FAQs

 

Advocacy

How does ABCSD advocate for your business interests?


No other group represents you as a Merit Shop contractor like ABCSD. Joining with other chapters in California and with our nationwide network and organization, members and staff educate and advocate for fair and open competition in contracting without excessive government mandates or intrusion.




What are ABC’s legislative and regulatory priorities?


ABC’s priorities on a local, state, and national level include:

  • Stopping employment discrimination on public projects through Project Labor Agreements (PLAs)
  • Protecting ABC’s apprenticeship training opportunities on all projects, and educating the next generation of skilled construction professionals
  • Promoting healthy growth in the construction marketplace
  • Encouraging diversity in the construction industry, including better representation among traditionally under-represented groups including minorities, women, and military veterans
  • Fighting against unnecessary and costly regulations and licensure




How can I get involved to protect my business?


  • Information: Read our member newsletter. ABCSD’s member newsletter keeps you up to date on pending legislation or adverse government actions, and issues “Calls to Action” for you to participate, speak up, and be heard
  • Communication: Let policy makers know how their decisions affect you as a constituent. When ABCSD needs to raise concerns on behalf of our shared interests, take time to send an email, make a call, or even show up at a government board meeting or hearing and represent the Merit Shop point of view
  • Participation: Join our Political Action Committee. ABCSD’s Political Action Committee (PAC) works to stay informed on threats to fair and open competition among all contractors, and acts as your voice to inform and educate decision-makers. Your support whether volunteer or financial can help protect members from damaging Project Labor Agreements and other measures which shut down our ability to win work in the open marketplace.





 

Membership

How does my company benefit from joining ABCSD?


Contractors who become members of ABCSD receive significant benefits including:

  • Discounts on the cost of tuition. If your company has multiple students, the savings on tuition alone pay for the cost of yearly membership dues. Contact us for an analysis on what your company could save in craft training by becoming a member.
  • Discounts on services such as insurance, and on products such as vehicle purchasing and leasing, tools, and smartphones.
  • Networking with colleagues and allies of the Merit Shop industry.
  • Participation in ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards to recognize and honor your best work.
  • Safety programs and certifications to help prevent accidents and lower your overhead costs through improved insurance rates.
  • News and information about best practices for your business and for winning work.
  • Advocacy on your behalf on the local, state, and national level to protect your business interests and rights as a Merit Shop contractor.
Review the rest of our Membership page to learn about the additional benefits of joining ABCSD.




What are the membership categories?


  • Associate (Dues Category 1/1A): Members provide service to the construction industry, but no material or labor. (i.e. architects, attorneys, insurance companies, banks, etc.)
  • Supplier (Dues Category 2): Members supply material to contractors, shops, or job sites, but provide no on-site labor.
  • Contractor (Dues Categories 4-14): Members are active in the construction field; prime and subcontractors in all types of construction. Dues are based on a member’s preceding year’s volume.
Dues DO NOT include costs for apprenticeship training, craft training, or health benefits.




How much does membership cost?


Membership dues are billed on an annual basis:

  • Associate Members and Suppliers: $1,860
  • Contractors: Dues categories are determined by total sales for contractors. Total volume includes subcontract work, material, and labor based on the 2017 fiscal year. Click here to see the chart on page 2 of our membership application to determine your appropriate membership dues.
Dues are subject to change upon renewal.




How do membership renewals work?


Payment is applied to the first full year of dues. A pro-rated amount will be invoiced for the second year




Are dues refundable?


Dues are non-refundable unless the company is not approved to utilize our training programs, then a refund may be requested.




Are dues tax deductible?


Dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be partially deductible as a business expense. ABC estimates for 2017, 86 percent of dues are deductible as related to your business. Please contact a professional accountant to determine what is allowable as a business expense in your individual case.




How do I apply for ABCSD membership?


Click here to fill out an application. Submit application and payment to Membership Services Manager Lisa Holme at lisa@abcsd.org. IMPORTANT: If you are a contractor interested in ABCSD’s apprenticeship/craft trainee program, additional steps are required. ABCSD will follow up once your application is submitted and contractor licenses are checked.




How long does it take to get approved to participate in the ABCSD Apprenticeship Training program?


It takes approximately one to two months to get approved to participate in the Apprenticeship program. Click here to see the application and approval steps to train.




