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At our locations or yours!
We look forward to the opportunity to train your members at your facility or jobsite. Please contact Keith Vitale, Training Director, at 630-653-0006 ext. 251 to discuss and arrange training.

The Training Center offers many classes divided into three general areas: General Construction, Environmental, and Safety. Working together with our national training center–LIUNA Training, as well as the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Public Health, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, Environmental Protection Agency, the National Safety Council and various other agencies, we strive to keep our curriculum interesting and current.

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  • 1 Day

    1-Day Silica Exposure Awareness

    The Chicagoland Laborers' Training Fund is offering this 1- Day (8 hour) training course as part of our continued education. This course will meet and comply with OSHA's Final Rule on Silica Exposure. OSHA has amended thier previous exposure limits due to significant risk to workers' health. All contractors must comply with OSHA's Final Rule by September 23, 2017.

    Related News: Silica Exposure - OSHA's Final Rule
  • 2 Days

    10-Hour Work Zone Safety

    In this 2 - Day course students will not only learn proper work zones issues for general road work and highway work zones, but they will also receive flaggers training. Safety topics will include concrete work, power tools, back safety and communication issues. Renewal period of three years.

  • 4 Hours

    Aerial Lift Training

    Training focuses on daily inspection, maintenance and safe operation relating to scissor and boom lifts. The majority of the training class time will be devoted to a hands-on environment. Renewal period of five years.

  • 1 Day

    American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

    This course offers the latest techniques by the American Red Cross in giving first aid or cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using an automated external defibrillator (AED). Renewal period of two years.

  • 1 Day

    Asbestos Abatement Supervisor Refresher

    This annual refresher training fulfills all of the EPA, State of Illinois (IDPH) and Indiana (IDEM) requirements for maintaining an Asbestos Supervisor license. Students with an expired certificate for more than 6 months (Indiana) or 12 months (Illinois) are not elligible for reaccreditation and must retake the initial training course.

  • 40 Hours

    Asbestos Abatement Supervisor Training

    Training fulfills all of the EPA, State of Illinois (IDPH) and Indiana (IDEM) requirements for obtaining an Asbestos Supervisor license. Course features estimating and blueprint reading exercises, project documentation and legal and regulatory liabilities. *Applicants are required to have a minimum of 2080 hours of asbestos worker experience.

    Renewal: Asbestos Abatement Supervisor Refresher
  • 1 Day

    Asbestos Abatement Worker Refresher

    This annual refresher training fulfills all of the EPA, State of Illinois (IDPH) and Indiana (IDEM) requirements for maintaining an Asbestos Worker license. Students with an expired certificate for more than 6 months (Indiana) or 12 months (Illinois) are not elligible for reaccreditation and must retake the initial training course.

  • 5 Days

    Asbestos Abatement Worker Training

    This course fulfills all of the EPA, State of Illinois (IDPH) and Indiana (IDEM) requirements for obtaining an Asbestos Worker license. Hands-on activities include the use of air purifying respirators, construction of negative pressure containment and decontamination unit, as well as simulated removal and clean up of asbestos materials.

    Renewal: Asbestos Abatement Worker Refresher
  • 2 Days

    Burning

    Training is designed to prepare Laborers for work on demolition projects and general construction sites. Classroom studies include OSHA regulations and safe work practices. During hands-on training, students will learn proper set up, follow correct torch procedures, as well as practice effective cutting techniques. Students will apply these learned skills with various fuels used in the industry, including acetylene, propylene and propane. Plasma cutting is also introduced. Renewal period of five years.

  • 1 Day

    CDL Pre-Trip and Road Test - Class A and B

    This training focuses on preparing the driver for the Pre-trip inspection and Basic Skills portions of the Road Test that will be performed at the Secretary of State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    Click on the "Newsroom" tab and review Illinois Secretary of State - CDL Policy Change effective 2015

    Related News: Illinois Secretary of State - CDL Policy Change
  • 5 Days

    Concrete and Wallforming

    This basic course deals with the placement of concrete and the latest concrete technology. Specific topics include excavation, backfill and compaction, placement of concrete, concrete vibration, tool identification, finishing and curing and hands-on project. Renewal period of five years.

