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Job training for NYCHA residents in construction

NYCHA Resident Training Academy (NRTA): Construction by New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) | CUNY New York City College of Technology

Training for a new job

Adults, NYCHA residents

1 to less than 3 months, Daytime

Last updated onAug 19, 2020

The construction track of NRTA trains NYCHA residents in the construction field and helps graduates find a job.

This program prepares NYCHA residents for skilled trades and work with construction contractors. Trainees get skills and certifications to work in trades such as carpentry, painting, plumbing, and electrical work. After you graduate, the program helps you find a job.

Who it's for

To qualify for training, you must:

  • Be a NYCHA resident, on the lease
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have valid working documentation
  • Be able to work for 8 hours on your feet
  • Be able to pass a drug test
  • Be able to pass the TABE test at a 7.0 reading/math level
  • Have a High School Diploma, or GED


The program runs Monday through Friday, 8am–4pm, with classroom and hands-on lab instruction. It lasts for eight weeks.

Next Steps

The program is not recruiting right now, but you can sign up online for an upcoming session on the test to assess your reading and math level.

NRTA has a competitive, multi-step application process. It selects participants based on qualifications and proven interest. Learn more about the process for applying and selection.