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Training Courses

Education is the cornerstone for every successful project. At Habitat, we make it a priority for our families and volunteers.

Greater Fox cities Area Habitat for Humanity offers a wide array of construction training.

For our General Volunteers (if you are NOT officially part of our Senior Crew) we offer training every build day as needed for all experience levels.   The only requirement is the desire to learn and to help our Habitat families build their future.

For our Senior Crew (volunteers who commit to a regular schedule) volunteers we offer 101 and 201 level courses generally held during February/March of each year at our Education Center (classroom style) or Warehouse (hands-on style).     Each course has detailed training plans, goals, tools and materials needed, quality points and more to ensure a complete learning opportunity.   Detailed “how to” information is available in our Construction Manual which is the core of our 201 training courses.  All 201 level training held at our warehouse uses a 10’ x 16’ model training house where trainees can install interior and exterior doors, windows,  siding, soffit, insulation and sheetrock.  This off-site (non-production) training allows plenty of time for a combination of classroom and hands-on training, problem solving and questions as we seek to provide a truly collaborative learning environment.

For our homeowners we offer Construction Basics 101 to equip our newly approved homeowners for their first day on a build site.   This course is offered multiple times per year (as new homeowners are approved) and is a combination classroom and hands-on styles.   This course covers a broad range of topics including what a typical build day looks like, roles people play on the work site, how their house gets built (all the varying stages), hand and power usage (hands on) and safety, terminology, measuring basics (and practice) and more!

If you have any questions on this training program contact  Construction Supervisor, Kevin Gostomski  at  (920) 205-1051 or via email at [email protected]

Air Sealing and Insulating Installation (On-site)

Category:  Energy Efficiency
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn the concepts and reasons why proper air sealing and insulation is so important to our homeowners now and in the future.

Air Sealing, Insulating and Sheetrock Installation Basics 201

Category:  Energy Efficiency
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn the concepts and reasons why proper air sealing and insulation is so important to our homeowners now and in the future as well as the basics of safely and effectively installing sheetrock.

Base Trim Installation (On-site)

Category:  Finishing
PreRequisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to layout, cut and install base/floor trim.

Beam and Sill Installation (On-site)

Category:  Framing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to install the main support beam and posts, sill plates and layout floor joints.

Blue Prints 101

Category:  Layout
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to read and apply our standard blue prints on-site for the task at hand (cap foundation, wall layout, build components, truss layout, etc.).

Cabinet Installation (on-site)

Category:  Finishing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to prepare, layout and install cabinets, countertops and trim.

Cap Foundation (on-site)

Category:  Framing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to install I-Joists and Deck sub-flooring.

Cleanup and Appliance Installation (on-site)

Category:  Finishing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description: This is the final volunteer day on each build site. The main goal is to get the home ready for its Home Dedication and for the family to move in. Volunteers provide a thorough cleaning, help the homeowner finish the punch list and address any remaining issues or incomplete tasks.

Construction Basics 101

Category:  General
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Help our homeowners to get comfortable and hit the ground running for their work site debut.  This course will take you through the steps of a typical Habitat build, how a standard “work” day (including roles and structure) operates, site and tool safety (including hands-on use) along with basic construction and materials terminology.

Construction Basics 201

Category:  General
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  For new(er) Senior Crew members – This course is designed to give you an idea of what you’ve gotten yourself into by giving you a tour of our Habitat build process, how a typical “work” day (including roles and structure) operates, site and tool safety (including hands-on use) and basic construction concepts, materials, terminology and to top it off you will put all that knowledge to practice while building a shed that will be sent to a future home build project.

Exterior Door Installation 201

Category:  Doors
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn the “in’s and out’s” of installing exterior doors as well as how to recognize and resolve common installation issues.

Exterior Door Installation (on-site)

Category:  Doors
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to properly install exterior doors.

Home Energy Performance 101

Category:  Energy Efficiency
Pre-Requisite:  Air Sealing & Insulation Installation (On-Site) OR Air Sealing, Insulation & Sheetrock Basics 201.
Description:  Hosted by our Home Energy Performance consultants this course will demonstrate an actual Home Energy Performance Test while allowing trainees to participate and observe testing techniques.  This course will help you better understand how our Habitat homes compare to for profit builders in the area and how we have improved Habitat home performance since 2008.

