CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Building Trades I (8515/36 weeks, 140 hours)

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.

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.


Applying Basic Construction Safety Standards (Core Safety): Electricity I

  1. Comply with federal, state, and local safety legal requirements.
  2. Earn the OSHA 10-hour card.
  3. Identify personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements.
  4. Maintain a safe working environment.
  5. Explain safe working practices around electrical hazards.
  6. Identify emergency first-aid procedures.
  7. Identify the types of fires and the methods used to extinguish them.
  8. Inspect course-specific hand and power tools to identify defects.
  9. Demonstrate lifting and carrying techniques.
  10. Demonstrate safe laddering techniques.
  11. Demonstrate safe scaffolding techniques.
  12. Report personal injury, violations of environmental regulations, and equipment safety violations to the appropriate authority.
  13. Pass the safety exam.

Understanding Local, State, and Federal Regulations

  1. Identify local, state, and federal regulations for a tradesman license.
  2. Identify local, state, and federal regulations for operating a business.

Applying Fundamental Construction Skills

  1. Identify common hand and power tools.
  2. Identify units of length, weight, volume, and temperature.
  3. Read a ruler.
  4. Demonstrate the use of instruments for measurement.
  5. Identify various pipe dimensions.
  6. Solve mathematical problems.
  7. Convert decimals to percents and percents to decimals.
  8. Convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.
  9. Identify the basic geometric formulas for shapes common in construction.
  10. Identify basic blueprint terms, components, and symbols.
  11. Identify classifications of drawings.


Using Masonry Skills

  1. Identify tools specific to masons.
  2. Spread mortar.
  3. Apply head joints.
  4. Strike joints.
  5. Identify types and sizes of brick.

Laying Concrete Masonry Units

  1. Apply block head joints.
  2. Identify types and sizes of block.

Identifying and Mixing Masonry Cements

  1. Mix masonry cements.
  2. Select masonry cement based on a specific job.


Using Basic Carpentry Skills

  1. Identify tools specific to carpenters.
  2. Check stock and/or assemblies for squareness.
  3. Determine whether surfaces are level or plumb.
  4. Handle and store materials.
  5. Identify materials.
  6. Maintain hand tools.
  7. Cut stock.

Framing a Floor

  1. Identify the sill plate.
  2. Identify the floor joists and crown.

Framing Walls

  1. Cut wall plates.
  2. Identify studs, headers, jacks, rough sills, and cripples.
  3. Identify the framing layout on wall plates.
  4. Identify corner and tee posts.
  5. Identify the parts of an exterior wall system.


Applying Basics of Electricity

  1. Describe basic electrical theory.
  2. Identify tools specific to electricians.
  3. Identify basic electrical wiring devices.
  4. Describe installation procedures for GFCI and AFCI devices.
  5. Identify a transformer.
  6. Wire basic residential switching operations.
  7. Wire duplex receptacles.
  8. Wire GFCI receptacles.

Selecting and Installing Conductors

  1. Identify types of conductors.
  2. Install conductors.
  3. Make connections with lugs, connectors, and terminals.
  4. Select conductors for specific applications.
  5. Install nail plates to protect conductors.


Performing Plumbing Basics

  1. Identify tools specific to plumbers.
  2. Cut copper tubing.
  3. Cut plastic pipe.
  4. Construct copper tubing assembly, using solder joints.
  5. Calculate fitting allowance.
  6. Join plastic pipe (i.e., tubing) to fittings, using solvent.
  7. Join cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipe (i.e., tubing), using crimp fittings.