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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 effectively and clearly.
  • Basic Employability Skills (7.5 hrs). Provides guidance related to finding and securing a position in the construction trades.
  • Introduction to Material Handling (5 hrs). Covers safety guidelines for workers handling materials on the job site.
  • Hands-On Experiences (20 hrs). Provides hands-on experiences in each of the trades areas so that students can gain a working knowledge of the construction industry.


Given the emphasis on providing a broad introduction to the Career Cluster in this course, one module from the Carpentry Level One curriculum will be provided (listed below).  Additional modules and/or academic remediation (including communication and employability skills) may be provided given an estimated additional 35 hours of instructional time in the first credit/course.


Orientation to the Trade. Reviews the history of the trade, describes the apprentice program, identifies career opportunities for carpentry and construction workers, and list the responsibilities and characteristics for success.

Schools may explore the use of SkillsUSA  Professional Development Program (PDP) resources to enhance career development and workplace readiness knowledge and skills.



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

  • Orientation to the Trade (5 hrs). Reviews the history of the carpentry trade, describes the apprentice program, identifies career opportunities for carpenters, explores the SkillsUSA program, and lists the responsibilities and characteristics a carpenter should possess.
  • Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives (7.5 hrs).  Provides an overview of the building materials used by carpenters, including lumber, engineered wood products, concrete, and steel framing materials. The module also describes the various fasteners, anchors, and adhesives used in construction.
  • Hand and Power Tools (7.5 hrs).  Detailed descriptions and explanation of the use of hand-operated and power tools used by carpenters.  Emphasis is on safe and proper operation of tools as well as care and Trades.
  • Introduction to Construction Drawings, Specifications, and Layout (20 hrs).  Describes the information contained in construction drawings, including foundation, floor, and other plan view drawings, as well as how to read them.
  • Wall Systems (20 hrs).  Describes the procedures for laying out and framing walls, including roughing-in door and window openings, constructing corners and partition Ts, bracing walls, and applying sheathing.
  • Introduction to Building Envelope Systems (12.5 hrs).  Introduces the building envelope system and its components. The module describes the various types of windows, skylights, and exterior doors and provides instructions for installing them.
  • Practical Applications (62.5 hrs). Instructor-led hands-on applications of skills.

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

  • Floor Systems (27.5 hrs).  Covers framing basic as well as the procedures for laying out and constructing a wood floor using common lumber as well as engineered building materials.
  • Ceiling Joist and Roof Framing (40 hrs).  Provides an overview of ceiling and roof framing, including the components of ceiling and roof framing, the different types of roofs used in residential construction, and the use of trusses in basic roof framing.
  • Basic Stair Layout (12.5 hrs).  Introduces the various types of stairs and the common building code requirements related to stairs.
  • Practical Applications (55 hrs). Instructor-led hands-on applications of skills.


Individual programs may place additional emphasis on the requirements of Carpentry Level II. Additional modules from Carpentry II will provide preparation for either NCCT Exams/Certification and may include Commercial Drawings, Cold-Formed Steel Framing, Exterior Finishing, Thermal and Moisture Protection, Doors and Door Hardware, Drywall Installation, Drywall Finishing, Suspended Ceilings, Window/Door/Floor/Ceiling Trim, or Cabinet Installation.


End-of-Course Assessment

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

  Teacher-designed end-of-course assessment

  School system-designed end-of-course assessment

  Vendor-developed exam:   (specify)      

  Licensing exam:  (specify)      

X  Certification or credentialing exam: (specify) see below

  Nationally recognized examination: (specify)      


Students must pass the NCCT Carpentry through the NCCER’s National Registry.  Upon completion of the Craft Level curriculum and assessments, students meet classroom instruction requirements of the related apprenticeship program(s).


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 construction program is focused on safe practical tool usage, and providing students with the skill sets they need to be successful. This program offers hands on experience in the fields of masonry, and
carpentry construction. In the construction program, students will have the opportunity to earn OSHA 10, and NCCER certifications.