In 1985, IMI launched the Instructor Certification Program (ICP) for BAC and Job Corps instructors. The primary goal of this program is to develop qualified instructors capable of implementing effective BAC apprenticeship and journeyworker upgrade programs. All local union instructors are encouraged to participate in ICP, which is held annually at the National Training Center in Bowie, MD.
Producing quality masonry craftworkers requires instructors that are skilled in more than just tools and materials. Through ICP, BAC instructors learn how to help their students succeed and to structure a training program that meets the needs of members throughout their working life. Instructors are also updated on the latest technical and industry information, ranging from new building products and systems to changes in health and safety regulations. The curriculum is constantly adjusted to anticipate changing expectations and ensure that BAC members are trained to the highest standards.
Participants in ICP must have at least five years of journey-level craft experience, and must be currently employed by their local union as an instructor. Graduation from ICP requires completion of a 200 hour curriculum over several years and the creation of an instructional portfolio. After they achieve their certification, instructors are welcomed back to the National Training Center for additional continuing education throughout their careers.