Growing the Industry

West Michigan Construction Institute

WMCI is the official training provider for the merit shop.

Since the beginning, ABC has been committed to growing the merit shop construction industry. Our efforts culminated in 2022 with the founding of the West Michigan Construction Institute (WMCI). We’re so grateful for the years of support, commitment, and dedication from our members who made this achievement possible.

A sign for West Michigan Construction Institute made of colored metal grating and construction hard hats

WMCI offers comprehensive National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) training utilizing a blend of hands-on learning and classroom instruction from industry experts. Each year, WMCI offers courses for professionals of all levels, from field leaders to high school students and everyone in between.

Learn more about WMCI and browse their course offerings at the link below.

ABC members receive a 20% discount on all WMI courses.

A group of attendees at an ABC West Michigan construction institute event

Who We Train

The West Michigan Construction Institute is designed to provide education for professionals, regardless of where they are in their journey.

  • Future Craft Professionals: Find hands-on, competency-based and craft trade education for students who are interested in launching a successful construction career.

  • Field Leaders: Advance your career in construction by enrolling in advanced certification and professional development courses.

  • High School Students: Junior and senior students receive a nationally recognized credential upon program completion.

We needed a place for people to identify with careers in construction, with ABC, with the merit shop philosophy, and ABC members, and that’s what this place is.

Ben Wickstrom, President of Erhardt Construction

Get Involved

Learn more about WMCI and opportunities to get involved by filling out the form below.

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