Continuing Education Construction Programs

​Although most students take North Lake College construction courses for credit, in order to receive an associate degree or credit certificate, NLC also offers over a dozen continuing education certificates and awards.

These awards are bestowed by North Lake College when the student completes the courses listed after each award. An asterisk* denotes the capstone experience required to receive the award.

Construction Technology Awards and Certificates

Commercial Carpentry Certificate

To receive this award, the student takes 560 hours of continuing education courses. In the first semester, the student takes Introduction to Carpentry, Forms and Foundations I, Interior Finish Systems, and Wall Systems. In the second semester, the student takes Forms and Foundations II, Construction Technology IV, and Exterior Finish Systems*.

Commercial Electrical Certificate

To receive this award, the student takes 640 hours of continuing education courses. In the first semester, the student takes Introduction to Electrical Safety and Tools, Basic Electrical Theory, Basic Electricity for HVAC, and Fundamentals of Electricity II. In the second semester, the student takes Commercial Wiring, Industrial Wiring, Motor Control, and Electrical Troubleshooting*. 

Commercial HVAC Certificate

To receive this award, the student takes 640 hours of continuing education courses. In the first semester, the student takes Refrigeration Principles, Basic Electricity for HVAC, Mechanical Maintenance, and Air Conditioning Control Principles. In the second semester, the student takes Air Conditioning Troubleshooting, Commercial Air Conditioning, Building Maintenance II, and Commercial Air Conditioning System Design*.

Commercial Masonry Certificate

To receive this award, the student takes 360 hours of continuing education courses. The courses required are Masonry I, Masonry II, Masonry III, and Masonry IV*.

Commercial Plumbing Certificate

To receive this award, the student takes 640 hours of continuing education courses. In the first semester, the student takes Introduction to the Plumbing Trade, Commercial Plumbing I, Pipefitting Fabrication and Blueprint Reading, and Advanced Pipe Practices. In the second semester, the student takes Commercial Plumbing II, Industrial Plumbing, Plumbing and Pipefitting Equipment and Safety, and Commercial Construction and Fixture Setting*.

Electrical Pre-Apprentice Certificate

To receive this award, the student takes 384 hours of continuing education courses. The courses required are Introduction to Electrical Safety and Tools, Fundamentals of Electricity I, and Commercial Wiring*.

Field Engineering Certificate

To receive this award, the student takes 448 hours of continuing education courses. In the first semester, the student takes Surveying Calculations, Introduction to Surveying, Field Engineering I, and Surveying Measurement. In the second semester, the student takes Plane Surveying and Field Engineering II*.

Pipefitting Certificate

To receive this award, the student takes 640 hours of continuing education courses. In the first semester, the student takes Introduction to Pipefitting, Pipefitting Fabrication and Blueprint Reading, Introduction to Pipe Welding, and Introduction to Layout and Fabrication. In the second semester, the student takes Intermediate Pipe Welding, Advanced Pipe Practices, Plumbing and Pipefitting Equipment and Safety, and Pipe Fabrication and Installation II*.

Plumbing, Pipefitting and HVAC Certificate

To receive this award, the student takes 320 hours of courses, then chooses a specialty track and takes an additional 320 hours in that specialty track. With the addition of one 64-hour elective class, this results in a total of 704 hours of classroom time.

The 320 hours of basic courses include Introduction to the Construction Industry, Introduction to Welding, Mechanical Drafting, Plumbing and Pipefitting Equipment and Safety, and Welding Fundamentals.

The possible specialty paths are:

  • Plumbing: Students take Drafting for Specific Occupations, Commercial Plumbing I & II, Plumbing Codes I, Mechanics of Plumbing
  • Pipefitting: Commercial Air Conditioning, Industrial Air Conditioning, Introduction to Layout and Fabrication, Intermediate Pipe Welding, and Advanced Pipe Welding
  • Environmental Systems: Basic Electrical Theory, Commercial Air Conditioning, Industrial Air Conditioning, Basic Plumbing/Pipefitting for HVAC, Commercial and Industrial System Start-Up
Over 20 possible elective courses are available. The capstone for this program is the specific craft licensing exam.

Residential Builder/Contractor Certificate

To receive this award, the student takes 368 hours of continuing education courses. The courses required are Forms and Foundations I, Conventional Wall Systems, Principles of Real Estate, Supervision, Introduction to Business, and Construction Estimating I*.

Residential Carpentry Certificate

To receive this award, the student takes 480 hours of continuing education courses. The courses required are Introduction to Carpentry, Forms and Foundations I, Conventional Wall Systems, Conventional Roof Systems, Conventional Exterior Finish Systems, and Conventional Interior Finish Systems*.

Surveying Certificate

To receive this award, the student takes 624 hours of continuing education courses. In the first semester, the student takes Surveying Calculations, Introduction to Surveying, Land Surveying Applications, Geographical Information Systems Applications, and Surveying Legal Principles I. In the second semester, the student takes Surveying Legal Principles II, Surveying Measurement, Geodetic Surveying and Mapping, and Land Surveying*.

Supervisory Training Occupational Skills Award

To receive this award, the student takes 262 hours of continuing education courses. The courses required are Basic Construction Management, Basic Construction Safety, Leadership Skills for Supervisors/Managers, Workplace Communications, Problem Solving and Decision Making*, Contract Documents Construction Law, Introduction to Project Management, and Accident Prevention, Inspection, and Investigation.

Welding Certificate

To receive this award, the student takes 480 hours of continuing education courses. In the first semester, the student takes Welding Safety, Tools, and Equipment; Introduction to Welding Using Multiple Processes; Intermediate Shielding Metal Arc Welding (SMAW); and Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). In the second semester, the student takes Intermediate and Advanced* Welding Using Multiple Processes.