Foreman Certification                 $5,200 per building season                  Available May-Oct                                        

Estimated time:  2 building seasons from May to Oct each.  Or 9 months straight if available                                                                                                

Scholarships: If the participant qualifies for a scholarship then they will only need to pay $1200 per building season.  The remainder of the tuition will come from scholarships paid by clients who hire the Natural Living School to build them natural structures.  Because this is a large investment to the homeowner, the participant will need to be approved by the school, and the people hiring the school to manage the construction of the dwelling.  The participants will need to fill out a scholarship application and provide a letter to the sponsor explaining why they are worth the scholarship.  This program is highly competitive, and the Natural Living School can only accept participants into the Foreman program if there are people willing to pay for the participant’s scholarship.  If there is no scholarships available, the applicant has the choice to pay for the tuition in full prior to the start of the program, or try to raise the funds other ways, such as crowd funding.  The participant will need to raise the funds prior to the start of their program.

Prerequisites:  Participants applying for the Foreman Certification must of completed our Journeyman program, or a similar natural building journeyman program.  The applicant will need to pass a comprehensive test and provide references if the journeyman program was completed somewhere else.  If the applicant completed a similar program somewhere else they will need to have received similar experience in the skill set mentioned in our journeyman program.  If they have not completed these skill sets, or fail the comprehensive test, they will be required to complete our journeyman program.  This may be done in a shorter time frame, depending on the applicant, and their skill level.  The minimum will be 6 months.  

Description:  Once accepted into the Foreman Certification program the participant will spend the first 6 month as a Journeyman, continuing to work directly under the General Contractor.  The participant will continue to develop the skills needed to master the craft of building a cottage to completion.  They will continue to work with the foundation crew, the carpenters, the plumber, the electrician, the plaster crew, the roofers, and the Master Natural Builders.  After the 6 months as a Journeyman is complete, the participant will spend the next 6 months as a Foreman in training. The participant will be given more responsibilities and expected to perform all tasks quickly, professionally, and accurately.   The participants in this certification will need to master finishes, including trim, cabinets, window installation, finish plumbing, and finish electrical.  They will need to begin mastering the art of plastering and natural finishes.  They will continue to draw 3D and 2D plans.  They will learn what it takes to pass plans through a building department when building a home to code.  At the completion of this certification there will be a written test, an oral exam, a presentation, and the participant must have completed one project from beginning to end. 



Participants for the Foreman Certification can choose to live on or off campus.  If the participant is staying at the school, they will be sharing meals with the other participants, and share in the duties of cooking and cleaning.  

If the participant for the Foremen Certification is choosing to stay at the school, they will need to agree and follow all the term and conditions outlined below.  If the participant is choosing to live off campus then they will need to agree to the terms and conditions outlined below, during work days, including evening classes and during weekend projects.  If participants chooses to live off campus, the tuition will be $2400, and they will need to bring their own lunch. 

clare and Pioni cob class room

Starting the first layer of the cob stem wall

Other Prerequisites: 18 years of age, in good health, with health insurance. Have the funds to pay for the full Journeyman Certification, plus have extra spending money.  Be able to pass a drug test.  Be willing to refrain from drug use and drink alcohol while in the program, including after work and on weekends.

Disposition: The participants interested in joining the school should be people who are spiritual, love yoga and meditation, have high energy, love to work hard, be able to stay upbeat, happy, and energetic during long work days.  They should be organized and willing to go the extra mile with a smile.  Students should be able to get up early and work late.  They need to be the kind of person who can follow instruction and are willing to think outside the box.   Ideal applicants are early to work, return back to work on time after breaks, do not mind staying late to get the job done, and are willing to start early to prepare for the day.  The student should be the kind of person who doesn’t need drugs or alcohol to relax.  A person who is flexible with scheduling and able to adapt in a moment’s notice, happily.  Able to let things roll off their back if plans change.  Overall, a happy, healthy, person with a good attitude, that is a team player. 

Do Not Apply: In our past, we have experienced all kinds of people and situations, most of them very positive, but a few not so positive.  We decided to put together a list of the not so positive attributes that really changed the energy of the group, and affected all of us.  By no means is this list to scare you away from the program.  We know there is a little of these attributes in all of us.  Really, we just want to attract people with the positive disposition mentioned above.  So please do not apply if you are not a morning person.  If “low energy,” is part of your life.  If you have any health issues or injuries, that would keep you from doing hard manual labor.  If you don’t consider yourself a positive, energetic, happy person, don’t apply.  If you smoke pot, or need to drink alcohol to relax after work or during the weekends, do not apply.   Do not come to our program to quit a substance, or to change your habits.  If you are having a life changing crisis, or going through a difficult time in life, do not apply.  Do not come to our program if you don’t like to be told what to do, or have trouble following orders.  If you are not a team player, if you are not organized, if you are late consistently, if self worth is an issue, if you do not have funds saved up to pay the $1,200 for the program plus savings for spending money, do not apply.  If changing plans drives you crazy, if you have a hard time being spontaneous, if you need things to go your way, and you get frustrated if it doesn’t, do not apply.

Round Wood Timber Framing Class

Round Wood Timber Framing Class

Terms of agreement:

Sample of daily and weekly check list:   The Daily Check List will be completed by the general contractor at the end of every work day.  Then it will be reviewed by the Director of the School every week.  The director will fill out the Weekly check list for every participant based on feedback from the staff and teacher.   If the participant receives 3 negative overall reviews in one week, it will count as a failed week.  If there are three failed weeks, then the participant fails the terms of agreement, and will be asked to leave the program.  


Daily Review Checklist 

Date: _______________________ Name:___________________________________

1.  On time to work: Y      N  Hours worked: ____________________________

2.  On time back from break:  Y   N

3.  Worked with good attitude : Y N

4.  Distracted: Y   N

Why:_____Phone_____Talking with others without working

_____Too much time DJ-ing radio_____Other:________________________

5.  Stayed on task, and finished set goal for the day:YN

6.  Task completed: ______________________________________________________________


Overall Review:    _________Positive _________Negative

(Any “No” on #1 – #3 = Negative review, a “Yes” on #4 = Negative review):  Three Overall Negative reviews in one week = Failed Week.  Three failed weeks = expulsion from the program  


Weekly Review Checklist 


Name_____________________________       Week________________________


1.  Is the participant going to at least 2 yoga/med classes per week. Y N

2.  Does the participant have a good attitude and high energy Y N

3.  Is the participant organized and willing to work hard Y N

4.  Has the participant been able to follow the no drugs/alcohol policy Y N

5.  Is the participant communicating if they are not showing up to work Y N

6.  Has the participant gone to all classes. Y N

7.  Did the participant receive 3 or more positive reviews for the week Y N

     (No on #7 is automatic fail for the week)

* Three “No” answers = one failed week.   Three failed weeks = expulsion

_______PASS _______FAIL

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