Construction and Sustainability

This list is non-inclusive and programming may change, based on industry demand and individual career planning. Check for additional courses and those available by request by contacting Customer Service and Registration at 704.330.4223 and visit Construction and Sustainability or the O.P. and W.T. Crowder Construction Institute under Job and Career Enhancement at cpcc.edu/cce/job-and-career-enhancement.

For custom group training certifications, contact the Corporate Learning Center at 704.330.4660.

Topics and courses include the following:

Brick Masonry

Introduction to Bricklaying (MAS 7001)

Building Codes

Annual Update Training - CPCC offers annual update training to give code officials, general contractors and anyone working in the building industry the latest information. These approved courses meet the six hours required by N.C. Qualification Board Mandatory Continuing Education Credits for Code Officials:

  • N.C. Residential Building Code
  • N.C. Plumbing Code
  • N.C. Mechanical Code
  • N.C. Mechanical/Fuel Gas Code

This course offers construction supervisors and others currently working in the industry a comprehensive review of those sections of the N.C. Residential Building Code applicable in Mecklenburg County. The class includes a review of applicable state and local code interpretations and Mecklenburg County’s code inspection procedures. A county code enforcement official observes each class and conducts an inspection field trip where students observe an actual code inspection and have an opportunity to ask questions and to discuss concerns.

Building Contractor Licensing

Home Construction Methods and Details (CAR 7101)
Residential Blueprint Reading and Estimating (BPR 7002)

Exam Review

Commercial General Contractor Exam Review (CAR 7131)
Electrical Contractor Exam Review (ELX 7056)
Residential General Contractor Exam Review (CAR 7130)

Building Trade Skills

NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Core Curriculum
NCCER - Core (CIX 7017)

Carpentry

CPCC offers four levels of instruction in carpentry beginning with basic construction knowledge and advancing into more specialized skill areas and competencies. Each course leads to certification of competency for construction apprentices, current craft workers and others. Written and practical testing is required for area certification in each level.

Introduction to Carpentry (CIX 7000)
Carpentry II (CIX 7006)
Carpentry III (CIX 7007)
Carpentry IV (CIX 7008)

Electrical

Electrical Contractors Exam Review (ELX 7056)
This course reviews the National Electrical Code and Calculations for those who are preparing to take the examination to be licensed as an electrical contractor in North Carolina.

Electrical Wiring (CTP 9103)
Industrial Electrical Wiring I (ISE (7141)
Introduction to Electrical Control Wiring (ISE 7142)
Introduction to Electrical Utility Industry (EUS 110)
National Electrical Code (ELC 118)

Plumbing

Plumbing 1-2-3
Backflow Valve Testing
Backflow Prevention Assembly and Tester Re-certification
 

Code Qualification

Classes in Code Inspection

Law and Administration (COD 7100)
Building Level I Standard Inspection (COD 7101)
Building Level II Standard Inspection (COD 7102)
Building Level III Standard Inspection (COD 7103)
Electrical Level I Standard Inspection (COD 7104)
Electrical Level II Standard Inspection  (COD 7105)
Electrical Level III Standard Inspection (COD 7106)
Mechanical Level I Standard Inspection (COD 7107)
Mechanical Level II Standard Inspection (COD 7108)
Mechanical Level III Standard Inspection (COD 7109)
Plumbing Level I Standard Inspection (COD 7110)
Plumbing Level II Standard Inspection (COD 7111)
Plumbing Level III Standard Inspection (COD 7112)
Code Qualification Precepts (COD 7200)

Green Building and Remodeling

Green Building and Remodeling - NARI
For both homeowners and professional builders and remodelers, this course covers the basic principles, materials and methods used in Green Building construction. This course is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Green Remodeling course and qualifies for NARI Green Certified Professional certification continuing education.

See related courses under Center for Sustainability.

