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.

To verify if your employer is a current ABC SEMI member call our education department at (248)965-3305. Note that the listed tuition rates are all-inclusive. We accept payment in the form of a check, money order, VISA, American Express and Mastercard. All checks and money orders should be made out to "Construction Education Trust." Money orders and checks can be mailed or delivered to 31800 Sherman Avenue, Madison Heights, MI 48071. You can also pay online by going to the Apply and Pay Online page. 


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, you must first submit a resume to our Education Services Coordinator, Grace Bonventre at gbonventre@abcsemi.org and request to be added to the list. 

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. 

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