CityBuild Academy

What does this Program Offer?

  • 18 week Pre-Apprenticeship training in partnership with City College of San Francisco, Evans Center
  • Hands-on training and instruction in the 26 Building Trades
  • Classroom instruction and up to 15 college credits
  • Case management and retention services
  • Supportive services (uniforms, union indenture fees)
  • Industry certifications, including: CPR and First Aid, OSHA 10, HAZWOPER, Fork Lift/Skid Steer, and Boom Lift
  • Access to CityBuild's Women Leadership and Mentorship Group
  • Job referrals and placement assistance
  • Math tutoring and preparation
  • Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) support offered through City College of San Francisco

Already have experience?

If you are a Union or experience construction worker, utlitize the CityBuild Employment Networking Services by following the required steps:

  • Domicile documentation and attendance at one Information Session is required. Information Session schedule and details are listed on the CityBuild Flyer.
  • Present proof of identity with completed form: Californai Driver's License, California Identification Card, Consular Identification Card, U.S. or foreign passport
  • Proof of San Francisco residency: utility bills, bank statements, public benefits letter may be accepted. Download CityBuild Flyer for more information.
  • Proof of construction experience: proof of union membership, any construction related certifications, resume, etc.
  • Meet with CityBuild Staff and bring your completed Certification Form and required proof documents during drop-in hours.

Drop-in Hours:
Every Monday, 11:00am to 3:00pm
Mission Street Career Link Center
3120 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Qualifications to Join

  • Age 18 years or older
  • San Francisco residency (proof required)
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver's License
  • 8th grade reading and math skills
  • Ability to lift at least 70 lbs.
  • Successfully pass a drug test

Program Timeline

  • Job Readiness Training (JRT): Mandatory 2 week preparedness instruction
  • Academy Training Cycles: Enrollment in 1 of the annual 18 week cycles:
  1. Spring: January - May
  2. Summer: June - October

How to Get Started

  1. Attend an Orientation
    • Meet with a case manager
    • Complete application
    • Submit documents
  2. Complete Job Readiness Training
    • 2 week JRT
    • Interview
    • Pass drug test
  3. Acceptance and Enrollment in the Academy
    • Complete placement test
    • Selection and enrollment
  4. Already Signed up with CityBuild?
    • Sign up for the Networking Eligibility List at the Mission Career Link Center, 3120 Mission Street during business hours or during drop-in hours with a CityBuild Employment Liaison.
    • Please note it is required that CityBuild Academy clients meet with CityBuild Employment Liaisons at least once a month to remain active on the Networkign Eligibility List.

Background Information about the Program

CityBuild Academy aims to meet the demands of the construction industry by providing comprehensive pre-apprenticeship and construction administration training to San Francisco residents. CityBuild began in 2006 as an effort to coordinate City-wide construction training and employment programs and is administered by OEWD in partnership with City College of San Francisco, various community non-profit organizations, labor unions, and industry employers.

CityBuild Academy offers an 18-week pre-apprenticeship and construction skills training program at the City College of San Francisco, Evans Campus. Trainees can earn up to 15 college credits while learning foundational skills and knowledge to enter the construction trades and succeed as new apprentices. Trainees are given the opportunity to obtain construction-related certifications such as OSHA 10, Forklift, Skid Steer, CPR and First Aid. Several program instructors are construction industry specialists with years of field experience. In addition, CBA partners with Habitat for Humanity, and the San Francisco Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Training to provide experience outside the classroom setting. Since 2006, 874 San Francisco residents have graduated from CityBuild Academy and 753 graduates have secured employment in various construction trades.

Participating Partners

  • A. Philip Randolph Institute
  • Anders and Anders Foundation
  • Asian Neighborhood Design
  • Bay Area Plastering Industry Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
  • Carpenters' Training Committee of Northern California
  • Cement Mason Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program
  • Charity Cultural Services Center
  • City College of San Francisco
  • Ironworkers Apprenticeship Training
  • Mayor's Office of Housing & Community Development
  • Mission Hiring Hall
  • Northern California Laborer's Training Center
  • Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure
  • Port of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Adult Probation Department
  • San Francisco Fire Department
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority
  • San Fransisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Young Community Developers (YCD)