Building Trades I (17009-I)

Copyright: 2019

Virginia Assignment Code: 8515

Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11

Duration: 36 weeks

Hours: 140

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: None


Course Description:

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 Construction Industry 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. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.


The Virginia Administrative Code regulates the class size for this course. For additional information, see 8VAC20-120-150, "Maximum class size," or contact the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at


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.

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