Home Improvement/DIY

CPCC offers short courses and project-related workshops to help participants improve their homes. As non-degree programs, these are designed for beginners. Typically held on one Saturday, these short classes are designed for homeowners who want to be more knowledgeable and then be able to test their skills on their own home improvements and projects. Take advantage of hands-on assistance, ask questions, get professional tips, learn about materials, tools and more.

Courses include:
Build an Adirondack Chair
Introduction to Furniture/Cabinet Making (CAB 8300)
Introduction to Hand and Power Tools (CIX 7023)
Introduction to Interior Trim Molding (TRM 8000)
Introduction to Tile Setting (TLE 8000)

Home Inspection Licensing

Professional Home Inspector Training (CIX 71013)
The House as a System (CIX 7014)
 

BPR 7002. Residential Blueprint Reading and Estimating. 0.0 Hours. Class-72.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the fundamentals of reading and interpreting residential blueprints and estimating the quantities of materials and labor required to construct a house.

CAB 8300. Introduction to Furniture/Cabinet Making. 0.0 Hours. Class-224.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Experience this entry-level, hands-on course in learning basic woodworking techniques. You'll learn about the properties and machining processes of wood that influence the design and construction of furniture, cabinetry and the artistic applications of wood. We'll also cover the practical use of hand tools, power tools and about design principles related to woodworking. Upon completion, students will apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge to produce a finished woodworking project.

Corequisites: Take CIX 7005 CIX 7000 or CIX 7020 with a minimum grade of S

CAR 7101. Home Construction Methods and Details. 0.0 Hours. Class-120.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

A course designed to assist the inexperienced builder to identify and evaluate information and procedures pertaining to home construction such as lot surveys, drainage, excavation and foundation construction, foundation wall, floor, wall and roof framing; appraising prefabricated walls and roof trusses, various types of duct work, heating and plumbing rough-in and electrical wiring; comparing and selecting exterior wall coverings, plumbing-lighting-electrical fixtures and devices and hardware; and evaluating the application of the construction materials and techniques.

CAR 7130. Residential Contractor's Exam Review. 0.0 Hours. Class-66.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is a review of the laws, codes and procedures covered by the General Contractor's License Examination for residential and light construction. This classification includes construction of all one and two-family dwellings covered by the N.C. Residential Code.

CAR 7131. Commercial Contractor's Exam Review. 0.0 Hours. Class-66.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is a review of the laws, codes and procedures covered by the General Contractor's License Examination for commercial construction. This classification includes the construction of all commercial, industrial, individual, multi-family and residential construction. The financial requirements for the Commercial/Building classification are the same for the Residential classification.

CIX 7000. Introduction to Carpentry. 0.0 Hours. Class-120.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course gives you all the basics for learning carpentry and to successfully enter into the craft training at the Crowder Construction Institute. It follows the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) training format and provides certificates of competency. Designed for beginning students, you'll learn about critical components in safety, use of hand and power tools and blueprint reading. Whether you want to get a job in construction, remodel existing projects or just be more confident in home projects, this course is for you. Learn more at www.nccer.org. Successful completion is required for further courses: CIX 7006 Carpentry II, TRM 8000 Trim Molding, CAB 8300 Furniture/Cabinet Making and TLE 8500 Tile.

CIX 7006. Carpentry II. 0.0 Hours. Class-120.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the student with a certificate of competency in basic floor, wall and ceiling framing. The topics covered will include platform floor; cantilevers; well openings; decking; snap-out; plating; detailing; wood studding; RO's; flat, vaulted and coffered ceilings; gable rafters and trusses. In addition the student will have additional hand/power tool instruction along with orientation to the trade and wood building fasteners and adhesives. The focus of the course will be the skills necessary to perform basic frame carpentry in a safe and effective manner.

