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Building Construction, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CN_RCDS

Control Number: 19472

Financial Aid Eligible

The Building Construction Certificate of Achievement is a flexible certificate to develop skills for the construction industry. Students may select any combination of courses that total eighteen (18) or more units from the following list. Education can be used towards satisfying the Contractor’s Licensing Board experience requirements. Note: CNST A165 Construction Safety/CAL OSHA and CNST A195 Residential Code or CNST A194 Introduction to Building Codes are required to earn the Building Construction Certificate.

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.

Review Graduation Requirements.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
CNST A165Construction Safety/CAL OSHA 13
CNST A195Residential Code 13
or CNST A194 Introduction to Building Codes
Restricted Electives
Select 12 units of the following: 212
Green Building Codes
California Energy Code
Principles of Construction
Stair Framing
Cabinet Making
Additions and Remodeling
Electronics for Electricians
Drywall &Taping
Intro to Home Automation
National Electrical Code
Photovoltaic System Installation
Introduction to Construction
Building Construction 1
Building Construction 2
Blueprint Reading
Blueprint Reading and Drafting
Energy Audit
Current Topics in Construction Technology
Concrete Flatwork
Concrete Construction
Decorative Concrete
Construction Estimating
Land and Building Development
Construction Inspection
Specialty Trades
Finish Carpentry
Construction Supervision and Project Management
Business Law for Contractors
Masonry Construction
Masonry Construction II
Plumbing 1
Plumbing 2
Contrator's License Law
Residential Electrical Wiring
Light Steel Frame Construction
Total Units18

Required for First Certificate.


No course may be applied to more than one certificate.

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 A165 Construction Safety/CAL OSHA 1 3
CNST A195 Residential Code 3
CERT RESTRICTED ELECTIVES - Select 6 units (See Requirements) 2 6
Semester 2
CERT RESTRICTED ELECTIVES - Select 6 units (See Requirements) 2 6
 Total Units18

Meet with construction faculty to build a program to meet your goals.


No course may be applied to more than one certificate.