What are the requirements for employing apprentices through ABCSD?


ABCSD’s Apprenticeship Training program places apprentices with members in good standing who have a current California contractor’s license. Your membership fees are offset by the reduced labor costs and increased productivity provided by hiring apprentices. You must agree to train apprentices in compliance with ABC Apprenticeship Standard; complete a Training Contribution Agreement, a Health Contribution Agreement, and submit training contributions. You must also complete any required public works form. Finally, you must be approved by the applicable ABC Apprenticeship Committee, which oversees the specific trade involved (electrical, electronic systems technician, plumbing, pipefitting, or sheet metal).




I’m an ABCSD member contractor who wants to enroll some of my company’s employees in the ABCSD Apprenticeship training program. What do I need to do?


First, you will need to complete the employer registration materials. Student registration materials must be completed for each individual student you will be enrolling. Please note that all paperwork must be completed and submitted in its entirety. All incomplete paperwork will be returned. Students cannot enroll until all paperwork is completed by both employer and student.





Apprenticeship

What is apprenticeship?


Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and work experience with formal classroom instruction. On-the-job training allows individuals to earn wages while gaining practical real-world experience. Classroom instruction teaches theory and develops skills in a controlled learning environment. Upon program completion, graduates enter the workforce as a state and federally-recognized craftsperson in their chosen field. The apprenticeship model is a proven approach for preparing workers to compete in today’s economy.




What programs does ABCSD offer?


ABCSD offers programs in electrical, electronic systems technician (EST), plumbing, pipefitting, and sheet metal.




What are the basic requirements to apply for the apprenticeship program?


Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent Board of Education certified GED. Electrical program applicants must also show proof (via transcript or exam result) of a C grade or better in basic algebra. You will be required to have reliable transportation, to travel to various jobsites and school, as well as valid legal documents for employment in the United States.




Do I need to have any experience in construction?


No experience is required to apply to the ABCSD apprenticeship program. Apprenticeship is a paid learning and training opportunity. You will learn all necessary job skills through on-the-job training and classroom training.




What if I have experience?


If you already have verifiable work experience in the specific construction trade you are applying for, you may be eligible to take a placement test. Upon passing the placement test, you would then start the program at a more advanced level.




If I currently work for a contractor, can I continue my employment as an apprentice?


ABCSD contractor members approved to train apprentices may sponsor existing employees into the apprenticeship training program. The member contractor must contact ABCSD’s office to discuss sponsorship of their employee. The prospective apprentice must complete the entire application process and be accepted into the program.




How long does it take to get into the program?


Once you are scheduled for an interview and complete the entire application process successfully, you will be placed in our applicant pool’s waiting list. The timeline is based on the need for apprentices in each construction trade.




How do I start the application process?


There are five steps:

  • Submit your written application
  • Take and pass an entrance exam which consists of reading and math comprehension skills
  • Schedule and pass an in-person screening panel interview
  • Attend Indenturing (orientation) and pass a mandatory drug test
  • Be placed with a contractor employer and begin the training process
  • Electrical & EST applicants must also pass a color-vision screening
Click here for an application process flyer.




When should I submit my apprenticeship application?


You may submit anytime. Applications are accepted year-round for all programs. There is no specific deadline.




Where do apprentices get their on-the-job training?


Apprentices are employed with a member contractor where they receive hands-on training in their chosen trade during the workday. They also attend classes, typically at night, studying the theory and technical knowledge required to apply their craft as a knowledgeable professional. Apprentices receive regular pay increases as they advance through our three to five-year program. Family medical and dental benefits are provided as well. After successfully completing this program, apprentices join the workforce as a state and federally recognized skilled construction craft journeyperson in their chosen field.




Is apprenticeship training equivalent to a college education?


All ABCSD apprenticeship classes are affiliated with Chabot College. Apprentices receive college credits while training. Credits earned may be transferrable and apprentices may also pursue an Associates Degree in conjunction with their apprenticeship training. They may also be transferred at a later date to a four-year college or university in an appropriate degree program, such as construction management or business.




How long does it take to graduate from the ABCSD Apprenticeship program?


The length of an apprenticeship program can vary depending on the employer, complexity of the occupation, and the type of program. ABCSD’s registered apprenticeship programs take three to five years to complete. During the program, apprentices receive on-the-job (OJT) training and job-related classroom education.




