About the Program

The Certificate Program on Construction Trades is a free,  certificate program that prepares workers for entry-level construction jobs in Miami. Students participate in one of two sessions where they learn the basics of working in construction to qualify for in-field construction jobs. Participants spend five weeks in a classroom for a total of 80 hours of learning, during the following nine weeks participants will receive classroom and hands-on experience for a total of 120 hours. Space is limited to 45 students per session. Upon completion, graduates will hold various certificates required for working in entry-level construction jobs.


The Certificate Program on Construction Trades is the result of a partnership between Florida International University and the Lennar Foundation. FIU is an urban public research university serving 56,000 students and a diverse county of 2.7 million people. A minority-majority Hispanic-serving institution, FIU is #1 in awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic/Latino students and #11 in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African-American/Black students. The program is being offered through the Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability housed in FIU’s College of Engineering & Computing. The college has a proven track record in construction education and workforce training.

Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability

Why a Job in Construction?

Construction jobs in Miami are in demand! Construction is among the nation’s top five industries for good jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree. In Florida, construction is the fourth among the top industries for well-paying, non-BA jobs. The average pay for construction workers without a bachelor’s degree in Florida is $52,000. A need for workers to fill construction job openings is also expected to grow 12 percent by 2026.