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Master Construction Specialist, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CT_CTMS

Control Number: 22396

Financial Aid Eligible


The terms “Master” and “Specialist” imply a very broad knowledge in several of the construction trades and management disciplines. Students who complete this program will have their names displayed on a perpetual “Award of Excellence” listing in the Construction Department.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and experience to identify, assess, and participate in many entry-level construction trades.
  2. Be prepared to work in the construction field in positions including, but not limited to work areas such as inspection, management, and as hands-on skilled tradespeople.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded.  A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Course Title Units
Required Courses
Core Courses
CIS A100Introduction to Computer Applications3
or CHT A100 Computer Use in Technology
CNST A114Cabinet Making4
CNST A165Construction Safety/CAL OSHA3
CNST A180Building Construction 15
CNST A190Blueprint Reading and Drafting4
CNST A195Residential Code3
CNST A210Concrete Construction5
CNST A240Specialty Trades5
CNST A260Masonry Construction5
CNST A265Plumbing 14
or CNST A266 Plumbing 2
CNST A275Residential Electrical Wiring5
CNST A285Light Steel Frame Construction2.5
CNST A185Building Construction 25
Restricted Electives
Select one of the following:3
Construction Estimating
Construction Inspection
Construction Supervision and Project Management
Total Units56.5

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
CNST A180 Building Construction 1 1 5
CNST A165 Construction Safety/CAL OSHA 3
CNST A260 Masonry Construction 5
 Units13
Semester 2
CNST A114 Cabinet Making 4
CNST A195 Residential Code 3
CNST A185 Building Construction 2 5
CERT RESTRICTED ELECTIVE- CHOOSE ONE 3
Construction Estimating  
Construction Inspection  
Construction Supervision and Project Management  
 Units15
Year 2
Semester 1
CNST A285 Light Steel Frame Construction 2.5
CNST A265
Plumbing 1
or Plumbing 2
4
CNST A190 Blueprint Reading and Drafting 4
CNST A275 Residential Electrical Wiring 5
 Units15.5
Semester 2
CIS A100
Introduction to Computer Applications
or Computer Use in Technology
3
CNST A210 Concrete Construction 5
CNST A240 Specialty Trades 5
 Units13
 Total Units56.5