CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Building Trades II (8516/36 weeks, 280 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)

  1. Comply with federal, state, and local safety legal requirements.
  2. Identify personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements.
  3. Maintain a safe working environment.
  4. Explain safe working practices around electrical hazards.
  5. Identify emergency first-aid procedures.
  6. Identify the types of fires and the methods used to extinguish them.
  7. Inspect course-specific hand and power tools to identify defects.
  8. Demonstrate lifting and carrying techniques.
  9. Demonstrate safe laddering techniques.
  10. Demonstrate safe scaffolding techniques.
  11. Report personal injury, violations of environmental regulations, and equipment safety violations to the appropriate authority.
  12. 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. Interpret scale.
  2. Determine materials based on a blueprint.
  3. Estimate labor and material cost.
  4. Identify reference materials that govern professional procedures (e.g., code books).


Performing Masonry Skills

  1. Estimate amounts of materials needed for a job.
  2. Establish elevation reference points from a benchmark.
  3. Establish footing grades.
  4. Locate corners.
  5. Level walls.
  6. Gauge a masonry wall with mason’s scales.
  7. Build a straight lead.
  8. Build corners.

Laying Brick

  1. Build a block corner.
  2. Compare types of masonry cements.


Framing a Floor

  1. Identify bridging and blocking.
  2. Identify properties of subfloor sheathing.

Framing Walls

  1. Lay out walls on the floor deck.
  2. Lay out wall framing detail on wall plates.
  3. Raise a wall.

Framing a Ceiling

  1. Lay out the ceiling framing detail on the top wall plate.
  2. Cut ceiling joists.
  3. Install ceiling joists.
  4. Install strongback (i.e., stiffener or catwalk).

Framing a Roof

  1. Lay out the roof framing detail on a cap plate.
  2. Reproduce common rafters from a pattern.
  3. Install the ridge board.
  4. Install common rafters.
  5. Frame a gable end.
  6. Install collar beams (i.e., rafter ties).
  7. Install roof sheathing.
  8. Install trusses.

Installing Roofing

  1. Install roof underlayment.
  2. Install roof coverings and shingles.
  3. Fasten stock with metal fasteners.
  4. Install a ridge cap.
  5. Install roof coverings in a valley.

Constructing and Installing Stairs

  1. Calculate the rise and run for stairs.
  2. Lay out straight-run stair stringer.
  3. Cut a stair component.
  4. Construct an unfinished stair unit.


Applying Basic Electrical Wiring

  1. Describe series and parallel circuits.
  2. Identify commonly used materials.
  3. Identify the functions, operation, and characteristics of grounding systems.
  4. Wire a series circuit.
  5. Troubleshoot circuits.

Navigating the NEC Book

  1. Explain the intent of the NEC (Article 90).
  2. Interpret the NEC requirements for electrical installation.

Identifying and Installing Panelboards and Switchboards

  1. Describe the purpose and location of overcurrent devices (OCDs).
  2. Select OCDs.
  3. Install OCDs.
  4. Identify the wire size and breaker size used for 220-volt appliance circuits.


Installing Waste and Soil Pipes

  1. Rough-in a drainage, waste, and vent (DWV) assembly of polyvinyl chloride (PVC)/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) for a variety of fixtures.
  2. Calculate and set waste and soil pipes to level and gradient.
  3. Install a water closet flange.
  4. Test the drainage system by performing a standing water test.

Roughing-in Water Distribution Components

  1. Install a water distribution system of hard-drawn copper, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), and PEX.
  2. Rough-in water supply for a variety of fixtures.
  3. Identify procedures for installing a building’s water service.
  4. Identify the types of main shut-off valves.
  5. Install a main shut-off valve.
  6. Perform an air- or water-pressure test.
  7. Identify the need for backflow prevention devices.
  8. Install nail plates for the protection of piping.

Installing Fixtures and Trim

  1. Install a lavatory (wall-hung and cabinet installation).
  2. Install a tank-type water closet.
  3. Install a kitchen sink.
  4. Install a garbage disposal.
  5. Install a dishwasher.
  6. Install a water heater.
  7. Install various fixture shut-off valves.