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Construction Trades Academy Pre-Apprenticeship Program (C-TAPP)

certificate Info at a Glance
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 1 quarter long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.

Degree updated as of March 2018, as per the 2017-18 Catalog Addendum.

This apprenticeship readiness program prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the construction industry. This one-quarter program covers safety, hand and power tool use, math, carpentry trades, print and plan reading, and employment preparation. Students entering the one-quarter Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Trades program will be required to complete entry and quarterly assessments while enrolled in the program. These assessments will not determine eligibility for the program.

Physical Requirements: Should be able to lift 40 pounds.

Program Length: This program is approximately one quarter long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Note: CONST 102-139 are articulated courses with high schools for dual enrollment.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
CONST 102Safety & Operating Certificates3
CONST 104Trades Math & Print Reading for Construction5
CONST 106Basic Carpentry Skills6
CONST 109Employment Preparation4
 Technical Credits18

Safety & Operating Certificates

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Presents the basic elements of safe practices related to construction job sites, emphasizing accident prevention and correct response in the event of injury and other medical emergencies on the job, as well as personal protective equipment that is standard in the industry. Participants receive instruction in administering First Aid, CPR and AED (defibrillator use), as well as how to protect themselves against Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP). Provides Forklift Operator Certification with classroom and hands-on training in safe forklift operation; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting certification (Lead RRP—required by EPA to engage in remodeling certain types of older structures), OSHA 10 Construction Safety card, and American Heart Association First Aid and CPR certification card.

Physical capability to do the work required.

Trades Math & Print Reading for Construction

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Provides a basic foundation of math skills directly related to performing functions required in the construction trades, along with essential knowledge required to accurately read and interpret blueprints, plans, and schematics. Math skills and the ability to correctly interpret plans/prints are critically important to the construction process to ensure jobs are completed professionally and on time. This foundational training includes, but is not limited to, ability to measure and cut various materials correctly, understand and use the metric system of measurement, solve questions related to weight, volume, pressure, angles of fall, etc., and understand “scale” and its relationship to the finished product.


Basic Carpentry Skills

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Introduces basic tools of the trades with a focus on carpentry and provides hands-on experience in the proper techniques for safe use of various hand and power tools as well as their correct care, maintenance and storage. Participants will learn how to set up an efficient work station, how various parts of a structure are framed up, and the basic principles of electric power and how that relates to employing proper electrical connections when using power tools. Students will be drilled on essential hands-on skills needed to pass entry assessments for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters carpentry apprenticeship program.


Employment Preparation

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Explains the history of apprenticeship, its subsequent evolution into the present-day form, and how this translates into an effective method of on-the-job training resulting in journeyman credentials that are recognized industrywide throughout this country and in many other parts of the world. Provides an overview of government agencies, regulatory bodies and actual regulations that affect the construction industry. Participants are also given information related to job success, including but not limited to, ethical standards, attitude and behavioral expectations, teamwork and communication strategies, personal financial management, ergonomics, physical fitness and nutrition, and use of basic MS Office computer programs to conduct job search activities.

This page was last updated on January 14, 2019.