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December 01, 2015
Action Center
National Apprenticeship Week

In honor of National Apprenticeship Week, the DCTC is hosting an Open House on Tuesday November 3 from 9:00 AM to 3: PM. Everyone is invited.
Download: National Apprenticeship Week.pdf
SpecMix 500 Regional

Steve Cleveland wins title of Chicago Area's Best Bricklayer!
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2015 International Apprentice Contest

Congratulations to all five of the ADC1 Apprentices who competed in the  2015 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest. The event  was held at the International Training Center in Bowie, MD on September 11 and 12, 2015.
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The District Council Training Center is currently accepting applications for our 2015 Bricklayer Pre-Apprentice Program. Documents needed with application are a valid Driver's License, a birth certificate, Social Security Card, $20.00 application fee which helps defray the cost of the aptitude test, and a High school Diploma or G.E.D. if you have it is recommended.
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.
Tuckpointers Apprentice Training Schedule

The The Tuckpointers Related Training Schedule resumes August 1, 2015. There are no PCC classes in July. Work clothes, boots, hardhats, safety glasses and respirators are necessary for training.
Download: PCC Train ing Schedule.pdf
Welding Classes

Welding Class Openings 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 limitet openings in our Fall Welding Classes. Classes begin imediately after Labor Day and run for 13 weeks.
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

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.
Fireplace Class

Fireplace Class
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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

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


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

BUY AMERICAN, Keep us working

While doing your shopping this year; whether it be that new car, clothing or toys for the kids. Keep in mind to look for Made in America products by American Companies. Below are a few websites that sell and promote American and Union made products. http://blog.aflcio.

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.

Masonry Rain Screen Wall Systems Craftworker Upgrade class June 20, 2015

Masonry rain screen walls provide beautiful, long lasting high performance wall systems and have grown to become some of the most popular building enclosure choices in today’s building design. To capture work in this growing market for BAC members and contractors, IMI is offering a Masonry Rain Screen Wall Systems Craftworker Upgrade Class here at the DCTC.
Download: SKMBT_C36415051808030.pdf
Estimating Rain Screen wall Systems Webinar for BAC Signatory Contractors, Estimators & Project Managers June 10, 2015

Estimating Rain Screen Wall Systems Webinar Presented by Richard Filloramo Area Director of Industry Development & Technical Services International Masonry Institute Rain screen wall systems, also called ventilated facades, have become popular building enclosures to fulfill contemporary architectural design parameters.
Download: SKMBT_C36415051807020.pdf
Apprenticeship Application Process

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

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

More photos can be viewed in the Photo Gallery



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