The Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) announced yesterday that a record 789 students received certification from its Endorsed Trade Program (ETP) at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year.
“PBA is committed to an endorsed trade education program that meets and exceeds industry standards in curriculum, mission and educational goals,” PBA’s Chief Executive Officer Daniel Durden said. “We recognize the urgent need for skilled trade workers in Pennsylvania. Workforce development is a critical function of PBA’s mission to our residential builder and remodeler members.”
The ETP includes 114 technical programs in fields such as building construction, cabinetry, HVAC, masonry, and plumbing from 29 trade schools throughout Pennsylvania.
It is recognized by the PA Department of Education and endorsed by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators. To be included in the ETP, trade programs undergo a review and evaluation by construction industry professionals using criteria from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to ensure it will properly prepare students with foundational knowledge in the building trades.
Students who complete PBA-certified programs are tested and, based on the results of these tests, receive accreditation.
“Our endorsed school graduates are highly desirable in the residential building industry,” Chris Warren, chair of the PBA Workforce Training and Education Committee, said. “PBA members and non-members alike have access to this exceptional group of graduates. Thus, this partnership is a win-win for both home builders and the trade schools that train them.”