As a graduate of ABC Northern California’s federally and state approved apprenticeship program, you have many options to continue your career in the construction industry.

Finding a job in general can be challenging. First have a discussion with your current employer to see if there is a position for you once you graduate. If not, talk to your peers and other contacts in your trade to see if there are any openings at other companies.

Expand your network with LinkedIn. This professional networking site allows you to connect with colleagues and professionals in your field. It also allows you to search for jobs and connect with prospective employers and hiring managers. Simply register and follow the instructions.

Helpful References
Rapidly grow your LinkedIn network with a little personalization
How to search for your dream job

You must be a licensed California contractor to construct any project priced at $500 or more in labor and materials. So, what are the requirements?

You must take a licensing exam and need to have at least four years of practical experience in the trade to qualify for the exam. As a graduate of ABC NorCal’s apprenticeship program, you may be credited up to three years of experience (depending on apprenticeship program length) upon the submission of your Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship to the Contractors State Licensing Board. So you will need to work a minimum of one additional year outside of your apprenticeship program before qualifying to take the exam. Check out this brochure to learn more.

Helpful References
The Contractors State Licensing Board’s Blueprint for Becoming a Licensed California Contractor
State Licensing Exam Study Guides

Becoming an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone. It requires a certain set of skills and abilities. If you think starting and owning your own business might be the right fit for you, check out this helpful 10-Step Plan to getting started.

Be sure to consider all of the requirements to start a construction-based business while outlining your business plan.

Understand what is required of you as a journeyperson. For example, the State of California requires that all State Certified Electricians must complete 32 hours of continuing education prior to the three-year renewal of their certification.

Keeping up-to-date on your certifications and learning new skills not only gives you a competitive edge, it also demonstrates your level of dedication and commitment to prospective employers.

ABC NorCal offers a wide array of assessments that evaluate the knowledge and skills of experienced (or entry-level) craft professionals and provide a training prescription to upgrade training. The credentials earned through our various assessments will expand your resume and give your future (or current) employer confidence about your skill, knowledge and commitment to professional development.

Health Benefits
It is important that you stay covered. Keep an eye on your remaining dollar bank hours and know when you are no longer covered through the ABC NorCal Benefit Trust Fund.

My coverage is ending, now what?
Under the new healthcare legislation, you now have access to a variety of insurance plans and can “shop” for a healthcare plan that fits your budget and lifestyle.

Covered California 
An online marketplace that allows you to compare different insurance plans.
Covered California Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet >>
Covered California Brochure >>
Covered California Enrollment Guide >>