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CSM offers core skills training courses that are necessary for all construction trades. These courses are highly recommended for all students in any of the construction trades.

The following course is a requirement for most construction trades continuing education certificates:

  • TEC-9300 Construction Trades Core Skills

These courses are highly recommended as they are required for employment by many employers:

  • OSH-9130 National Safety Council First Aid, CPR and AED
  • OSH-8800 OSHA 10-Hour Construction

OSH-9130 National Safety Council First Aid, CPR and AED

This National Safety Council First Aid, CPR, and AED course is designed to provide participants with critical skills and knowledge to respond to and manage an emergency situation that can save a life. Course topics include: assessing the scene of an emergency; establishing the condition of a victim; infection control; and the latest guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiac care. Participants will work with a manikin to practice one-rescuer CPR and rescue breathing; use of an AED; and techniques for managing choking. Participants will also be introduced to first aid basics, including the treatment of medical emergencies and injuries and other techniques that they may need until emergency medical services arrive. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a National Safety Council First Aid CPR, and AED course completion card, valid for two years. Includes cost of books and materials.

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TEC-9300 Construction Trades Core Skills

Imagine the pride of looking at a finished building and knowing that you helped build it. The construction trades can be a rewarding, fulfilling career that will continue to be in demand. Whether your goal is to be a carpenter, HVAC technician, electrician, job supervisor, or contractor, there are certain skills that are common to all of the trades. In this course you will explore those skills. The students will discuss basic construction site safety, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), OSHA policies, and the causes of accidents. The use of construction math will be reviewed. Hands-on instruction in the proper and safe use of hand and power tools will be given along with an introduction to construction drawings (blueprints). Basic employability and communication issues will also be discussed, such as critical thinking, problem solving skills, self-presentation, sexual harassment, stress, and substance abuse. Textbook required and can be purchased at

This course must be completed before starting any of the following continuing education certificates.

  • Carpentry Helper
  • Electrical Helper
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Helper
  • Plumbing Helper

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TEC-5030 Introduction to Construction Math & Blueprints

Math skills and blueprint reading are the building blocks for construction. You will practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, and fractions as well as use various measuring tools such as an architect and engineering scale. Discover the basic terms, components, and symbols of civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing/piping, electrical, and fire protection drawings. Trainees learn how to interpret and use drawing dimensions. Textbook required.

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OSH-8800 10-Hour Construction

Orienting new personnel or serving as a refresher to construction safety and health standards, this course will provide an overview for participants on areas of construction safety and the OSHA guideline 29 CFR - 1926, Safety and Health Regulations for Construction. Topics discussed will include an introduction to OSHA, with an overview of the OSHA standards including the Focus Four: Fall Hazards; Caught-In or -Between Hazards; Struck-by Hazards; and Electrocution Hazards. Other topics may include: Toxic and Hazardous Substances, Stairways and Ladders, Scaffolding, Competent Person Requirements, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Hand and Power Tools, Lockout/Tagout, Signs, Signals and Barricades; Confined Space Entry, and Lift Truck Safety. Textbook included.

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Center for Trades and Energy Training

These courses are held at the Center for Trades and Energy Training (CT Building) at the Regional Hughesville Campus.

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