CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Building Trades I (8515/36 weeks, 140 hours)

Course Description

Course Code:8515
Work-based Learning:Available
Duration:36 weeks, 140 hours
Suggested Grade Levels:10–11
Prerequisites:None

Building Trades I introduces students to skills in the four core areas of residential construction: masonry, carpentry, electricity, and plumbing. Students emphasize safety by earning the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 card as they build or repair residential structures, using a variety of materials and tools. Students will also learn current residential building codes associated with the trades.

Note: The Virginia Board for Contractors' Individual License and Certification Regulations addresses the requirements and standards of conduct for licenses issued to individuals, which includes tradesmen (i.e., electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning [HVAC], and gas fitting.) According to 18VAC 50-30-190 of the Virginia Board for Contractors' Individual License and Certification Regulations, a contractor (i.e., the licensed business) or tradesman (i.e., the licensed individual) cannot perform work outside the scope of their license.

As noted in Superintendent’s Memo #058-17 (2-28-2017), this Career and Technical Education (CTE) course must maintain a maximum pupil-to-teacher ratio of 20 students to one teacher, due to safety regulations. The 2016-2018 biennial budget waiver of the teacher-to-pupil ratio staffing requirement does not apply.

Career Clusters and Pathways

For federal reporting (choose one)

  • Architecture and Construction
    • Construction
    • Design/Pre-Construction

Available Credentials

Concentration Sequences

A combination of the course above and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses appropriate to their career pathways.

Check the course description for any course listed below, because some may have a prerequisite.