Home Construction Certificate Courses


Brighton College’s Home Construction Certificate courses will prepare the student for entry level employment in home construction. The skills developed will support the student in home construction and renovation work. The program introduces building materials, techniques and work practices, hand and power tools, basic carpentry, and the importance of building materials, plans, specifications and codes.



With the successful completion of these courses, a student should be able to do the following:

  • Understand and report on home construction plans and drawings
  • Evaluate and report on the quality of the home’s exterior and interior construction and remodeling
  • Evaluate and report on the mechanical system used in the home/residence and/or building
  • Evaluate and understand the correlation between plumbing concepts, maintenance, and inspection
  • Understand the electrical system, its distribution throughout the home, and the importance of the National Electrical Code
  • Apply the concepts reviewed in each course and evaluate these in the context of home assessment, construction, and safety


COURSE TITLE  Architectural Drawings 
Course Description This course offers a detailed description of construction drawings and understanding of drawings, plot plans, floor plans, elevations, sections, and structural, mechanical, and electrical drawing.


COURSE TITLE Demolition and General Construction Laborers
Course Description This course compares the durability of the most popular building materials,  including different types of lumber, siding, concrete, brick, and stone. Also discussed are construction fasteners such as nails, screws, bolts, and glue, and the function of these materials and techniques used by builders and their use in the construction field.


COURSE TITLE Painter’s Helper
Course Description This course explains guidelines for the painting trade within the construction industry for the exterior of a house. Included in the guidelines are the appropriate concepts and usage for siding, wood, vinyl, brick, shingle, shake, paint, and plaster.


COURSE TITLE Plumber’s Helper
Course Description This course introduces and identifies different types of supply and waste piping in a home along with concepts of plumbing maintenance and inspection. The course also introduces multiple types of heating systems and hot water boiler units. Each system is described and evaluated with an emphasis on the components that are accessible in home construction and inspection.


COURSE TITLE Electrician’s Helper
Course Description This course discusses the basics of electricity transmission to and distribution through a home. Components of the electrical system are described and evaluated. Due to the stringent requirements for electrical systems during installation and replacement of various electrical equipment, the course offers an introduction to the National Electrical Code.


COURSE TITLE Carpenter’s Helper
Course Description This course explains and introduces various types of building structures, ranging from wood frame to prefabricated. In addition, the course also highlights the various types of window finishes, exterior doors, soffits, fascia, overhangs, gutters, vents, porches and stoops, finalizing with a review of residential ceilings, backings, and finishes.