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Member Benefits

Supporting Business Development

ABC-NJ members are a tight-knit group of like-minded individuals who commonly refer business to one another. Grow your personal network and develop business opportunities with ABC-NJ. Find new clients and learn about emerging trends at ABC-NJ networking events throughout the year with our suite of available tools and resources.

Ongoing Political Support

ABC-NJ is committed to delivering high quality, safe construction projects that are awarded to the most qualified bidder based on merit, not political favoritism. From 2009-2016, ABC prevented mandated project labor agreements on 99 percent of federal contracts exceeding $25 million, ensuring nearly $65 billion on contracts were subject to fair competition.

Member Discounts

From business essentials like insurance and software to great deals on everyday purchases through the online ABC
Marketplace that features more than 20,000 participating merchants, a typical contractor with 15 employees could save
thousands of dollars each year by taking advantage of ABC member discounts. Employee discounts are also available. In 2021, ABC members saved $33.7 million through member and member-employee discounts. For a complete list of discounts, click here.

Promoting Free Enterprise in The Construction Industry

Representing more than 21,000 members of the construction and trade industry across the United States, Associated Builders and Contractors is more than just an association. We work for our members to provide them with the etools they need to successfully implement the merit shop philosophy, and provide safe and ethical work.

Workplace Safety and Training

ABC-NJ provides access to safety and training resources and industry best practices developed and pioneered by world-class ABC members. We offer in-person and online training in safety and other key concepts through our construction CORE training and ongoing evaluation and recognition through our Safety, Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program.

Excellent Networking Opportunities

One of the many benefits of Associated Builders and Contractors membership is the ability to connect with and be visible to key industry players in the state and around the nation. Our members also get access to local ABC-NJ events such as awards ceremonies, seminars, webinars, leadership and certification courses held throughout the year.

Developing People

ABC-NJ offers apprenticeship and craft training programs, classroom instruction and on-the-job training to its members. These programs are recognized as the gold standard in the industry as well as certified by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship and meet all federal and New Jersey require.

Creating Competent Contractors And Craft Workers

The Associated Builders and Contractors, New Jersey Chapter has partnered with the National Center for Construction Education and Research to become the world leader in merit shop philosophy training and apprenticeship for the construction industry. With a nationwide shortage of skilled craft professionals, the NCCER has developed a construction-related curriculum to help fill the merging needs of the construction industry.

The most popular courses include:

  • Core Construction
  • Carpentry
  • Welding
  • Construction Math
  • HVAC
  • Sheet Metal

Businesses may qualify for state tax credits available for apprenticeship program sponsors. ABC-NJ can assist employers to recruit and screen apprentices. In addition, it can provide basic skills training and partner in pre-apprenticeship efforts through its CORE training program.

Building Better Futures

Apprenticeship programs help businesses thrive by building a highly-skilled, highly-productive workforce, and it helps job seekers access and maintain stable careers with good wages. The goal of the ABC-NJ is to develop skills, reduce turnover, and increase proficiency on the job. All Associated Builders and Contractors apprenticeship and craft training programs are registered with the United States Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.

Apprentices are paid for on-the-job training with the goal of meeting now only industry needs, but the advanced skill sets needed by their employers. ABC-NJ is proud to have a US-DOL approved Registered Apprenticeship Program for its members and industry firms in New Jersey administered by an Employee Retirement Income Security Act Trust,

Apprenticeship trades include: carpentry, construction craft labor, electrician, bricklaying, construction masonry, painting, plumbing, roofing and sheet metal work. All of these programs comply with all federal and state requirements for formal apprenticeship and prevailing wage work. These include employer-sponsored classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Upon successful completion, craft workers are recognized at the journey level in their trade and receive an apprenticeship certificate. 


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