Where and when do apprentices attend school?


Classes are held twice weekly for 2.5 or 2.75 hours between Monday and Thursday at the ABCSD Apprenticeship Training Academy, 13825 Kirkham Way in Poway, California. Your class schedule will be determined once you successfully start the apprenticeship program and have been assigned to your first contractor employer.




Who teaches your classes?


ABCSD apprenticeship classes are taught by highly experienced construction professionals. They work full-time in the industry and many received their own apprenticeship training at ABCSD. Several were past National Craft Championship winners receiving gold, silver, or bronze medalists as apprentices.




Do you offer online classes?


Yes, we offer online classes. You must contact your contractor to discuss enrolling in our online classes.




What does ABCSD Apprenticeship training cost?


There are no tuition fees for apprentices. The only costs are classroom textbooks and any required tools for your trade.




Do you offer classes in Spanish?


Unfortunately, we do not. Classroom instruction and all instructional materials including textbooks, plans, and directions are presented in English. Students must be able to read, write and communicate in the English language.




What are the starting wages for my trade?


The rate of pay for apprentices is determined by the State of California and the U.S. Department of Labor and varies by trade. Wages depend on multiple factors including the location of your jobsite by county, and the bid advertisement date of the project.

Wage information is discussed in more detail during applicant orientation.




Do apprentices receive health benefits?


Yes, apprentices receive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits.




What kind of job opportunities are there for construction professionals?


As an organization devoted to producing a skilled and well-trained construction workforce which can meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and technology driven profession, ABCSD encourages more men and women to consider a career in the construction industry. Given the growing shortage of skilled craft professionals, estimated to be 1.6 million people by 2022 nationwide, there will be tremendous future job opportunities for a skilled and trained craft professional.




Aren’t construction jobs disappearing?


Construction remains the second largest employer in the United States, and it is facing a serious shortage of talent. 87% of contractors report having a difficult time filling key professional and skilled craft worker positions. Contractors are eager to hire a skilled, diversified workforce. Why shouldn’t that be YOU?





 
 

TRAINING

Why should I invest in ABCSD continuing education and safety training for my employees?


A skilled and trained workforce is vital to the success of every business. In addition, developing and promoting a culture of safety first at all levels of your business is one of the best policies a company can make, both for its workers and its bottom line. A safe work environment is a productive one, no matter the size or type of business.

ABC strives to provide the quality continuing education and safety training your employees need to meet and exceed job requirements, advance themselves in their profession and provide quality work on the jobsite and for their employers.




What is the difference between the member and the non-member rate?


The Member rate applies to companies that are ABCSD members. If your employer is not an ABCSD member, or if you are currently unemployed, the standard non-member rate will apply to you.




Can I still take classes if I am not a member?


Yes, ABCSD’s classes are open to everyone.




Where can I find a list of current classes?


You can view a list of upcoming classes by clicking here.




Do you offer online classes?


Yes, ABCSD offers a variety of Electrical, OSHA, and 40-hr. EM385-1-1 online classes. Please contact Ollie Wright at (858) 513-4700 to register.




I need to renew my electrical license, what should I do?


All ABCSD classes are accepted by the state towards the mandated 32-hrs. of Continuing Education required to renew an electrical license. Upon successful completion of an ABCSD training, students will leave with an ABC certificate that specifies the number of hours completed. Copies of these certificates can be submitted to the State of California DIR when renewing your license. Click here to download the Renewal Application for Electrician Certification. The School Name will be ABC-San Diego, located in Poway.




Who can I contact with questions about ABCSD continuing education classes?


Contact info@abcsd.org or call 858-513-4700 for information on continuing education classes.





 

Membership

How does my company benefit from joining ABCSD?


Contractors who become members of ABCSD receive significant benefits including:

  • Discounts on the cost of tuition. If your company has multiple students, the savings on tuition alone pay for the cost of yearly membership dues. Contact us for an analysis on what your company could save in craft training by becoming a member.
  • Discounts on services such as insurance, and on products such as vehicle purchasing and leasing, tools, and smartphones.
  • Networking with colleagues and allies of the Merit Shop industry.
  • Participation in ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards to recognize and honor your best work.
  • Safety programs and certifications to help prevent accidents and lower your overhead costs through improved insurance rates.
  • News and information about best practices for your business and for winning work.
  • Advocacy on your behalf on the local, state, and national level to protect your business interests and rights as a Merit Shop contractor.
Review the rest of our Membership page to learn about the additional benefits of joining ABCSD.