Corequisites: Take CIX 7000 CIX 7020 CIX 7005 or CIX 7017 Minimum grade S

CIX 7008. Carpentry IV. 0.0 Hours. Class-120.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides a certification or compentency in the basic application and installation of residential interior trim work. Topics covered include safety practices such as plan details (floors, walls, and ceiling moldings) and door and window trim (pre-hung doors, interior locks and casework installation). Competency testing required for area certification and shall be both written and practical form. This course is recommended to potential employees by the construction industry for employment qualifications, as well as for the currently employed craft worker as certified qualifications for advancement in your career. The prerequisite for this class is successful completion of CIX 7005 and CIX 7006, or documented completion of Wol Core, Carpentry I and VBC Apprenticeship Step 2.

CIX 7023. Introduction to Hand and Power Tools. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This class is designed for students who would like to know the correct way to use hand and power tools. It will cover the basic tools such as table saw, circular saw, miter saw, jigsaw and power drill and driver. Reviews applications, proper use, safety and maintenance.

CIX 7014. The House as a System. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This class is designed to cover information that will allow the student to complete a basic evaluation of a house and understand how it works as a system. Subjects covered will include building science, methods of construction, insulation, heating and air conditioning, ventilation, electrical, plumbing, building codes, footings and foundations. This is designed for anyone involved in residential real estate, builders, and supervisors. It is the prerequisite course for anyone intending to take the Professional Home Inspection Course.

CIX 7013. Professional Home Inspectors Training. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides students with the thorough academic preparation for becoming knowledgeable and competent home inspectors. Topics include: licensing law, building science fundamentals, principals of house construction and applicable building code history, an in-depth and on-going review of the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, a thorough study of all the systems of a house that must be inspected - structure, roof, exterior, interior, heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, insulation and ventilation and appliances. Time will also be spent on developing report writing skills. The course is approved by the NC Home Inspector Licensure Board and meets their new standard for the classroom training required in preparation to sit for the licensing exam. It is also approved by the SC Residential Builders Commission as preparation for their exam.

CIX 7007. Carpentry III. 0.0 Hours. Class-120.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides construction apprentices; current craftworkers; and others with a certification of competency in several areas of advanced carpentry techniques. Completion of CIX 7006 Carpentry II; Wheels of Learning Carpentry I; or documented UBC step 3 is a pre- requisite. Competency testing is required for area certification & will be both written & practical. Topics will focus on exterior finishing operations. To include shingle roof application, cornice & siding application: vinyl siding, hardboard siding, cement board siding & shake shingle siding.

COD 7100. Code Qualification - Law and Administration. 0.0 Hours. Class-15.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The Law and Administration course is an overview of North Carolina's building regulation system and is designed for the education and training of building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and fire prevention code enforcement officials. Course participants will study the structure of the federal, state and local governments, the history of the North Carolina State Building Code, the General Statutes relating to the Code and to code enforcement, and the enforcement responsibilities of local inspection departments. Upon completion, course participants will understand the scope of code enforcement and will be able to describe the powers and responsibilities of inspectors. In addition, with the successful completion of the Law and Administration course and others specified by the North Carolina Code officials Qualification Board, course participants will be eligible to take the State examination for inspector certification.

COD 7101. Code Qualification - Building Level I. 0.0 Hours. Class-48.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The Building Level I course is designed for the education and training of the Building Level I code enforcement official who is responsible for inspecting residential and small commercial construction up to 20,000 square feet in size.

COD 7102. Code Qualification - Building Level II. 0.0 Hours. Class-40.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The Building Level II course is designed for the education and training of the Building Level II code enforcement official who has the responsibility of inspecting all types of construction up to 60,000 square feet in size and is built upon information presented in the Building Level I Standard Inspection course.

COD 7103. Code Qualification - Building Level III. 0.0 Hours. Class-40.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The Building Level III course is designed for the education and training of the Building Level III code enforcement official who has the responsibility of inspecting all types of construction of unlimited size and is built upon information presented in the Building Level I and II Standard Inspection courses.

COD 7104. Code Qualification - Electrical Level I. 0.0 Hours. Class-40.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The Electrical Level I course is designed for the Electrical Level I code enforcement official who is the responsible for inspecting residential and small commercial construction up to 20,000 square feet in size.

