The Pennsylvania Builders Association Endorsed Trade Program has awarded 759 skills certificates to students who have successfully completed their programs in 30 career and technical schools across the state.

The Endorsed Trade Program is a program developed by PBA, in collaboration with educators, local builders associations, and other industry stakeholders, to provide technical school graduates more credibility in the job market and provide builders with a highly skilled workforce.

PBA’s program is the ONLY program that offers comprehensive support for schools and develops relationships with students.

By requiring that curricula meet industry standards, ensuring that facilities are adequate for proper hands-on training, assisting schools in the development of home builder student chapters, facilitating local internships, and providing a process to ensure that students can connect with builders, PBA’s program accelerates the placement process for students to transition successfully into the workforce.

Secondary students completing their training are assessed based upon the Department of Education’s approved occupational competency assessment administered by the National Occupation Competency Testing Institute, or NOCTI. Post secondary students are assessed based upon mutually agreeable testing data between the school and PBA.

For more information about the PBA Endorsed Trade Program, CLICK HERE.

To help ensure the future of the workforce and build the program, please consider donating to the Pennsylvania Foundation for Housing. The Foundation’s sole purpose is to raising much-needed funds to support the Endorsed Trade Program. More information is available HERE.