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Construction training for NYCHA residents

NYCHA Resident Training Academy (NRTA): Construction Training (NYS Department of Labor approved pre-apprenticeship program) by City University of New York (CUNY) and NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) | CUNY New York City College of Technology

Services Provided Apprenticeships and job training

Eligibility NYCHA resident

Schedule 1 to 3 months, Daytime

Last Updated Last updated on Mar 27, 2024

The Construction track of the NYCHA Resident Training Academy (NRTA) prepares NYCHA residents for entry level opportunities and apprenticeships in the construction industry.

The NRTA Construction 8-week pre-apprenticeship training prepares NYCHA residents to acquire skills and industry certifications to work in the construction trades. Graduates of this training track are referred to union apprenticeships and employment opportunities with union partners and construction contractors.

Who it's for Who it's for

To qualify for training, you must:

  • Be an authorized NYCHA resident
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have valid working documentation
  • Be able to work for 8 hours on your feet
  • Be able to pass a drug test
  • Be able to pass the NRTA entrance exam with a score of 70% in reading and math
  • Have a High School Diploma, or GED

Duration and Length Duration and Length

The 8 week training runs Monday through Friday, 8am–4pm, with classroom and hands-on lab instruction (in person and/or virtual).

Next Steps

The application for the NRTA is a multiple step process. As a first step, NYCHA residents can register the NRTA entrance exam.

Training participants are selected based on a number of factors such as qualifications and proven interest. Learn more about the process for applying and selection.