HBI's training programs are national in scope but implemented locally, using proven models that can be customized to meet the workforce needs of communities across the United States and internationally. Through certification programs, mentoring, pre-apprenticeship training and job placement services, HBI prepares students with the skills and experience they need for careers in the building industry. Its programs benefit a variety of people, including at-risk and underserved populations. HBI programming includes:
Pre-Apprenticeship: Students who complete training through HBI Job Corps and HBI PACT meet the standards for pre-apprenticeship, qualifying them for entry-level employment in their respective trades.
- HBI Job Corps - More than 3,000 underserved and court-involved youth each year, get real, hands-on building trades training through HBI’s Job Corps’ 149 programs at 73 sites across the United States.
- HBI PACT - Before the 1990s, training and certification in the home building industry was being conducted by piecemeal programs across the nation. HBI recognized the industry’s need for a training program that included vocational and academic learning with on-the-job training. The result was the award-winning and result driven PACT program.
Mentoring: HBI Mentoring matches youth interested in careers in building with mentors from the industry.
NAHB Student Chapters: Students who participate in NAHB Student Chapters at HBI Job Corps programs, high schools and two and four-year colleges and universities have the opportunity to work first-hand with experiencde builders in the industry and other related fields such as engineering, architecture and real estate.
RCS Designation: The Residential Construction Superintendent (RCS) Designation coursework enhances the knowledge and skills of home building or remodeling site field professionals.
Career and Certification Services: These programs provide students with the information they need to determine if a career in home building is right for them and ensure that home building education instructors and their students are trained to the national skill standards created by the building industry.