ABC CraftMasters Training Trust

CraftMasters Training

Why craft training?

ABC of Metro Washington founded ABC CraftMasters Training Trust (CTT), a separate 501(c)(3) organization, to help its members and the merit shop construction community create a qualified workforce now and into the future. Construction craft training increases productivity and safety, and gives construction workers a considerable advantage over those trained by informal means.

With a goal of lowering unemployment rates, there's a growing trend in local and state government to require apprenticeship training on government construction projects. (For information on Maryland and DC apprenticeship requirements, contact Director of Government Affairs Bob Zinsmeister.)

Training in 21 Trades

CTT offers apprenticeship and construction craft training in carpentry, concrete form building, drywall, electrical, HVAC, structural ironwork, masonry, painting, plumbing, reinforcing ironwork, sheet metal, and sprinkler fitting. CTT's apprenticeship training programs are fully approved and accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council, District of Columbia Apprenticeship and Training Council, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Veterans Administration.  For a comprehensive course catalog, please visit this link.

CTT's instructors are NCCER-certified and are professionals in their trade. They use the standardized "Contren Learning Series" curriculum that includes both classroom instruction and hands-on lab experience. For more information on the curriculums, check out the syllabus for each trade or visit NCCER's website. For information on specialized training or trades not covered please contact Jason Roberts.

C.O.R.E. - The First Step

In Construction Orientation and Readiness Education, known as C.O.R.E., students receive an introduction to the trades and training in construction math, safety, hand tools, power tools, green building, blueprint reading, and communication skills. They also will complete their OSHA 10-hour certification.

C.O.R.E. is a prerequisite to all Level 1 trade classes at the ABC CraftMasters Training Academy.

Find the next scheduled C.O.R.E. Class on our Events Calendar.

ABC offers the tools to build a career in the
construction industry. Apprenticeship is a
proven way to make it to the top.


"Shapiro & Duncan relies on ABC of Metro Washington to train our apprentices, and they don't let us down. Their nationally accredited and state and federally approved program turns out craftsmen that are among the best in the industry . ABC's commitment to quality craft training proves that they understand the importance of building a workforce for the future. Without ABC's craft training program, Shapiro & Duncan wouldn't be where it is today!"

Sheldon Shapiro, Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.

Quick Registration Links

Are you looking for work in the construction industry? Would you like to become an apprentice? We can help. 


MD Apprenticeship Training Fund

  Download the Electronic Submission and Compliance Guidelines here.

Excel Spreadsheet

To request a form to calculate your contribution, please email us.

Report your contribution at DLLR's website here.

C.O.R.E Registration

To register for an upcoming C.O.R.E. class, please follow this link.

Annual Apprenticeship Registration

For apprenticeship registration information, contact Associate Academy Director Lisa Johnson at 301-853-4668.


Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for more information on our craft and apprenticeship training program.

Please note, we
do not provide employment.

Visit your local employment office or go to Construction Job Network for employment assistance.

We can provide a list of employers who currently have representation in the ABC CraftMasters Training Academy. To request the list, send an email specifying the trade or trades that interest you.

Contact Us

6901 Muirkirk Meadows Drive,
Beltsville, MD 20705
P: 301-853-4668
F: 301-595-9718