Picture shows student in abatement simulation shot by Samantha Ogletree

blight noun. the process whereby a previously functioning part of the city falls into disrepair and decrepitude. See also urban decay.

the program

We provide customized vocational training in order to prepare Detroit residents find a new career path. Our goal is to help residents better themselves and their communities, by giving them the set of tools and knowledge needed to have productive and functional jobs. We strive to make this community better with growth. If you’re a business owner looking to train and certify your personnel or you want to have better job opportunities, we have the program that works for you and your needs.

Let’s bring out Detroit’s full potential. In order to improve our city, we need trained and certified professionals in urban blight removal. Our ultimate goal is to certify and license professionals in this industry.

Detroit Training Center offers students a way into the blight removal industry through this program. This is a dramatically growing industry, especially in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, and Pontiac because many houses are in need of lead and asbestos abatement for renovation and demolition. The courses selected for this program prepare the worker for the rigors of the job. Most of all, we provide them with the licensing, credentials, and soft skills needed to succeed in this particular workplace. As a result, we are able to help with job placement for our graduates. This program is VA-certified.


  • First Aid/CPR Certification

  • OSHA 30 Certification

  • Asbestos Abatement Contractor/Supervisor License

  • Lead Abatement Worker/Supervisor License

  • Bobcat/Skid Steer Operator Certification

  • Aerial Lift Operator Certification

  • Excavator Operator Certification

  • HAZWOPER 40 Certification

career opportunities

  • Asbestos Abatement Laborer/Supervisor

  • Lead Abatement Laborer/Supervisor

  • Demolition Laborer

  • Equipment/Machine Operator

  • Hazardous Materials Removal Worker

  • Asbestos Abatement Laborer/Supervisor


6 Weeks


8:00 am-4:00 pm

median wages

$18 Hourly

$37.930 Annually



blight removal