Construction Trades Academy

Let ABC’s vast network of contractors work for you. We have hundreds of contractors/employers looking to hire skilled and entry level craft professionals. We offer Tennessee construction education opportunities to advance your career!

Do you meet the qualifications below? Then contact or visit ABC so we can assist you in starting a new career.

  • Be enthusiastic!
  • Read, write, comprehend English and able to do math.
  • Currently 18 or older.
  • Are able to legally work in the United States.
  • Graduated High School with a proof of diploma or GED.
  • A State of Tennessee proof of identification for first year students.
  • Work faithfully and diligently at the occupation.
  • Physically able to perform on a construction site as required for the job.
  • Pass a drug test.
  • Have reliable transportation.
  • Go on job interviews and respond to prospective employers in a timely manner.

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One of the questions you need to ask yourself after high school is what am I going to pay for my education in my chosen career. One of the first major stepping stones in a construction career is becoming a journeyman. Likewise, there are a variety of paths to get there. Let’s take the electrical trade as an example. Did you know choosing the ABC apprentice path will result in you earning twice as much during your electrical apprentice period than going the community college route? These are important questions you need to evaluate when you are choosing which education path to go down? Do your research and compare, you will find will find that becoming an ABC apprentice is the best path to choose.

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Our employers believe in the merit shop philosophy, which encourages open competition and the free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit. That means they promote biased upon merit and they don’t rely on seniority as must union based shops do. Did you know over 83% of the construction industry workers choose not to work for union shops! Nor is your work experience limited by strict work rules. The point being that as you acquire different skill sets that makes you more valuable. Let’s face it the world is changing rapidly and every career field is to! So choose to be with an outfit that wants to keep up! If you desire to learn more about the merit shop philosophy & values you can go to


ABC Greater TN Chapter provides the Department of Labor approved Mike Holt Electrical curriculum. Mike Holt Enterprises, has been serving the electrical industry for over 40 years, creating and publishing books, DVDs, online training and curriculum support for electrical trainers, students, organizations, and electrical professionals.

We also utilize the DOL accredited NCCER curriculum for our other trades. Upon completion, you will receive a ABC Greater Tennessee Construction Trades Academy certification.

MISSION To build a safe, productive and sustainable workforce of craft professionals VISION To be universally recognized by industry and government as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for construction and maintenance craft professionals

This curriculum is taught in a classroom setting by instructors that are currently practicing their trade in the field.