Nights per week: 2 nights a week (Mon/Wed OR Tues/Thur) 

Class time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Semesters per year: 2 semesters a year (16 weeks each)

Length of program: 4-year programs (1-year carpentry program)

Available locations: 5 training locations (Madison Heights, Lapeer, Monroe and Adrian)

Requirements: Must be 18 or older with a high school diploma/GED in order to apply

Documents needed: 
Must provide copies of drivers license, social security card and high school diploma/GED

New students and current students employed with an ABC SEMI member:

New students and current students NOT employed with an ABC SEMI member:

Please note during orientation all students are required to sign a form stating that they have received and reviewed a copy of the most recent year's student handbook. Please read the Student Handbook carefully and pay special attention to SEMCA's attendance, parking and smoking policies. 

SEMCA offers its students job placement assistance; this does not guarantee employment. The Student Job List helps our unemployed students get a start in the construction industry and aids in putting their name out there for future employers. In order to be added to the student job list or obtain the list an employer, you must submit a request via email to our Education Services Coordinator, Grace Bonventre at gbonventre@abcsemi.org.


Q: What type of certification do SEMCA instructors have?
A: We don’t just hire any instructors. SEMCA master persons have many years in their field, some have 25-years experience under their belt. Our instructors also go through an NCCER certification process.

Q: How much of the training is hands-on?
A: We think it’s important to practice what you’re learning. That’s why we incorporate hands-on training into all of our programs. 

Q: Is the certification I receive only good in Michigan?
A: If a student leaves Michigan, all certifications are transferable and recognized throughout the nation. 

Q: I’ve been working in a trade already; do I have to start at the beginning with my formal training?
A: All students may be advanced in the training program if they can prove they have sufficient ability by taking a pass-through exam. Students must also provide proper documentation for any on-the-job experience.

Q: How does the assessment testing work?
A: Assessment testing can be used to evaluate journey level knowledge and skills of experienced craft professionals, for pre and post-employment purposes, and to provide a training prescription for a craft worker. Assessment testing is available for core introductory craft skills.

Q: what is a registered apprenticeship?
A: A registered apprenticeship is a training system that produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy. A proven strategy, registered apprenticeship ensures quality training by combining on-the-job training with theoretical and practical classroom instruction to prepare exceptional workers for the industry. 

Southeast Michigan Construction Academy (SEMCA) the education affiliate of Associated Builders and Contractors Southeastern Michigan Chapter, has been instructing apprentices in the skilled trades for over 30 years. Our mission is to train tomorrow's workforce to be skilled, motivated, and safety conscious. Our apprenticeship program offers four years of intense and trade-specific training in the following crafts: electrical, carpentry, sheet metal, HVAC and roofing. Our experienced instructors will assist you in hands-on demonstrations and skilled assessments as well as classroom learning. 

SEMCA is proud to list the following credentials which lend credence to the apprentice program:

Licensed with the State of Michigan as a non-profit education program

Certified with the Department of Labor / Bureau of Apprenticeship

Certified with the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER)

Approved training program for Veterans Administration (VA)

Certified with the State of Michigan Electrical Division

NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created in 1996. It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEO’s and various associations and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. Sharing the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, these companies created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry. This progressive program has evolved into curricula for more than 60 craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER accredited training and assessment locations across the United States.

NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.

SEMCA meets and exceeds all the required standards of the nationally standardized program. As a result, each student is entered into a national teaching program that can be easily transferred among accredited sponsors and throughout the industry. In other words, a SEMCA student can take their transcripts to any other participating NCCER sponsor and continue training.

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