The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale has operated a state certified Step-Up Apprenticeship Program (Step-Up) since 1994. The objective of the program is to provide apprentices with the opportunity to create a portfolio of education, training, and employment skills to increase their potential for permanent employment and economic self-sufficiency. During the two-year state certified program, apprentices are trained in construction skills with a specialty in housing rehabilitation and building maintenance for occupations in the public and private sectors. All apprentices are required to obtain their GED while in the program and certified instructors teach morning and evening classes at the Housing Authority to help prepare the apprentices for the exam.


There are approximately twenty apprentices currently enrolled in the Step-Up initiative. Since 1994, the Step-Up program has successfully rehabilitated over 925 foreclosed, abandoned, and distressed properties. Step-Up is the sole manufacturer and installer of kitchen and bath cabinetry for 660 units of the NW Gardens development, as well as for Kennedy Homes, Sailboat Bend, Dixie Court, and Sunny Reach Acres.


Step-Up and the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale are training site for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Five of the Housing Authority’s supervisors have been trained as accredited NCCER craft instructors. The NCCER curriculum offered to the apprentices includes: core construction, green building, weatherization, carpentry, plumbing, painting, and drywall.


The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Step-Up program is a training site for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Apprenticeship in Building and Maintenance

  • Paid job training in maintenance, modernization, and weather protection.
  • 4000 hours of ‘on the job’ and 288 hours of classroom training.
  • This individual will work under the direction of multiple tradesmen
  • Anyone willing to take initiative and learn a trade in the fields of:
  • Carpentry
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Painting – Interior & Exterior
  • Irrigation and Landscaping
  • Electrical Training
  • At completion apprentice will receive:
    • State Certificate of Apprenticeship, Maintenance Repairer, Building
    • Atlantic Tech College Certificate in Building Construction Technology




  • Legal residents , age 18+ years old
  • GED Class (mandatory if you do not have a high school diploma or GED)
  • Ability to lift minimum of 50 pounds, bend, kneel, climb, balance, and carry.


Specific training is concentrated on maintenance and modernization of public housing, affordable housing and LIHTC housing. The initiative is to provide low income residents and citizens with a variety of opportunities to assist them to progress upward on the ladder of economic mobility.