What are the membership categories?


  • Associate (Dues Category 1/1A): Members provide service to the construction industry, but no material or labor. (i.e. architects, attorneys, insurance companies, banks, etc.)
  • Supplier (Dues Category 2): Members supply material to contractors, shops, or job sites, but provide no on-site labor.
  • Contractor (Dues Categories 4-14): Members are active in the construction field; prime and subcontractors in all types of construction. Dues are based on a member’s preceding year’s volume.
Dues DO NOT include costs for apprenticeship training, craft training, or health benefits.




How much does membership cost?


Membership dues are billed on an annual basis:

  • Associate Members and Suppliers: $1,860
  • Contractors: Dues categories are determined by total sales for contractors. Total volume includes subcontract work, material, and labor based on the 2017 fiscal year. Click here to see the chart on page 2 of our membership application to determine your appropriate membership dues.
Dues are subject to change upon renewal.




How do membership renewals work?


Payment is applied to the first full year of dues. A pro-rated amount will be invoiced for the second year




Are dues refundable?


Dues are non-refundable unless the company is not approved to utilize our training programs, then a refund may be requested.




Are dues tax deductible?


Dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be partially deductible as a business expense. ABC estimates for 2017, 86 percent of dues are deductible as related to your business. Please contact a professional accountant to determine what is allowable as a business expense in your individual case.




How do I apply for ABCSD membership?


Click here to fill out an application. Submit application and payment to Membership Services Manager Lisa Holme at lisa@abcsd.org. IMPORTANT: If you are a contractor interested in ABCSD’s apprenticeship/craft trainee program, additional steps are required. ABCSD will follow up once your application is submitted and contractor licenses are checked.




How long does it take to get approved to participate in the ABCSD Apprenticeship Training program?


It takes approximately one to two months to get approved to participate in the Apprenticeship program. Click here to see the application and approval steps to train.




What are the requirements for employing apprentices through ABCSD?


ABCSD’s Apprenticeship Training program places apprentices with members in good standing who have a current California contractor’s license. Your membership fees are offset by the reduced labor costs and increased productivity provided by hiring apprentices. You must agree to train apprentices in compliance with ABC Apprenticeship Standard; complete a Training Contribution Agreement, a Health Contribution Agreement, and submit training contributions. You must also complete any required public works form. Finally, you must be approved by the applicable ABC Apprenticeship Committee, which oversees the specific trade involved (electrical, electronic systems technician, plumbing, pipefitting, or sheet metal).




I’m an ABCSD member contractor who wants to enroll some of my company’s employees in the ABCSD Apprenticeship training program. What do I need to do?


First, you will need to complete the employer registration materials. Student registration materials must be completed for each individual student you will be enrolling. Please note that all paperwork must be completed and submitted in its entirety. All incomplete paperwork will be returned. Students cannot enroll until all paperwork is completed by both employer and student.





 

Membership

How does my company benefit from joining ABCSD?


Contractors who become members of ABCSD receive significant benefits including:

  • Discounts on the cost of tuition. If your company has multiple students, the savings on tuition alone pay for the cost of yearly membership dues. Contact us for an analysis on what your company could save in craft training by becoming a member.
  • Discounts on services such as insurance, and on products such as vehicle purchasing and leasing, tools, and smartphones.
  • Networking with colleagues and allies of the Merit Shop industry.
  • Participation in ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards to recognize and honor your best work.
  • Safety programs and certifications to help prevent accidents and lower your overhead costs through improved insurance rates.
  • News and information about best practices for your business and for winning work.
  • Advocacy on your behalf on the local, state, and national level to protect your business interests and rights as a Merit Shop contractor.
Review the rest of our Membership page to learn about the additional benefits of joining ABCSD.




What are the membership categories?


