Safety Training Online

Accomplish your Safety Training Requirement


Focus Four Course:  The 8-hour Focus Four Safety course has been developed online for any member of the Carpenters’ District Council of Greater Saint Louis and Vicinity.  The site is available to those members who have technological knowledge to self-enroll at the site and also self-enroll themselves in the Focus Four course; several pages are available to direct the member through the process of self-enrollment.

Several of the pages have talking avatars…these avatars will not play on an IPAD.

Visit the site and watch the Explanatory Video that is available for more information.

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Posted by on August 21, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized


Mechanical Training

The Southeast Missouri Carpenters are part of the Southeast Missouri Regional Industrial Training Group which consists of local industries who have joined together to provide industrial skills training.  The core of the curriculum is in Industrial Maintenance and many facets that a Millwright encounters are covered in great detail.  Listed below is the entire list of classes and when the classes will be offered.  Enrollment is limited only to those that are interested in the entire curriculum.

Fall 2012                                                       Spring 2013

Math & Calculations                                            Precision Measuring
Blueprints                                                           Lubrication – Bearings, Reducers, Gear Drives
Bearings – Shaft Failure Analysis

Fall 2013                                                       Spring 2014

Belts, Chains – Troubleshooting                          Pumps, Cams, Ball Screws
Gears, Reducers, Clutches & Brakes                  Fluid Power – Laws, Schematics
Shaft Alignment w/ Indicators & Laser                 Fluid Power – Motors, Valves & Pumps

Fall 2014                                                       Spring 2015

Pneumatics                                                       Welding
Safety – Lock Out/Tag Out, etc.

The classes are offered at night at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center and all costs are paid by the Apprenticeship Program of the Southeast Missouri Carpenters; as long as the class is completed and a passing grade is achieved.  The first class is Math & Calculations and starts in mid August on a weeknight, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm for twelve weeks.

If you are interested in this Mechanical Training and want to be enrolled in this curriculum please notify us by calling 573-335-1936 or outside Cape area call 1-800-300-1886 and leave a voice mail message, if after hours.

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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Apprentice, Journey Worker


Trade Tips Archive

The Trade Tips Series in each issue of the Carpenters’ Cutting Edge monthly magazine is very intriguing and contains some very useful Trade Tips.  This series was started and is maintained by Alex Gromada, Coordinator and Kenny Roche, Lead Instructor with the Southern Illinois Carpenters Training Center (SICTC).

As Kenny has recently written in the June, 2012 issue:

“…the Trade Tip is something I hope we can all share as a Membership; as a way of communication of all Members back and forth.  I always remember the old saying; “None of us are as smart as all of us”.”

In addition, from the very first issue back in October, 2010 Kenny wrote:

“It is through continuous learning and skill development that we will prosper and maintain our productive edge in the workplace.”

I have taken the opportunity to create an online archive of the Trades Tips from each issue of the Cutting Edge since its origination in October of 2010.  I hope that you find these monthly Trade Tips to be a valuable resource.

The below listed link is an archive of each issue from October of 2010 through June of 2012:


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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Apprentice, Journey Worker


Online Technical Training:

The Carpenters Training Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri is now offering Online Computer Training for all members of the Carpenters’ District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity. 

In the Southeast Missouri area, each of the five courses will satisfy the annual 8-hours of Technical training requirement as long as the obligations listed below are satisfied.  In addition, these courses are preparatory courses for the IC3 GS3 certification in digital literacy.  As the coursework for each section is completed the member can set for the IC3 GS3 exam for that particular area.  Upon successful completion of all three exams the member will receive 8-hours of Technical training for this certification.

For more detailed information please see the information below:



ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS Who Work for SEMO Contractors:

SEMO implements Mandatory Annual Technical Training –

The Southeast Missouri Commercial and Industrial Contract that covers Carpentry, Millwright and Interior Systems phases of work in Southeast Missouri implemented an annual Technical Training provision, in addition to the Carpenters’ District Council’s Safety Training Program.  This new contract went into effect on May 1, 2011 and runs through April 30, 2016.

If a member works a minimum of 700 hours under the SEMO Commercial and Industrial Contract s/he is required to obtain a minimum 8 hours of Safety Training and a minimum 8 hours of Technical Training each Stamp Plan Year: May 1 through April 30.  The successful completion of the first approved course of Technical Training is due by April 30, 2012.  Please note that the annual Technical Training course requirement is tied to the member’s yearly wage increase.  If a member does not have the required Technical Training course requirement completed prior to the deadline mentioned above, s/he will not get the May 1 contractual wage increase. In addition, s/he will be making less money per hour than the previous year. Why? This is due to the fact that whatever fringe benefits increase that go into effect May 1 will be deducted from the member’s wages that s/he made last year.


  • 5/1/11 – 4/30/12 Wage = $22.12
  • 5/1/12 – 4/30/13 Increase = $1.10
  • The following fringe increase for the 5/1/12 plan year is strictly an example for this illustration and should not be construed to reflect the actual fringe increase that will take place on 5/1/12.
    • Possible fringe benefits increase with 2013 plan year = $.75
  • Member with an approved minimum 8 hours of safety training andrequired technical training course on May 1, 2012.
    • Beginning May 1, 2012 Wage Rate = $22.47
  • Member with an approved minimum 8 hours of safety training but does not havethe required technical training course on May 1, 2012.
    • Beginning May 1, 2012 Wage Rate = $21.37

This endeavor is founded on professionalism regarding continuing education for our members in Southeast Missouri.  Since we expect to be treated as professionals it is necessary that we act as professionals and be held accountable.  With this in mind, in order to be the “Worker of Choice”, we need to provide our industry with the most highly skilled workers who perform our jobs in a safe, productive and professional manner.

For additional information please refer to our Facebook page or our Blog at:   or

If you should have any questions regarding your Safety Training status or your Technical Training status, please contact Lisa Davis at (573) 335-1936 or 1-800-300-1886.  Please note that active CDC Members can access their training records via our Website at

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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Apprentice, Journey Worker


Training Classes

Please find listed below the Southeast Missouri (SEMO) Skill Advancement Training schedule from April through June of 2012.  Remember you have to accomplish a minimum of 16 hours of training by April 30, 2012 if you work under the jurisdiction of the Southeast Missouri Commercial and Industrial contract.  Interior Systems is also covered under this contract. 

You are required to accomplish a minimum of 8 hours of Safety training and a minimum of 8 hours of Technical training to receive the May 1, 2012 wage and fringe increase. 

COMPUTER CLASSES – ONLINE are also listed at the bottom of the schedule below.

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Apprentice, Journey Worker