COD 7105. Code Qualification - Electrical Level II. 0.0 Hours. Class-30.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The Electrical Level II course is designed for the Electrical Level II code enforcement official who is responsible for inspecting electrical installations in all types of construction up to 60,000 square feet in size.

COD 7106. Code Qualification-Electrical Level III. 0.0 Hours. Class-40.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The Electrical Level III course is designed for the education and training of the Electrical Level III code enforcement official who is responsible for inspecting electrical installations in all types of construction of unlimited size.

COD 7107. Code Qualification - Mechanical Level I. 0.0 Hours. Class-32.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed for the education and training of the Mechanical Level I code enforcement official who has the responsibility of inspecting residential and small commercial mechanical installations in construction up to 20,000 square feet in size.Upon completion, course participants will have a better understanding of the Mechanical Code and the Fuel Gas Code of the North Carolina State Building Code and will be able to apply the Code in the inspection field. In addition, with the successful completion of the Mechanical Level I and the Law and Administration courses in conjunction with other education and experience requirements specified by the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board, course participants will be eligible to take the Mechanical Level I State examination for inspector certification.

COD 7108. Code Qualification - Mechanical Level II. 0.0 Hours. Class-24.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The Mechanical Level II course is designed for the education and training of the Mechanical Level II code enforcement official who is responsible for inspecting mechanical installations in all types of construction up to 60,000 square feet in size and is built upon information presented in the Mechanical Level I Standard Inspection course.

COD 7109. Code Qualification-Mechanical Level III. 0.0 Hours. Class-16.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed for the education and training of the Mechanical Level III Code enforcement official who is responsible for inspecting mechanical installations in all types of construction of unlimited size and is built upon information presented in the Mechanical I and II Standard Inspection courses.

COD 7110. Code Qualification - Plumbing Level I. 0.0 Hours. Class-32.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The Plumbing Level I course is designed for the education and training of the Plumbing Level I code enforcement official who is responsible for inspecting residential and small commercial plumbing installations in construction up to 20,000 square feet in size.

COD 7111. Code Qualification Plumbing Level II. 0.0 Hours. Class-24.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The Plumbing Level II course is designed for the Plumbing Level II code enforcement official who is the responsible for inspecting plumbing installations in all types of construction up to 60,000 square feet in size.

COD 7112. Code Qualification - Plumbing Level III. 0.0 Hours. Class-16.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed for Plumbing level III code enforcement officials who are responsible for inspecting plumbing installations in construction of unlimited size.

COD 7200. Code Qualification Precepts. 0.0 Hours. Class-30.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The purpose of this course is to give a broad overview of the NC State Building Code for Permit Technicians and other Administrative employees. It will also serve as an introduction to basic Code requirements for new employees, design professionals and the general public.

ELC 118. National Electrical Code. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the use of the current National Electrical Code. Topics include the NEC history, wiring methods, overcurrent protection, materials, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to effectively use the NEC.

ELX 7056. Electrical Contractor's Exam Review. 0.0 Hours. Class-66.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course reviews the National Electrical Code and Calculations for those who are preparing to take the examination to be licensed as an electrical contractor in North Carolina.

EUS 110. Introduction to Electric Utility Industry. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the student with an overview of the electric (power) utility industry. Topics include electric utility regulation and its scope, regulatory agencies and codes, electrical safety, electric system overview, electric generation, electric transmission, and electric distribution. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the need for electric utilities, their structure, and regulatory requirements on electric utilities.

ISE 7141. Industrial Electrical Wiring 1. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course will teach students how to install modern electrical control systems, including: electrical prints and panels, wiring between panels, color coding, control system wiring and wire bundling.

ISE 7142. Introduction to Electrical Control Wiring. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Electrical Prints, Electrical Panels, Wiring between Panels and Wire Color Coding.