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Residential Construction Development First Award, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_RCDS
Control Number: 19472

Students may select any combination of courses that total eighteen (18) or more units from the following list. Note: Construction Technology A165 and Construction Technology A195 are required for any first earned Certificate of Achievement. No course may be applied to more than one Residential Construction Development 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.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  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 his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
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. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
CNST A165Construction Safety/CAL OSHA 13
CNST A195Residential Code 13
Select 12 units of the following: 212
Green Building Codes
California Energy Code
Principles of Construction
Stair Framing
Cabinet Making
Additions and Remodeling
Drywall &Taping
Introduction to Construction
Building Construction 1
Building Construction 2
Blueprint Reading and Drafting
Energy Audit
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