  • Associate (Dues Category 1/1A): Members provide service to the construction industry, but no material or labor. (i.e. architects, attorneys, insurance companies, banks, etc.)
  • Supplier (Dues Category 2): Members supply material to contractors, shops, or job sites, but provide no on-site labor.
  • Contractor (Dues Categories 4-14): Members are active in the construction field; prime and subcontractors in all types of construction. Dues are based on a member’s preceding year’s volume.
Dues DO NOT include costs for apprenticeship training, craft training, or health benefits.




How much does membership cost?


Membership dues are billed on an annual basis:

  • Associate Members and Suppliers: $1,860
  • Contractors: Dues categories are determined by total sales for contractors. Total volume includes subcontract work, material, and labor based on the 2017 fiscal year. Click here to see the chart on page 2 of our membership application to determine your appropriate membership dues.
Dues are subject to change upon renewal.




How do membership renewals work?


Payment is applied to the first full year of dues. A pro-rated amount will be invoiced for the second year




Are dues refundable?


Dues are non-refundable unless the company is not approved to utilize our training programs, then a refund may be requested.




Are dues tax deductible?


Dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be partially deductible as a business expense. ABC estimates for 2017, 86 percent of dues are deductible as related to your business. Please contact a professional accountant to determine what is allowable as a business expense in your individual case.




How do I apply for ABCSD membership?


Click here to fill out an application. Submit application and payment to Membership Services Manager Lisa Holme at lisa@abcsd.org. IMPORTANT: If you are a contractor interested in ABCSD’s apprenticeship/craft trainee program, additional steps are required. ABCSD will follow up once your application is submitted and contractor licenses are checked.




How long does it take to get approved to participate in the ABCSD Apprenticeship Training program?


It takes approximately one to two months to get approved to participate in the Apprenticeship program. Click here to see the application and approval steps to train.




What are the requirements for employing apprentices through ABCSD?


ABCSD’s Apprenticeship Training program places apprentices with members in good standing who have a current California contractor’s license. Your membership fees are offset by the reduced labor costs and increased productivity provided by hiring apprentices. You must agree to train apprentices in compliance with ABC Apprenticeship Standard; complete a Training Contribution Agreement, a Health Contribution Agreement, and submit training contributions. You must also complete any required public works form. Finally, you must be approved by the applicable ABC Apprenticeship Committee, which oversees the specific trade involved (electrical, electronic systems technician, plumbing, pipefitting, or sheet metal).




I’m an ABCSD member contractor who wants to enroll some of my company’s employees in the ABCSD Apprenticeship training program. What do I need to do?


First, you will need to complete the employer registration materials. Student registration materials must be completed for each individual student you will be enrolling. Please note that all paperwork must be completed and submitted in its entirety. All incomplete paperwork will be returned. Students cannot enroll until all paperwork is completed by both employer and student.





 

TRAINING

Why should I invest in ABCSD continuing education and safety training for my employees?


A skilled and trained workforce is vital to the success of every business. In addition, developing and promoting a culture of safety first at all levels of your business is one of the best policies a company can make, both for its workers and its bottom line. A safe work environment is a productive one, no matter the size or type of business.

ABC strives to provide the quality continuing education and safety training your employees need to meet and exceed job requirements, advance themselves in their profession and provide quality work on the jobsite and for their employers.




What is the difference between the member and the non-member rate?


The Member rate applies to companies that are ABCSD members. If your employer is not an ABCSD member, or if you are currently unemployed, the standard non-member rate will apply to you.




Can I still take classes if I am not a member?


Yes, ABCSD’s classes are open to everyone.




Where can I find a list of current classes?


You can view a list of upcoming classes by clicking here.




Do you offer online classes?


Yes, ABCSD offers a variety of Electrical, OSHA, and 40-hr. EM385-1-1 online classes. Please contact Ollie Wright at (858) 513-4700 to register.




I need to renew my electrical license, what should I do?


All ABCSD classes are accepted by the state towards the mandated 32-hrs. of Continuing Education required to renew an electrical license. Upon successful completion of an ABCSD training, students will leave with an ABC certificate that specifies the number of hours completed. Copies of these certificates can be submitted to the State of California DIR when renewing your license. Click here to download the Renewal Application for Electrician Certification. The School Name will be ABC-San Diego, located in Poway.




Who can I contact with questions about ABCSD continuing education classes?


Contact info@abcsd.org or call 858-513-4700 for information on continuing education classes.





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