Leadership Training

We place a top priority on developing the total professional: Carpenters who are not only technical experts in their craft, but who also demonstrate effective communication and leadership qualities.


Creating the Total Professional Through Leadership Training

We partner regularly with the UBC’s Department of Education & Training (DET) to develop our members’ skills so that they are successful on and off the jobsite. The DET Learning System includes specific training tools and programs designed to improve both individual and organizational performance at every level. Its focus centers on developing heightened abilities in communication, leadership, management, public speaking, and marketing.

DET Programs Include:

  • 3rd Year Apprentice: Helping Build Our Industries — Apprentices learn how professionalism, productivity, skill, and attitude contribute to their success, and to the success of the contractors who employ them. They also gain a greater understanding of the UBC, industries served, and the important role they play for both.

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  • UBC Journeymen: Building Leadership for a Strong Future — Journeymen develop leadership, mentoring, coaching, and communication skills, and learn to engage with newer members and lead by example, all while promoting positive work environments and productivity on the job.

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  • 212 Journeymen: Next Level UBC Leaders — This is the next step in expanding the total UBC Professional. Empowering the true foundation of the UBC, 212 Journeymen seeks those that have cultivated their personal leadership style and are ready for the next step in their career path.

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  • Foreman Training: Building a Solid Foundation — Participants of this program learn the importance of productivity and develop plans to improve performance on their jobsites. They also learn about the foreman’s leadership role as a planner, communicator, production manager, crew supervisor, and problem solver.

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  • Superintendent Career Training Program — Productive job sites don’t happen by accident. Smart, forward-thinking superintendents who know how to manage and motivate people, solve problems, and keep an eye on the bottom line are the secrets to successful projects.

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  • Collaborative Leadership: Building Jobsite Leaders — This program focuses on leadership, communication, entrepreneurship, coaching, and collaboration among the parties of a building project, such as the contractor, general contractor, project manager, facility manager and the owner.

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Here’s what our industry partners are saying

Shannon Lusk

Vice President/Safety Director, Missouri Valley Contractors

The facility is FIRST CLASS!! From the rooms to the food, I have never been at such a first class facility in all my training experiences. I have attended my other organizations training classes and facilities and not any of them can compare. The leaders and trainers at the conference were ALL very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. They made us all feel very welcomed and were helpful in everything we did. EVERY presenter was fantastic with the presentations and approach and direction. We are looking forward to sending more of our valuable leaders to upcoming conferences. Thanks again to everyone at the UBC for an outstanding conference.

Tim Long

Project Manager II, Performance Contracting Inc., Mobile, AL

It was a fine event that was both insightful and very enjoyable. Mike Thompson, with PCI in Atlanta, and I were very impressed with the organization, the facilities, and the content. I also appreciate the opportunity to contribute on the panel and with some of the planning early on. Please feel free to reach out to me in the future if you need any assistance from the contracting sector on contributions to the planning and/or participation.

Steve Alford

Owner, Exhibitors Service Network

I thought the material presented was helpful and informative for everyone who attended. The information was provided in a way that everyone would be able to use on any job site. The presenters knew their info and were excited to be able to present it to the people attending. It was an awesome facility and the rooms were comfortable and quiet.


Russell Deaver

Vice President of Finance, Harrah’s New Orleans

I would be hard pressed to think there is any comparable craft that could rival what I just experienced. Everything about the experience exceeded my expectations. The facility was amazing, the training sessions were very informative and thought provoking, and the service was top notch. From the time we arrived until the time we left, we were taken care of extremely well. I will definitely advocate for additional participation from Harrah’s New Orleans team members. Thanks again!

Jeffrey Bonar

Principle, Charleston Construction

Thank you for the opportunity to attend the collaborative leadership seminar. This was a great experience for our team: Not only did we learn about ourselves and the importance of working in collaboration, but we also experienced the downfall of not working as a team first hand.

The information opened our eyes to the many differences between our generations and how each generation is special in different ways, to have empathy for our employees, and give our employees a chance to think outside of the box.

We believe this program brought great value to our company. We greatly appreciate the experience and recommend this program for all leaders.


Sam Griswold

President, Craftcorps. Inc.

I appreciated the opportunity to speak with the apprentices, and I hope I was able to provide insight into contractors’ expectations and provide them with good answers to their questions.


Carl Stone

Director of Operations Civil Maintenance, BHI Energy

I could not have had a better experience by attending this conference! Even though it was my first time, I look forward to not only going back and participating, but to also have the opportunity to tell many others inside and outside of my company what the UBC is fostering and accomplishing at the ITC in Las Vegas.

I have worked with and been a part of the Union in my past and have heard many Carpenters discuss their time at the UBC in Las Vegas, but I could not have even imagined what they were talking about until I experienced it for myself. The UBC takes great pride in its training programs, and they are constantly adding new ones and improving! This is a live process as it should be.

Everyone associated with this event treated me with the upmost respect. The facility itself is overwhelming, with all of the different options and the high-tech training rooms, you can tell that the UBC is serious about providing the industry with highly trained personnel!

The UBC is making every effort to improve their training process and to develop the most highly trained personnel that they can. I had the pleasure to listen to many different speakers who were inspiring. We also broke into groups by region and discussed issues and areas for improvement, and everyone had a voice.

I look forward to going back in the near future and for the opportunity to share my ideas, to help further this process, which I feel is one of the best things that I have had the opportunity to experience and to be a part of in a long time! At BHI we require highly trained and motivated workers, and I am proud to say, I have the upmost confidence that the UBC ITC is dedicated to supplying not only BHI with these individuals, but to supply the entire industry with them as well.

Together, we can build strong, reliable exemplary relationships!