  • 5 Days

    Equipment Operation

    This 5-Day course deals with approved safety procedures for the operation of equipment. Basic operation of an industrial forklift, Lull and construction skidloader is taught, along with ongoing maintenance procedures. Hands-on training in identification and usage of the universal hand signals will also be a part of this course. Renewal period of three years for Class 4 & 7 Forklifts and Skid Steers. Renewal period of four years for Aerial Lifts.

  • 1 Hour

    Equipment Test Out

    This course is only offered to experienced operators and individuals who have previously attended the Equipment Operation course. A time slot will be reserved for each student’s test out based on the equipment selected. Equipment available for test out is the skidloader and the class 4 & 7 forklift. Renewal period of three years for Class 4 & 7 Forklifts and skid Steers. Renewal period of four years for Aerial Lifts

  • 1 Day

    Fire Stop Installers Course

    This course covers the installation of materials to resist or stop the spread of fire, contain smoke and toxic gases. Fire Stop is one of the strategies used to restrict fire and increase the availability of safe escape routes for building occupants.

  • 4 Hours

    Flagger Certification Training

    This course meets the State of Illinois requirement for workers who direct or work around vehicular traffic. Training will focus on how to protect yourself, other workers and the public in work zones through the proper use of signs, signals and barricades. Renewal period of three years.

  • 5 Days

    GPS - Global Positioning

    Our 5 - Day course prepares a worker to setup and configure a base station and rover, teaches them various measuring techniques and outlines uses for simple structure layouts. Individuals will learn the components of the GPS, principles of operation, field procedures, data collection and configuration procedures. Renewal period of five years.

  • 4 Hours

    Hazard Communication

    OSHA’s hazard communication standard has been updated to include the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals. This course emphasizes the workers “right to know” about the chemicals used in the workplace through the use of SDS sheets, pictograms and standard labels. OSHA mandated all workers need to be trained to understand the new GHS system by December 1, 2013.

  • 1 Day

    Hazardous Waste Worker Refresher

    This annual refresher training fulfills all of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (HAZWOPER) requirement for working on hazardous waste sites. In addition, course reviews OSHA permit-required confined space and hazard communication standards (GHS). Students with an expired certificate for more than 12 months are not elligible for reaccreditation and must retake the initial training course.

  • 80 Hours

    Hazardous Waste Worker Training (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120)

    Training fulfills the OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (HAZWOPER) requirements for working on hazardous waste sites. Participants also receive certification in permit-required confined space entry and hazard communication. A medical evaluation for respirator use is included at the start of this course. Hands-on includes donning various levels of PPE, performing remediation and decontamination procedures and confined space ventilation and rescue. This certificate is valid for one year.

    Renewal: Hazardous Waste Worker Refresher
  • 40 Hours

    Hoisting and Rigging

    Training focuses on the mathematical formulas for proper rigging techniques. These formulas will be used in determining correct sling angles and load calculations. The signal person safety training (SPST) is also a part of this curriculum. Renewal period of four years.

  • 2 Days

    Hydromobile

    This course will cover the proper installation and operating procedures for the Hydromobile M2 mast powered climber. Featured equipment will be a 24 foot and 14 foot power unit with two 6 foot cantilevers and a 12 foot bridge. Students will determine proper load capacity in regard to overall length and set up. Renewal period of five years.

  • 24 Hours

    Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA)

    A required certification for all Laborers working in a hospital or healthcare environment. Topics will include: setting up and maintaining a negative air environment; removing debris; constructing barriers to prevent the spread of infectious diseases; monitoring the work environment and inspecting, donning and removing personal protection equipment.

  • 4 Hours

    Labor History I (Mandatory Apprentice Seminar)

    This course will be taught by a professor from the Universtiy of Illinois. This four hour presentation will provide an overview of the U.S. Labor movement's triumphs and tragedies throughout history, help Laborers understand what Unions are, how they function and the significance of Unionism. This is part one of a two-part series.

  • 1 Day

    Lead Abatement Supervisor Refresher

    This training fulfills EPA and State of Illinois (IDPH) requirements for maintaining a Lead Abatement Supervisor license. This certification is valid for three years. Students with an expired certificate for more than 12 months are not elligible for reaccreditation and must retake the initial training course.

  • 5 Days

    Lead Abatement Supervisor Training

    Training prepares you for the State of Illinois' Third Party Exam requirement for obtaining an Illinois Lead Abatement Supervisor license. *Applicants are required to have a minimum of 2000 hours of lead worker experience or 4000 hours of combined environmental worker experience. This certificate is valid for three years. Students with an expired certificate for more than 12 months are not elligible for reaccreditation and must retake the initial training course.

    Renewal: Lead Abatement Supervisor Refresher
  • 1 Day

    Lead Abatement Worker Refresher

    This training fulfills EPA and State of Illinois (IDPH) requirements for maintaining a Lead Abatement Worker license. This certificate is valid for three years. Students with an expired certificate for more than 12 months are not elligible for reaccreditation and must retake the initial training course.

  • 5 Days

    Lead Abatement Worker Training

    This training fulfills EPA and State of Illinois (IDPH) requirements for obtaining a Lead Abatement Worker license. Training covers the uses of lead, health effects, PPE and abatement and disposal requirements. Hands-on activities include the use of air purifying respirators, construction of containments and decontamination units, as well as simulated removal of lead-based paint. This certificate is valid for three years. Students with an expired certificate for more than 12 months are not elligible for reaccreditation and must retake the initial training course.

    Renewal: Lead Abatement Worker Refresher
  • 1 Day

    Lead RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) Refresher

    This 1 - Day course fulfills the EPA’s requirement to maintain your Lead Renovator certification. This certificate is valid for five years. Students must take refresher training prior to the expiration of their current intial or refresher certificate.

    Special Notice:

    If you took your training on or prior to March 31, 2010, your training certification will not expire until March 31, 2016.If you took your training on or between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, you will have one year added to the expiration date of your training certification.

  • 2 Days

    Lead RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) Training

    This training fulfills the EPA’s requirements to become a Certified Lead Renovator. Certification is required for Laborers who are engaging in renovation, repair and painting activities that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 houses and child occupied facilities. This certificate is valid for five years. Students must take their refresher training prior to the expiration of their current or refresher certificate.

    Renewal: Lead RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) Refresher
  • 5 Days

    Line and Grade

    This 5 - Day course will focus on the correct set up and use of the builder’s level for elevation control and transfer of grade. Course will also feature the use of a transit for basic layout. Renewal period of five years.

  • 5 Days

    Mason Tending (Apprentice Only)

    The Mason Tending course is a five day course that teaches Laborers to set up a work site for masonry work. Students will mix mortar, stack brick and/or cinder blocks for the Mason's use.

  • 2 Days

    OSHA 10-Hour Safety and Health Course

    This 2 - Day course focuses on the purpose and role of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The objective of this class is to ensure a safe and healthy workplace by showing students how to identify and avoid unsafe working conditions and acts. Recommended four year renewal period.

  • 5 Days

    OSHA 30-Hour Safety and Health Course

    This 5 - Day course encompasses all aspects of the 10-Hour OSHA training course with additional emphasis on safety and health management and additional topics covered in the construction standards. Recommended four year renewal period.

  • 3 Days

    Permit-required Confined Space Entry Safety

    This training focuses on how to identify and evaluate different confined space hazards. Topics include hazard recognition, OSHA permit-required confined space standard, ventilation, atmospheric monitoring, lock-out and tag-out, P.P.E and rescue. 

  • 5 Days

    Pipelaying

    Focuses on the principles and techniques of installing gravity flow pipe. Laser aligners, transits, checking line and grade, and crew member responsibilities will be reviewed. You will learn how to determine pipe slope and percentage of grade. Renewal period of five years.

