling or maintenance of systems that carry water, steam, air and other liquids or gases necessary for sanitation, industrial production, heating and air conditioning, and many other uses. Workers measure, cut and bend pipe, weld, braze, caulk, solder, glue or thread joints at residential and commercial jobsites.