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 33 years. Our mission is to train tomorrow's workforce to be skilled, motivated, and safety conscience.

Our apprenticeship program offers four years of intense and trades specific training in the following crafts: electrical, carpentry, sheet metal, HVAC and roofing. Our instructors will assist you in hands on demonstrations as well as classroom learning. 

Accreditation with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) provides SEMCA world-class craft training materials. In addition, the NCCER National Registry maintains trainees’ academic records, provides transcripts, and certificates that document their training accomplishments. The NCCER also provides skills assessments, construction management academics, and safety programs.

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

  • Licensed with State of Michigan as a non-profit education program
  • Certified with the Department of Labor / Bureau of Apprenticeship
  • Certified with the 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 partible credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s national registry which also 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.

With more than 7.2 million employees nationwide, industrial and commercial construction has long been one of the nation’s largest industries. Today construction company owners across the nation are facing growing shortage of tradesmen such as pipefitters, steelworkers, electricians, and carpenters.

When you learn construction trades, the industry’s big problem can become your big break. The skills of construction tradesmen are in high demand, and with a 19 percent projected growth rate through 2019, the construction industry has the potential to take you further than the corporate ladder ever could.

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