Interior Door and Trim Installation 201

Category:  Finishing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to install and trim interior doors while uncovering and solving a few cleverly hidden “traps”.

Interior Door and Trim Installation (on-site)

Category:  Finishing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to properly install and trim interior doors.

Roof Framing (on-site)

Category:  Framing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Installing trusses, roof sheathing and sub-fascia.

Safety Fall Protection (on-site)

Category:  Safety
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:   How to properly check and use fall protection equipment.  This training takes place on-site each day that fall protection equipment is used.

Safety Fall Protection and PPE 101

Category:  Safety
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:   How to properly check and use fall protection equipment.

Sheetrock Installation (on-site)

Category:   Finishing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:   Learn how to properly and effectively install ceiling wall sheet rock.

Siding and Trim Installation 201

Category:  Finishing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:   Learn how to dress up a home’s exterior and how to make sure it can endure Wisconsin’s temperature and weather extremes for many years to come.

Siding and Trim Installation (on-site)

Category:  Finishing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:   Learn how to properly install siding and related trim.

Siding Preparation and Layout (on-site)

Category:  Finishing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:   Understand the basics of siding layout and preparation for siding.

Site Support Training

Category:  Leadership
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:   A document outlining all tasks in detail is provided.  New site support volunteers can also shadow a current volunteer.

Site Leader Training (on-site)

Category:  Leadership
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:   Shadowing and mentoring program designed to encourage and grow Senior Crew mentors into Leadership roles.

Soffit and Trim Installation 201

Category:  Finishing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:   Learn the basics of metal working (e.g. bending, cutting, shaping), installation of soffit and trim and the fine art of “finishing” well.

Soffit and Trim Installation (on-site)

Category:  Finishing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:   Learn how to install soffit and fascia.

Stair Installation – Finish (on-site)

Category:  Finishing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:   Learn how to cut and install stair skirting, treads and risers and hand railing

Stair Installation Rough-In (on-site)

Category:  Framing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to calculate and accurately layout, cut and install stair stringers and temporary stair treads.

Tools: Paslode Trouble Shooting 101

Category:  Tools
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description: Lean how to do basic Paslode nail gun trouble shooting.

Tools: Power Tool Safety 201

Category:  Safety
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Included in both Construction Basics course as well as on-site training for new users.

Training House (on-site)

Category:  General
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  At least one new home build per season is dedicated to training each season. This is primarily designed for training new Senior Crew members on an actual build site that has extra days built into the schedule (nine extra days).  It also serves existing crew members that want to learn or improve their skills in a specific area or task.

Underlayment Installation Dricore (on-site)

Category:  Finishing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to layout and install basement flooring underlayment.

Underlayment Installation Multiply (on-site)

Category:  Finishing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to layout and install vinyl flooring underlayment.

Walkthrough – Homeowner (on-site)

Category:  Homeowner Support
Pre-Requisite:  Minimum 1 year Senior Crew experience
Description:  Shadow/mentoring program.

Wall Building (on-site)

Category:  Framing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to build and install interior and exterior walls.

Wall Layout 101

Category:  Layout
Pre-Requisite:  Blue Prints 101 & minimum 1 year Senior Crew experience
Description:   Learn to apply your Blue Print 101 skills, as you delve into the world of wall layout terminology, concepts and practice.

Wall Layout (on-site)

Category:  Layout
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to transfer blue print information to actual layout on interior and exterior walls.

Window and Door Components Assembly 201

Category:  Framing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn the purpose and function of window and door components, how to use the component manual to properly cut and assemble components.   The components built in this course will be used on a future build project.  You will also learn how to properly and safely use the typical power tools used on a Habitat build site.

Window and Door Components Assembly (on-site)

Category:  Framing
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn the purpose and function of window and door components, how to use the component manual to properly cut and assemble components.

Window Installation 201

Category:  Windows
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn the “up’s and down’s” of window installation and why it’s not just the windows performance but proper installation that makes the difference.

Windows Installation (on-site)

Category:  Windows
Pre-Requisite:  N/A
Description:  Learn how to properly install windows.