Building Construction


Gain hands-on training in basic construction concepts, rough framing, concrete, insulation, building codes and permits, and finish carpentry. Earn certifications in CPR/First Aid, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Silica Safety during the program, and develop your job readiness, teamwork and communication skills. 

 At the Peosta and Dubuque locations, NICC partners with Four Mounds for the earn and learn lab portion of the program. 

Award: Career Pathway Certificate
Credits: Noncredit
Locations: Calmar, Peosta

Paying for the Program


There are many options available for tuition savings. Contact the Admissions or Financial Aid office for more information.

You may qualify to earn a Career Pathway Certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements.

Register and pay tuition now for the next class offering or Apply for Tuition Assistance

  • For Tuition Assistance contact NICC Business and Community Solutions to complete the following:
    • Tuition Assistance Program Application
    • CASAS Assessment
    • Interview with NICC staff
Enrollment Information Request Information
Course Hours
CPR/First Aid 4
Workforce Readiness Skills 8
OSHA 10 Construction & Silica Safety 12
Basic Construction Skills 32
Building Construction Lab 46
Total Hours 102

In partnership with Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and Opportunity Dubuque, the College will provide child care assistance at no cost to those who qualify while students are in class for this program. Also, full-time employed graduates from this program may qualify for additional child care support for up to 12 months at a licensed or registered child care provider. Child care services are available in the Dubuque and Peosta areas only.

Graduates of this Career Pathway Certificate program may enter the workforce or transfer course credit into the Carpentry program. For a listing of courses and how they transfer, visit the Credit for Prior Learning page and select "Credit for Northeast Iowa Community College Non-Credit Coursework" to see the "Non Credit to Credit Course Matrix."

Shara Sparrgrove

Shara Sparrgrove, M.B.A.
Dubuque Center Director

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 3252
  • Location: Dubuque