Journeyperson Upgrades

Enhance your skills through training.

We are committed to training and continually supporting our current and future Members. Journey-level workers can take upgrade courses at any of our five training facilities so that they continue to be the safest, best trained professionals in the skilled trades.

This opportunity for continuing education is what sets our professionally union-trained tradespersons apart from our non-union counterparts. All five of our Training Centers across the state of Michigan are funded internally by Member contributions. The MRCC will continue to invest in the training of our Members to produce the professionals needed on today's worksites.


Members interested in a certain training, or signatory contractors who are interested in specific trainings for their crews,  should reach out to a Training Center closest to them for more information. 


  • Basic Prints — Introductory course into print reading.
  • Basic Welding — Safety/set-up for cutting torch, stick machine, and flux core mig welder.
  • Bridge Forming — Construction techniques for common bridge construction.
  • Fall Protection — Recognize conditions that lead to falls. Understand methods of prevention.
  • Floor & Wall Framing — Deck & wall framing, deck sheathing, framing doors and windows.
  • Footings & Foundations — Concrete construction terminology. Safety & forming procedures.
  • Level & Transit — Practical exercises including operation, function, and handling of transit levels.
  • Roof Framing — Theory and calculations. Overhangs and cornice lines, jack and hip rafters.
  • Stair Building — Rise and run, stringer layout, concrete steps. Code regulations discussed.
    Advanced Classes
  • Advanced Roof Framing — Review of common rafters. Uneven pitch roofs are introduced.
  • Advanced Stair Building — Job built, freestanding circular and winding stairs.
  • Column & Deck Framing — Building forms for elevated praking decks and high rise buildings.
  • Total Station — Layout of building coordinates. Need Level and Transit experience.
The sky’s the limit when you’re the best at what you do.
Kyle McLaughlin Journeyman Carpenter

Certifications & Qualifications

  • Some classes may require prerequisites
    • Aerial lift operator qualification
    • Best practices in health-care construction
    • OSHA 30-hour outreach training
    • Rigging and signaling qualification
    • Scaffold erector qualification
    • Lock and hardware certification
    • Solid surface certification
    • Welding certification
    • MDOT certification
    • Flooring
    • INSTALL Readiness
    • INSTALL Certification
      • Carpet
      • Resilient
      • Hardwood
      • Substrate
    • Cove Welding
I love being a millwright. I like layout and precision work the best. But you do different things every day. And the instructors have taught me a lot. Every job I’ve been on, everybody’s got each other’s back. It really is a brotherhood.
Marcus Moss Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights