What You Need Before You Start

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What You Need Before You Start

Before you start your first day of work in construction, you may need to purchase items to help you do your job safely. Also, holding certain trade related certificates or certifications can show the company that you mean business!

The list below should give you a head start to start work in the construction industry. But always remember to check with the employer for the exact items you need for the job you will perform.

1. Personal Protective Equipment

* These items depend on the type of construction work you will perform.

Clothing for Women in the Trades

Hey, ladies, some of you may find it challenging to find work clothes that fit you properly. Here are a few websites to help you decide what to wear for the worksite.

2. Certificates/Certification

Note: Some certificates require re-certification on an annual basis.

Required Recommended
Manitoba Class 5 Drivers License
Clean Driver's Abstract First Aid/CPR Training WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous
Materials Information System)

Manitoba CLass 3 or Class 1 Driver's License
Clean Driver's Abstract
Training with MHCA* (full or half day)


Roadbuilders Safety Training System
Flagperson Training with Practicum
Confined Space
Environment Awareness
Excavation and Trenching/Ground Disturbance
Fall Protection
Lock Out
TDG (Transportation of Dangerous Goods)
Working Alone

*Manitoba Heavy Construction Association