Course Description:

The Foundations of Building and Construction course (ed. 2015) is the Core Curriculum of the Construction and Development Cluster. The NCCER Core Curriculum is taught within this course and is the basis for all construction skills. NCCER strongly recommends that students successfully complete the Core Curriculum before advancing to Level One of their chosen field. The course of study descriptions correlate to the modules of the NCCER national standards and related work-based learning opportunities. The following modules are designed to be completed in approximately 80 hours of instruction and allows for an estimated 20 hours of related “hand-on” applications/work-based learning opportunities to reinforce and extend the learning.


The course of study includes demonstration of student mastery of the following topics:


  • OSHA-10 Safety Training (10 hrs). Includes fall protection, electrocution, OSHA inspection procedures.
  • NCCER Basic Safety (12.5 hrs). Includes personal protective equipment, performance safety, and what to do if an accident occurs.
  • Introduction to Construction Math (10 hrs). From basic addition to multiplying fractions, this module prepares students to do the calculations they’ll be performing on the job site.
  • Introduction to Hand Tools (10 hrs). Covers basic tools and equipment used in the field. Also covers maintenance instructions and safety tips.
  • Introduction to Power Tools (10 hrs). Provides instructions for tools powered by electricity, batteries, and pressurized air, such as drills, saws, grinders and sanders, and other common construction equipment. Also covers maintenance instructions and safety tips.
  • Introduction to Construction Drawings (10 hrs). Introduces students to different types of plans and how they represent a finished building. Shows the parts of blueprint in detail, including symbols, title block, and gridlines.
  • Introduction to Basic Rigging (7.5 hrs). Covers the slings, hardware, hoists, and hitches used in rigging operations. Also highlights critical safety issues and accepted rigging techniques and practices.
  • Basic Communication Skills (7.5 hrs). Covers information and skills needed to communicate

Course Description: The course of study for HVAC Course 1 includes demonstration of student mastery of the following topics:

  • Introduction to HVAC (7.5 hrs).  A broad introduction to the world of the HVAC technician. The most basic operating principles of HVAC systems are presented along with a review of technician licensing and trade-governing regulations. The final portion of the module describes potential career paths for the well-trained HVAC technician.
  • Trade Mathematics (10 hrs).  Explains how to solve problems involving the measurement of lines, area, volume weights, angles, pressure, vacuum, and temperature.  Also scientific notation, powers, roots, and basic algebra and geometry.
  • Basic Electricity (12.5 hrs).  Teaches power generation and distribution, electrical components, DC circuits, and electrical safety.
  • Introduction to Heating (15 hrs).  Covers heating fundamentals, types and designs of furnaces and their components, and basic procedures for installing and servicing furnaces.
  • Basic Copper and Plastic Piping Practices (10 hrs).  Covers the selection, preparation, joining, and support of copper and plastic piping and fittings.
  • Soldering and Brazing (10 hrs).  Covers tools, materials, and safety precautions and depicts step-by-step procedures for soldering and brazing piping.
  • Practical Applications (70 hrs). Instructor-led hands-on applications of skills.

Course Description: The course of study for HVAC Course 2 includes demonstration of student mastery of the following topics:

  • Introduction to Cooling (30 hrs).  Covers the basic principles of heat transfer, refrigeration, and pressure-temperature relationships and describes the components and accessories used in air conditioning systems.
  • Air Distribution Systems (15 hrs). Introduces the fundamental concepts of air movement and explains how these concepts form the basis for air distribution system design. Includes air measurement devices and the mechanical equipment used to initiate and maintain air movement.
  • Basic Carbon Steel Piping Practices (10 hrs).  Provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to thread and install carbon steel piping systems. In addition, the concepts of assembling and installing grooved piping systems are also presented.
  • Basic Maintenance (20 hrs).  Introduces students to the common tasks associated with basic maintenance activities.  Specific tasks, such as lubrication and belt installation, are reviewed in detail.
  • Practical Applications (60 hrs). Instructor-led hands-on applications of skills.


Individual programs may include additional requirements of HVAC Level II to provide advanced preparation based on the specific recommendations of the local PAC. Possible modules are Alternating Current; Compressors; Refrigerants and Oils; Leak Detection, Evacuation, Recovery, and Charging; Metering Devices; Heat Pumps; Chimneys, Vents, and Flues; Sheet Metal Duct System; Fiberglass and Fabric Duct Systems; Commercial Airside Systems; Air Quality Equipment; or Introduction to Hydronic Systems.


End-of-Course Assessment

Check the assessment instruments that will be used to document student attainment of the program knowledge and skills.

  Teacher-designed end-of-program assessment

  School system-designed end-of-program assessment

  Vendor-developed exam:   (specify)      

  Licensing exam:  (specify)      

  Certification or credentialing exam: (specify)      

 Nationally recognized examination: (specify)___

cAPSTONE PROJECT (SCED 17980) (1 credit)

Completing an instructor-led capstone project, a culminating final subject-related project or series of subject-related projects exemplifying program-related skills. (135 hrs)


dual enrollment (SCED 17981) (1 credit)

Completing an approved program-related college course.


registered apprenticeship (SCED 17982) (1 credit)

Completing an approved program-related registered apprenticeship experience.


Work-Based Learning (SCED 17983) (1 credit)

Completing an approved work-based learning experience.

The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Program is a two year program. Students can enroll in the 10th, or 11th grade. The students will earn their Maryland
apprentice license, (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency Certification as well as their (NCCER) National Center for Construction Research Education, HVAC CORE and Level One Certification. Students will learn in a classroom, and have a hands on approach the technical side of the trade including how to size and design gas piping systems, refrigeration flow and basic cycle
operation and theory, system components,
troubleshooting and repairs and also work on electrical and plumbing projects. Students can also learn how to disassemble, assemble, and service oil burners. Upon passing grades and completion of testing, students could receive their Gastite certification, and also HVAC customer service certification. Throughout the ever changing market of HVAC there are classes offered at the contractor level and also college graduate courses.​ There is a high demand for HVAC Technicians.