Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I help The Campaign?
How do I get training in historic trades?

There are a variety of course offerings in historic trades training, depending on where you are in your career journey. We recommend people start with Interest Engagement opportunities; those interested in pursuing a career then enroll in Classes and Workshops, in tandem or followed with praticums ad interships; and mid-career and professional people can puruse Continuing Education classes. Read more on Training and Education and find providers.

The Campaign continues progress on its apprenticeship initiative. Find the latest information on Apprenticeships.

How can The Campaign help my program?

The Campaign is compiling and developing resources to help program administers. You can find these resources outlined on Start or Grow a Program

What is the Traditional Trades Advancement Program?

The Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) is an initiative of the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center. TTAP provides hands-on, historic preservation trade skills training during intensive learning-while-working experiences in National Parks across the country. The program helps prepare young people and veterans for traditional trades careers with public land agencies. Find out more at the HPTC TTAP website.

Am I eligible to apply for TTAP?

TTAP is made possible through partnership agreements under the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. This agreement is to engage youth and veterans in public land stewardship roles. As a result, the program is only open to youth aged 18 – 30 and veterans aged 18 – 35.

Is there a cost to applying for TTAP?

Nope! There are no application fees, and participants are compensated for their time in the program.

How do I apply for TTAP?

Apply here! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and multiple cohorts are in the field at any given time. Those interested in a career in the trades are encouraged to apply. No previous experience is needed and the program welcomes applicants from diverse experiences.

Can I apply to TTAP if I have a criminal background?

Participation in the program is contingent upon passing a background check. Criminal history does not automatically disqualify someone from applying and selection for TTAP. The only automatic disqualifiers are a murder charge, a murder conviction, or registration on the National Sex Offender Registry. Driving history is considered for specific TTAP positions requiring the use of government vehicles.

Are there national standards in preservation trades?

Not officially. Most programs conglomerate their information and training outlines from similar resources, but until now, there has not been a national organization dedicated to establishing national standards. The Campaign will work with stakeholders to establish these standards publicly.

Why aren't there more programs in historic trades?

There are a host of reasons why. You can read about Our History to learn of national movements toward this.

I am an experienced tradesperson, how can I educate others about my trade?

We are developing our roster of instructors and Subject Matter Experts to assist in education and training. Join our monthly drop-in call, Talking Trades. It is the third Friday of every month at 1 pm EST. It’s a space for people involved in training and education to get together, discuss their work, and ask questions.

Consider joining the Preservation Trades Network! It’s an international member organization with a regular conference, the International Preservation Trades Workshop. If you want to demonstrate your trade, IPTW is a great place.

When is the next Historic Trades Summit?

Our next Summit is planned for early 2025! We’ll be working through early 2024 to secure the date and location and attend to announce that by mid-2024. Sign up for our newsletter for updates about upcoming events!

Are there resources for a LGBTQ+ person interested in preservation trades?

Check out our blog post about LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the Trades! You can also visit our Opportunities page and use the tag “LGBTQ” to search for events.

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