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December 21, 2014
Action Center
Tuckpointers Winter Related Training Schedule

Apprentice Training Schedule for Pointers Cleaners Caulkers
Download: SKMBT_C36414111810110.pdf , Journeyman Upgrade and Safety Schedule.pdf
Welding Classes

 Expand your employment opportunities by broadening  your skills and become a certified welder. The DCTC is offering welding training and certification to bricklayers and tuckpointers. There are limited openings in our Winter Welding Classes. Classes run for 13 weeks. Schedule is as follows: Group A - Monday and Wednesday from 5 pm to 9 pm beginning Jan.5  and ending Mar. 30
Download: Welding Application 9-2014.pdf
Related Training

  Under the close supervision of brick instructor Dave Naprstek, 3rd year apprentices Michael Gall, Jessica Orellana, and Javier Velasquez hone their skills on a brick veneer Fieldhouse during a recent related training class held on site at Walker Park in Crestwood.
Download: 2014-04-30 11.46.39.jpg , 2014-04-30 11.47.21.jpg , 2014-04-30 12.10.00.jpg , 2014-04-30 12.09.39.jpg
New Pre-apprentice Graduates

Congratulations to the new group of ADC#1 apprentices who recently completed their 10 week training program under the guidance of DCTC Instructor Dale Eldridge.
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Tile Setters

Become an ACT Certified Tile Installer The Advanced Certification for Tile Installers (ACT) is designed to test an installers knowledge in five specific areas. Large Format Tile, Membranes, Mud Floors, Mud Walls and Shower Receptors. The installer may choose to become certified in one or more these areas.
1st Place!

  Ray Wilk wins 1st Place!
Download: Group photo with HFK.jpg , Masonry Skills Challenge Second Year Winners.jpg
Apprentice Contest

 The DCTC hosted an Apprentice Contest on Saturday, November 9, 2013. First, second, and third year bricklayer apprentices showcased their skills in an event that will send the winner of each level to the annual Masonry Skills Challenge, which will be held on January 22, 2014 at the World of Concrete and Masonry Tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The following changes have been made to the Illinois Administrative District Council Safety Training Policy:

OSHA classes will expire 4 years after completion date

Refresher classes are now scheduled; these classes will consist of OSHA, Scaffold, Fall Protection and Silica Awareness refresher class all in one 8 hour day. The classes will cover both OSHA 10 and OSHA 30. If a member has a current scaffold card that is expiring soon this refresher will update all 4 classes. These cards are for all of the trowel trade represented by the ADC.

Members MUST have previously attended a minimum of OSHA 10 and Scaffold User

Grout Certification / Flashing Upgrade

Grout: The course covers various grouting consolidation techniques, code requirements, inspection procedures, quality control, safety and ASTM standards. Craftworkers get a solid understanding of grout, reinforced masonry and proper installation.

Flashing: Dicuss building code requirements, the responsibility of the installer, availability and advantages of the systems and materials, specific functions of flashings, weep vents, drainage planes, air spaces and masonry units as related to the wall performance.

Sign up today, seating is limited. 8 hour class

August 27, 2011

SpecMix 500

Congratulations to Local 21 bricklayers Steve Cleveland, who won 1st Place and Best Craftsman Award and to Grzegorz Goral who won 3rd Place
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Foreman Training

  DCTC is offering Foreman Training. This Program is designed to provide a comprehensive outreach program of higher instruction and education to current or potential supervisory personnel of mason contractor’s signatory to the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.
Adhered Veneer

This class covers the basics of adhered veneer (Cultured Stone) including installation of building paper, wire lathe, scratch coat and manufactured stone. Seating is limited. 8 hour class

March 19, 2011

Fireplace Class

Fireplace Class
Download: 20140814-IMG_0172.JPG , 20140814-IMG_0172.JPG
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Monthly Apprentice Reports

The monthly apprentice report is now available in the download section of our website in excel format. You can save the spreadsheet to your computer and email the form to Don Walker at

Apprenticeship Application Process

Download: Appendix D 2010.pdf , Master Application 2012.pdf

Work is slow, but now is the time for BAC members to update their Safety Training classes. Our Safety Training schedule is in the "Events Calendar" tab on our website. Please call our office to reserve a seat in the many classes scheduled in the upcoming months. NOTE: OSHA 30 Hour Saturday classes are now 4 consecutive Saturdays (New OSHA Regulations)


Membership Tool Sales

For the good of the membership, the District Council Training Center is now selling trade specific tools to our members at a low price. We have tools from Marshalltown, Kraft, Crick and Smith Level. We have just signed up with ProKnee to provide members a discount for new kneepads and the chance to rebuild your old kneepads at a discounted price.

What's New at DCTC
Tile Apprentices help disabled Vet

ADC 1's Tile Organizer Bill Breheny, Tile Instructor Jerry Salemi and Tile Layer and Finisher Apprentices assist in the remodel of a disabled veteran's  home in Oak Lawn. Story link below:

A letter from Salute Inc.:


Just a quick note to say THANK YOU again for the incredible job everyone is doing on the Zmysly home. It is all coming together and looks absolutely beautiful.  Aimee & Yuriy love it. Aimee can't believe it's her home because "it's all so gorgeous".

Thank you again for all of your care and generosity.

Joy Adams
Development Director
Salute, Inc.

BAC Craft Awards

February 2010

The 2008 BAC Craft Awards were presented in February 2010 at the BAC Winter Cluster meetings. Three of the winners are associated with the District Council Training Center.


Art Johnston won the John B. Scola Outstanding Instructor Award. Art has been an Instructor and a Mentor to Plaster apprentices for many years.

J & E Duff, Mason Contractors, Code of Conduct Award; Dick Lauber of J & E Duff is currently a Trustee on the District Council Training Center's board. Dick was instrumental in the creation of the DCTC Fund back in 1998.

Trostrud Mosaic and Tile Co., Inc. won the best Tile Project. Brad Trostrud is currently a Trustee on the District Council Training Center's board

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