High-paying, rewarding careers in building engineering and maintenance do not require a college degree. However, there are certain education and training programs that can help you get your foot in the door. Below are several programs serving the District of Columbia:
- UDC: The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Division of Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning offers a career training pathway in construction and property management. This pathway includes classes toward the Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) which can help propel your career in apartment maintenance. Click here to learn more about the CAMT certification and Construction and Property Management pathway from UDC.
- DCHA ATP: The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) runs the Apprenticeship Training Program (DCHA ATP). This program, which is currently offered, on an annual basis, is available for free to all District residents, regardless of whether they live in DCHA properties. Participants in this program often find work with District Government or the local real estate industry. Click here to learn more about DCHA ATP.
- NAPEEF: The National Association of Power Engineers Educational Foundation (NAPEEF) is a leading training provider for commercial real estate firms throughout the Washington metro area. The NAPEEF “Ready to Work” program and other introductory courses are great ways to start a career in building engineering and maintenance and “Ready to Work” includes a career fair at the end of the course. NAPEEF’s offices and training headquarters are located in Alexandria, VA. They also offer classes in Maryland and DC. Click here to learn more about NAPEEF classes.