Training News

Increase Your Job Skills at the Flynn Center

Journal: Issue 1 - 2011

Hands-on JAHN training at the Flynn Center.

The Flynn Center offers BAC members and trainers numerous training opportunities throughout the year, including many safety-related train-the-trainer courses. The OSHA 500 course is designed for instructors that do not currently have an up-to-date OSHA 500 certification. The next OSHA 500 course is scheduled for August 8-12. OSHA has mandated that instructors taking this course first complete an OSHA 30-hour course, which will be offered August 1-5. For instructors who already have a current OSHA 500 certification that will be expiring this year, the OSHA 502 course is being offered May 2-5 and November 14-17.

Many states, owners and jobsites now require members to complete a 24-hour Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) course prior to being able to work on a project. The next MSHA Train-the-Trainer course is scheduled for August 22-26. Most of the costs of these programs are covered by grants from the Center to Protect Workers Rights, EPA, DOL and MSHA.

Pre-job brick students at the The John J. Flynn BAC/IMI International Training Center.

One of the most popular specialty courses for members is refractory familiarization. This course is conducted over two weeks and provides an in-depth orientation to refractory work. The course features multiple hands-on activities, including domes, arches, pipe lining and gunnite. Members enrolled in this course also have the opportunity to complete the MSHA, OSHA 10-hour, and scaffold-users courses. The next refractory familiarization sessions are scheduled for May 8-19 and October 23-November 3.

The Flynn Center has the capacity to customize restoration training to specific skills or jobsite materials, such as caulks, sealants, adhesives, tuck pointing, masonry repairs, flashing and moisture control, rigging, and scaffolds. IMI is also one of the few trainers in the U.S. certified by the manufacturer of JAHN, a historical restoration material used on brick, stone, marble and terra cotta.
To enroll in a course at The Flynn Center, contact either Ed Bellucci (301-291-2120; or your local JATC training coordinator. After confirming that you are a member in good standing with either your training coordinator or Local/ADC officer, Ed will contact you regarding scheduling and transportation. In order to minimize air travel costs, we request that you contact us at least 4-6 weeks prior to the start date of the class you wish to attend. Transportation, lodging and meals are provided free of charge to BAC members. The typical length of stay is anywhere from one week for train-the-trainer and specialty training courses to up to eight weeks for pre-job training. Pre-job, cross-craft and craft upgrade training courses are held on an ongoing basis from January through November.

For a complete listing of upcoming courses go to and click on the Flynn Center Training Schedule. The schedule is updated periodically as new classes are added based on demand. Class size is limited, so call early to register.

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