    Related News: CLTAF Curriculum Updates - Pipelaying for Journeyworkers
  • 80 Hours

    Pipeline Technology

    This Pipeline Technology course will be composed of both classroom and hands-on training. Students will learn about the different crews, equipment and other basic pipeline tasks. Some topics include: silt screen fence setup, chain saw operation, M-scope operation, skid setting, sandblasting, coating applications and cad welding. Students will also be tested for a variety of Operator Qualification tasks.

  • 5 Days

    Pneumatic Tools (Apprentice Only)

    This comprehensive five day course addresses the use of pneumatic tools and discusses safety for the user. Tool recognition and maintenance, to assist in equipment longevity, are included. Students learn to use the pavement breaker, chipping guns, grinder, drills and vibrators, hand-held and power-driven saws. Back safety and proper lifting procedures are discussed and practiced. Renewal period of five years.

  • 2 Days

    Principles of Locating (Directional Drilling)

    In this training course you will learn the principles of operating the locator during the directional drilling process. Topics will cover locator set up and calibration as well as the set up and installation of drilling equipment. Using the industry's leading equipment, students will get experience drilling through all types of soil. Nearly 80% of the course will be hands-on outdoor training. Renewal period of five years.

  • 1 Day

    Scaffold Builder Refresher

    This 1-Day refresher training is required every 4 years to renew your CLTAF Scaffold Buiders Certification. Participants will be refreshed and required to pass a hands-on performance assessment on the follow scaffold systems:

    • Frame Scaffolds
    • Tube and Clamp Scaffolds
    • Systems Scaffolds
    • Suspension Scaffolds                                 
  • 5 Days

    Scaffold Technology

    Effective October 1st, 2015

    CLTAF's current 2-Day Scaffold Builders course will no longer be offered. A 5-Day Scaffold Technology course will be available.

    The Scaffold Builders course has been redesigned and standardized on a national level for implementation by all Training Funds. The Scaffold Technology course is also recognized by International Accreditation Services (IAS).

    This new 5-Day course will cover the following Scaffold Systems:
    • Frame
    • Tube and Clamp
    • System
    • Suspension

    This Scaffold training certification will expire in 4 years and participants will need to take a 1-Day Scaffold Refresher to renew their certification.

    This training meets the  OSHA regulations for Scaffold Builders.

    Related News: CLTAF Curriculum Updates - Scaffold Technology Course (Scaffold Builders)
  • 1 Day

    Signal Person Safety Training (SPST)

    This certification course covers crane dynamics, hand signals, boom deflection, crane operations and limitations. Additional training topics will focus on hazard recognition and apply OSHA’s minimum clearance distance for cranes. Renewal period of four years.

  • 40 Hours

    Supervisor Training Program

    This 40 hour course is geared toward current Foreman/General Foreman and/or Laborers aspiring to become Foreman/General Foreman. It will cover the duties and responsibilities that are expected from Foreman and General Foreman.

    This LIUNA Curriculum has been designed and developed by Laborers for LIUNA members across the United States and Canada. It is also recognized by the International Accreditation Services "IAS".

  • 5 Days

    Total Station

    This 5 - Day course was developed around the Total Station equipment. The Total Station combines both an electronic transit and an electronic distance-measuring device with software run on an internal computer. By the end of the course, given drawings and coordinates, a person should be able to layout a simple structure using the Total Station. Renewal period of five years.

  • 1 Day

    Trench and Excavation Solutions

    This 1 - Day course will include an overview of OSHA's Subpart P, as well as several hours of hands-on work with trenching and shoring systems. Students will be introduced to hydraulic and pneumatic shores, wood timbers, screw jacks and shield systems. If you work in or around any type of excavation or trench this course is a must.

  • 2 Days

    Trenching and Shoring Safety

    We review and discuss OSHA guidelines for trenching, shoring, soil classifications, protective systems, rescue shoring and shoring systems design. The hands-on in this two day course is extensive. Topics include: hydraulic shoring, screw jacks, air and timber shores, trench shields, manhole braces and much more.

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