First Foundations Program

The foundations supporting structures in most Indigenous Communities aren't performing. Shifted houses, doors that don't close, cracks in walls, mold infestation - all because poor foundations are being used.

As a contractor, you know that a healthy home starts with a stable foundation. What you might not know is that you can become a certified screw pile installer. You can begin installing a foundation solution that, in many Indigenous communities, makes a lot more sense.

Becoming a certified installer can provide you with a reliable income stream. Industry is moving north, and the mining, gas, and logging companies need foundations. Indigenous communities are in desperate need for more and improved housing and infrastructure.

There is no choice - Indigenous communities will have ongoing building projects. VersaPile foundations can be stored outside, don't corrode in harsh weather, and are lighter than bags of concrete. Plus, they can be installed with the equipment you or your community likely already own.

Joining the First Foundations program gives your community a better building foundation, and it gives you more opportunities to make money.

How First Foundations creates income?

Indigenous Communities have lived on the land for generations. That means that, as First Nations, you have influence in your traditional territory.

Companies must consult with, and involve you, in a meaningful way if they want to operate in your territory.

When you become a certified foundation installer, you can work with these companies to be hired as their foundation contractors.

Here are some of the places and industries you could install foundations for:

Mining camps

Industrial buildings

Temporary housing

Gaming centers

Commercial structures


Natural gas companies

Recreational facilities

Forestry companies

Government facilities

We're here to support you

What you get from the First Foundations Program?


First Foundations starts with assessing what skills you already have.

We customize the training course to suit your needs and skill level, all that's required is some experience in construction or contracting.

If all you need is basic training, our trainers will focus the course on that.

If you require a little hands-on help or on-site supervision, our friendly trainers will arrange it - so you can become confident, expert foundation contractors.

Hands-on experience

Learning how to become an expert foundation installer doesn't just happen in a classroom.

With First Foundations, you'll get hands-on experience installing foundations right in your community. Not only will you be able to install foundations at a fraction of the cost, but you'll have the pride of knowing that you're deciding how things are done in your community.

During the entire process, our foundation experts will be on-hand to answer questions and guide you. At the end, you can become a reliable foundation contractor for the area.

Training for everyone

Levels of a First Foundations installer


A beginner has little experience in construction and/or equipment operation. For beginners, installs are usually done by a VersaPile crew. You'll work with the install crew, and learn how a VersaPile foundation is properly installed. You get hands-on training installing reliable foundations and gain experience.


You have a fundamental understanding of construction, with basic experience operating equipment. In this stage, most often VersaPile will send a single foundation expert to your community. They will help you install a VersaPile foundation with your skills and equipment, and gain confidence in your work.


An expert is a Certified Installer, with experience installing VersaPile foundations in their community. At this level, all you'll need is occasional support over email or phone from VersaPile. As an expert, you can take your skills and offer foundation contracting to neighboring communities and businesses.

Interested in learning more?

Contact us to learn more about First Foundations.