CTS is an enrichment tutoring program and not an accredited or licensed school with the TWC or any other regulating commission. Classroom tutoring is a volunteer trainer platform for the sole benefit of students who wish to learn faster than traditional teaching.  No grades are issued during tutoring. 

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Chapter 17 HVAC. Forced air systems. Students learn the difference between the air conditioner and furnace combination and the heat pump.

Chapter 18 Drywall. Present the order of operations for choosing, hanging, taping, bedding and texturing drywall. Students cover the quality levels and finishes for drywall.

Chapter 19 Estimating. Overview the estimating and bidding protocols for each business configuration. Students learn how to collect estimates based on trade submittals and individual measuring.

Chapter 20 Paint. Students are introduced to interior and exteriors paints. Wall, ceiling and trim paint in oil, water and hybrids. Specialty paint is also included as well and prep, and cleanup.

Chapter 21 Electric. Overview the concept of electrical circuit, ecepticals, switches, wire gauges, grounding, connections, loads, dedicated circuits, AFCi and GFCI.

Chapter 22 Flooring. Students are introduced to wood, tile, carpet and other types of flooring. Students learn the details of installing each type of product and the problems with incorrect installations.

Chapter 23 Windows and Doors. Overview of window and door materials, profiles and construction. Students learn how to measure rough openings and allow for shimming windows and doors correctly.

Chapter 24 Business. Following the Small Business Administration's 10 Steps to setting up a small business. Students walk through the process from creating a business idea to corporate structures and insurance.

Chapter 25 Cabinets. Overview on cabinet styles, materials, and accessories. Student discuss measurements, modular, semi custom and custom cabinets and what each category means when it comes to ordering and purchasing.

Chapter 26 Home Automation and Quality Control. Explain what is included in home automation, low voltage and audio video technology and how it benefits customers. Students are introduced to quality control monitoring development implementation of policy and procedures for high end clients.

Chapter 27 Counters. Introduce, laminates, quartz, marble, soapstone, limestone, slate, quartzite, quartz, stainless steel and wood counters. Students learn care and maintenance of each material.

Chapter 28 Carpentry. Introduction to materials such as hardwood and softwood and uses for each. Decorative carpentry including baseboards, paneling, chair rails, door and window trim, and crown molding.

Chapter 29 Masonry. Overview of the term masonry and what it entails. Students cover types o f brick, layouts, bonds, mortar, brick ties and codes.

Chapter 30 Resource Control. Continuing off estimating and bidding, resource control teaches how to regulate supply and labor purchasing and ways to incorporate time management into a time and budget saving proposition.

Chapter 31 Siding. The exterior cladding of the home. Students overview cement, stucco, vinyl, brick, wood and synthetic siding options. Codes are introduced as well as Home Owner Associations.

Chapter 32 Roofing. Introduce students to the order of operations for rebuilding or installing a new roof. Overview codes, permits, decking, underlayment, drip caps, shingles, and flashing.

Bonus Material - Marketing. Covering logos, company concept, branding, customers, and setting up marketing for students businesses.

 

Bonus Material - Sales. Overview of The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy.

Chapter 1 Into to General Contracting. Overview the residential construction industry and the role of the general contractor, architect, engineer, designer and building inspectors.

Chapter 2 Blueprints. Students learn how to read and create blueprints, schedules, selections, symbols and specifications for basic homes and larger end projects commonly found in residential construction.

Chapter 3 Site Prep. Discuss the order of operations for preparing the land to build a house including excavation, utilities and drainage. Students are introduced to the permitting process and inspection methods.

Chapter 4 Concrete. List the elements involved in placing concrete from chemical compositions, mix ratios, environmental considerations, surveys, engineers and installing forms to concrete placement and finishing.

Chapter 5 Working with Customers. Working with different customer personalities and how to get the best out of them. Controlling the job site and make bigger sales with personality overviews.

Chapter 6 Framing. Lumber and fastener overview and the basics of framing walls, floors, ceiling and roof systems. Including specification stamps for lumber, water content, codes, nominal and dimensional lumber differences, types of wood, engineer approvals, delivery, and storage.

Chapter 7 Project Management. Explain the difference between planning and scheduling in project management. Students learn how to develop a contractors list form a customer's wish list, find costs and lead times of products and labor, and prepare a proposal.

Chapter 8 Contracts. List the components of contracts and how to use them to set customer expectations for the job through policies and procedures and scope of project documentation.

Chapter 9 Appliances/Designers. Organize Appliances into styles, quality levels and benefits. Students learn how to read specification sheets, measure, understand electrical, plumbing and HVAC codes. Students are introduced to the role of the professional designer and how they benefit the contractor.

Chapter 10 Plumbing. Introduce plumbing concepts, supply pipes, DWV systems and DFU loads. Students are introduced to plumbing remodeling considerations such as pipe sizing for new additions and how to run new pipe underground.

Chapter 11 Customer sales. Discuss Emotional Intelligence and how to increase sales and comfortable job site visits by perceiving hot buttons and reading the customer.

Chapter 12 Waterproofing. Introduce the energy codes, building envelope and how waterproofing is necessary for proper insulation, sheer, and weather control systems including house wrap and house panels.

Chapter 13 Waterproofing. Explain the history of traditional showers and why they leak. Propose several modern methods for waterproofing new showers with data reflecting the time cost paradigm in construction.

Chapter 14 Problem Customers. Introduce students to "red flag" warning signs of potentially unstable and abusive customers before they enter into an agreement to construct. Learn how to handle problem customers who refuse to make decisions, argue, fault find, micromanage and when to cancel a job.

Chapter 15 Cities, Permits and Inspections. Includes an introduction to what needs a permit, what is expected in the paperwork turned into the city and what is necessary to pass inspections.

Chapter 16 Insulation. Discuss the building envelope, the energy codes and how they affect new build and remodeling homes. Including air exchanges, prescriptive and presumptive energy conservation measurement methods and exhaust systems.

Course Overview

What to Expect in Class

  • Construction Trade school is a group tutoring enrichment program with online makeup material.

  • We provide an overview of the industry for contractors and links or connections you need to learn more. 

  • You meet in a shared business office where contractors, designers, and architects work every day.

  • You will spend time watching videos before coming to class. It averages 1.5-3.5 hours for each catagory.

  • You have access to the videos for one year after you sign up for class. 

  • Your tutors are professional contractors or manufacturers field trainers who volunteer to guest train on their time off — the contractors who are speaking and mentoring you in class own multi-million-dollar producing companies. The contractors encourage questions and interaction. 

  • Students are allowed to visit job sites and contractors businesses with permission.

  • CTS does not have a job board, but if we have leads, we are glad to pass them on to students. 

  • You have hands-on, field trips, speakers, and exercises during class, which goes over the videos watched before class.

  • You receive two breaks a night.

  • Since this is tutoring, you choose your path and level of depth you want to go to learning. 

  • No grades are issued.  CTS is group tutoring with an option for personal guidance form trainers. 

  • The atmosphere is casual independent learning, but we expect you to be polite and respectful in class. There is no eating or using phones.

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