Apprenticeship Program


Apprenticeship Program


Beginner/Intermediate |   8:30am - 6:00pm February & September |   Hesperia, California

Cal-Earth also offers two long-term apprenticeship programs each year (approx. 3 months). The long-term apprenticeship program at Cal-Earth is an immersion opportunity and includes in-depth building experience as well as teaching and research experience.  This program is ideal for students who are able to put in the time and effort to fully immerse themselves in SuperAdobe building. Many long term apprentices go on to teach sustainable/green building or lead private projects worldwide. Apprentices stay on-site for the duration of the program and provide support during workshops, Open Houses, children's programs, and other events in addition to the daily curriculum. 

Topics include but are not limited to: 

Mastery of Superadobe
Understanding blueprints, learning to draw and design
Foundations, waterproofing, and leveling techniques
Soils and materials, Plastering techniques
Basic masonry techniques and uses
Passive design approaches
Compass design, use, and assembly
Site Layout techniques, use of chains and lasers
Form construction and considerations
Windows and doors, "eyebrows", eves, drip-lines, and lintels
Learn how to teach a workshop
Creating a master plan based on universal principles
Building without forms, cutting bags for openings
Safe and appropriate building techniques for the upper 1/3 of the dome
Dry-wells and other drainage strategies
Floors, mesh, and expansion-joints
Work-site safety considerations, Budget and financial issues

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