Trades Introduction Program (TIP)

Empowering Futures, Building Communities

About TIP

The North Bay Building Trades “Trades Introduction Program (TIP)” is your gateway to a rewarding and prosperous career in the construction trades. Our program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, hands-on experience, and industry connections needed to succeed in the dynamic world of construction.

Why Choose TIP?

  • Hands-On Learning

    TIP offers practical, real-world training that equips you with the skills employers demand.

  • Diverse Trades

    Explore a wide range of trades, from carpentry and electrical work to plumbing and HVAC.

  • Certifications

    Graduate with industry-recognized certifications that make you a competitive job candidate.

  • Paid Apprenticeships

    Many TIP graduates transition directly into paid apprenticeships, jumpstarting their careers.

About Our Program

A major goal of North Bay Trades Introduction Program (TIP) is to prepare you for a state-registered apprenticeship in a trade of your choosing. It is not a requirement to take the North Bay TIP before applying to an apprenticeship, but it can be a great help to explore apprenticeship and prepare for your long-term success. You do not need trade experience for this free program; more important, is the interest and willingness to show up and work hard.

We start with an orientation meeting to explain and answer questions. In this meeting, we ask those wanting to move forward in the program to fill out a written application and be scheduled for an interview. If you are unsure or just exploring the trades, orientation is a great place to start.

Once accepted, you will be notified and will begin the 128 hour course which includes classwork, several guest speakers, some homework, and 1-2 field trips. Those completing the program will get certificates valued by the many apprenticeships that we have connections with.

During and after the class we will help you explore and apply for the apprenticeship program you are interested in. While we cannot guarantee placement in apprenticeship, we will work with you to help you become an apprentice, as many have before you.

Program Details


TIP is a 128 hour program, offering both full-time and part-time options to accommodate your schedule.


TIP is open to individuals of all backgrounds and experience levels who are eager to launch a career in the building trades.


Our program is FREE to make it accessible to everyone.


Upon successful completion of TIP, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement and be well-prepared to enter the next phase of your apprenticeship journey.

Upcoming Cohort

  • Upcoming Program: Sonoma Cohort 27 – Spring 2024
  • Program Dates: April 29 – May 23, 2024
  • Location: Hanna Center | 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA
  • Program Details: This 128-hour course will be held in a concentrated, all-daytime format.
    • In person classes will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM.
  • Orientations Begin: Wednesday, April 10, 2024.
    • HOWEVER, MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER BY MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2024. (See below for full list of orientation availability)
  • Sonoma C-27 [ZOOM] 6:00 PM, Wednesday, April 10, 2024
  • Sonoma C-27 [IN-PERSON] 9:00 AM, Saturday, April 13, 2024 Addr: 17000 Arnold Dr., Sonoma
  • Sonoma C-27 [ZOOM] 6:00 PM, Monday, April 15, 2024
  • Sonoma C-27 [ZOOM] 6:00 PM, Wednesday, April 17, 2024
  • FUTURE, to be determined. Notify me later for a different, future class, when available.

What We Offer

  • Industry Connections
  • Industry Guest Speakers
  • First Aid / CPR Certification
  • OSHA 10 Certification
  • Financial Literacy
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Trades Exploration
  • Math For The Trades
  • Field Trips

Apply Today

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join North Bay Building Trades: Trades Introduction Program (TIP.) Take the first step toward a fulfilling career in the construction trades by applying today.