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Class Descriptions

Below are the general descriptions of Journeyman upgrade classes.  Please call the St. Paul Training Center at 651-489-3829 for more information.


This course is designed to allow the Iron Worker to meet the general training requirements set forth by applicable OSHA Regulations and ANSI Standards.  The course will include hazard awareness and basic operation of an aerial lift and/or an aerial lift platform.

COMET - Construction Organizing Membership Education Training

This 8-hr course provides useful information about the challenges facing the Ironworker union and provides thought provoking questions and suggestions for how to navigate the world of construction in the 21st century. Participants will be encouraged to think about important issues facing them and their peers and to brainstorm and identify short-term and long-term solutions.

-To help union members explain why every local union must organize unrepresented construction workers.  
-Describe why it is important that union members understand and support organizing within their local’s jurisdiction and build for the future.




This course is a prerequisite for MSHA
This certification expires after 2 years

This 6-hr class teaches you how to administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and First Aid. You'll learn how to handle emergency situations, take basic precautions to prevent disease transmission, care for injuries or sudden illness until advanced medical help arrives, help someone in breathing and cardiac emergencies and administer chest compressions. This class also teaches you to care for life-threatening bleeding, sudden illness, shock and injury.


This 24-hour course is designed to develop skilled Ironworker foremen. During this course the participants will learn the roles and responsibilities of the foreman. In addition, they will learn how to create an effective work team, communicate effectively, apply problem-solving skills, document and maintain records, maintain labor-management relations, plan and schedule work, implement a safety program, and ensure the quality of work. 


This class trains the Iron Worker with safe operating skills of the forklift for both inside and outside a building.


This certification expires after 1 year (see MSHA Refresher below)

This 24-hr course is designed to provide the Iron Worker student with training in miner’s rights and responsibilities, health effects of surface mining, respiratory devices and self rescue, mine specific health and safety regulations, transportation and communication systems, ground control plans, work environment of a surface mine, electrical hazards, fires and appropriate action in case of fire, mine hazards, hazards related to explosives, and first aid/CPR.

Needed to obtain a MSHA New Miner certification are OSHA 10 hour training, current First Aid/CPR training, and a 9 hour MSHA Newly Employed Inexperienced Miner class.
-MSHA training is required for every worker before he starts work on an active mining site including all taconite and sand plants.  This includes Frac sand mining operations.




This certification expires after 1 year

This 8-hr course is designed to provide the Iron Worker with re-training in miner’s rights and responsibilities, in order to keep their MSHA certification.

 MSHA Newly Employed Inexperienced Miner class.
-MSHA training is required for every worker before he starts work on an active mining site including all taconite and sand plants.  This includes Frac sand mining operations.


The basic rigger and signalperson training consists of eight hours of training that includes power point presentations, text and reference materials, audio visual graphics for signalperson training and testing, and multiple choice tests.
This certification is valid for 5 years and is transferrable from employer to employer. A written test and a practical (hands-on) test will be administered for both Rigger and Signalperson. The Training Center will provide study materials and a review session. Just attending class is not enough to attain certifications; you must have a passing grade on tests.


This course is a mandatory requirement for all Iron Workers
This certification expires every 3 years in North Dakota ONLY

This 10-hour course is designed to provide the Iron Worker student with training in the basics of occupational safety and health. This 10-hour OSHA course teaches the basic practices of identifying, reducing, eliminating and reporting hazards associated with construction work. 

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

-Apply OSHA standards including - Confined spaces subpart-C
-Apply OSHA standards including - Hazard communications subpart-D
-Apply OSHA standards including - Personal protective equipment subpart-E 
-Apply OSHA standards including - Material handling subpart-H
-Apply OSHA standards including - Tool safety subpart-I
-Apply OSHA standards including - Electrical safety subpart-K
-Apply OSHA standards including - Scaffold safety subpart-L
-Apply OSHA standards including - Fall protection subpart-M
-Apply OSHA standards including - Stairways and ladders subpart-X


This 30-hr course is designed to provide the Iron Worker with training in a variety of OSHA areas in order to improve their ability to work safely on construction sites.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
-Apply OSHA standards including Subpart C, Standard 3-1.1, Subpart D and Subpart E.
-Apply OSHA standards including Subpart F, Subpart H, Subpart I and Subpart J.
-Apply OSHA standards including Subpart K. Subpart L, Subpart M and Subpart N.
-Apply OSHA standards including Subparts O, W, G, P, Q, X and confined space entry.
-Apply OSHA standards including Subpart R and lead hazard.


This class will be a half day review followed by a test for the Post Tension certification. This is offered for those who have a certification that has lapsed or those not certified through the Post Tension Institute.
The class outlines the basic body of knowledge that should be possessed by all Iron Workers involved in the installation of single strand unbonded post-tensioning (PT) systems.



This is a 10-hour Professional training course for union construction workers, their signatory contractors, and the clients of these contractors to enhance the communication, cooperation, and productivity on all job sites. PRO-10 training was developed to further the understanding between each party and create a more harmonious and effective work environment.

PRO-10 starts with the "CORE 4," which is four hours of training on safety, communication, mutual respect, and professionalism. All parties on a PRO-10 job site must go through this training as well as an additional six hours of supplemental training provided by each trades training program or their trade's association.

Ironworkers need to complete Core 4 (4 hours) and 6 hours of additional training. Ironworkers who have graduated within the last five (5) years from the apprenticeship program will only need to complete the 6 hour session.

Ironworkers who currently do not have the Core 4 training will need to complete the ten (10 hour) training session.



This course teaches the Iron Worker on the proper use, erecting and dismantling of different types of scaffolding utilized in the construction industry. Iron Workers who perform work while on a scaffold must be trained and qualified in the subject matter to recognize the hazards associated with the type of scaffold being used and to understand the procedures to control or minimize those hazards.


This 12-week shop-class is held on Saturday mornings for 4-hours and is designed to provide the Iron Worker with welding certificates in oxyfuel gas cutting, shielded metal arc, flux cored arc, or gas tungsten arc welding processes. To receive your enrollment fee at the end of the course you must certify in a welding process.

Certifications available:
-Stainless Steel
-Deck welding
-other specialty processes that must be cleared by the Training Coordinator before the couse begins.