Trades Introduction Program Program in Novato

7:00 am to 3:30 pm

College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus

1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato, CA


Marin Adult Education Consortium with College of Marin and the Marin Building Trades Council

Pre-Apprenticeship Course at College of Marin


College of Marin is partnering with North Bay Building Trades Council to offer the Trades Introduction Program (TIP), an introduction to the building and construction careers.
This program is entirely FREE but by acceptance only. To be considered for the program, see the requirements below.

PLEASE NOTE: An Orientation Session has yet to be scheduled in Novato. You may attend the Orientation Session on April 10 in Santa Rosa if desired. To attend the Orientation Session in Novato, please check back and sign up at the end of April.

About the Trades Introduction Program

The TIP program is a free 120-hour, 4-week introductory program to building and construction careers, designed to help you start or change your career.  Here's what the course includes:

  • An overview of Carpentry, Pipe Trades, Electrical, Sheet Metal and other trades
  • An introduction to technology, tools and materials used in the building trades
  • First Aid/CPR and OSHA 10 Certification
  • Learning to read blueprints
  • Connections with Local Apprenticeship programs
  • Industry Guest Speakers, who discuss how to be successful in local state-approved apprenticeship programs and beyond
  • Local and national certificates recognized by apprenticeships and Building Trades Councils

This training is entirely FREE. You must apply and be accepted into the program.


To be considered, you must:

  1. Attend the Orientation Session (Next session on April 10 in Santa Rosa; check back for upcoming session in Novato)
  2. 18 years or older (as of start date)
  3. Documentation to work
  4. Valid Driver’s License
  5. High School Diploma or equivalent
  6. Ability to do physical work
  7. Ability to pass a drug test
  8. Accepted applicants MUST be able to attend the entire training:
    • Monday through Thursday, July 22 through August 15: 7am to 3:30pm daily.
  • ALL requirements must be met
  • Application and interview to follow the orientation session
  • Priority is given to disadvantaged adults, women, and veterans
  • No cost for any students


This program is funded in part by CA Prop 39


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