my husband went to Apex Technical here in new york city. Then with that knowledge he went and joined the Local 40 Ironworkers here in NYC - I believe they made (dont quote me) 40.00 an hour? anyways once he fell and couldnt go back to climbing the open iron he then went and joined the local 79 international laborers union. Now with this union you will get all of your certifications if you are serious in Blue print reading, welding again, scaffolding, OSHA - 10 hour, confined space, concrete - all for free as long as you are in the apprenticeship. My husband has ALL of his certifications thus he is never out of work in this economy. They only send out the workers who have all of their certs and attend the rallys and such. the apprenticeship for Local 79 is open NOW.