National Education Developers

hd_2Education Developers Home PageContact Us


Core Craft Skills

Masonry Courses

Core Craft Skills

Hands-on training, practice, and classroom work

We bring the courses to you!
Taught by NCCER-qualified instructors, experienced in the trades

High School Credit from a fully accredited private school

These are NCCER-accredited courses. (National Center for Construction Education and Research)


Trade Prep Program
The Core Craft Skills

Basic Safety/OSHA Safety Regulations (15 hours)
Explains the safety obligations of workers, supervisors, and managers to ensure a safe workplace. Discusses the causes and results of accidents and the dangers of rationalizing risk. Reviews the role of company policies and OSHA regulations in maintaining a safe workplace. Introduces common job-site hazards and protections such as lockout/tagout, personal protective equipment (PPE), and HazCom.

Introduction to Hand Tools (10 hours)       
Introduces trainees to hand tools that are widely used in the construction industry, such as hammers, saws, levels, pullers, vises, and clamps. Explains the specific applications of each tool and shows how to use them properly. Also discusses important safety and maintenance issues related to hand tools.

Introduction to Power Tools (5 hours)     
Provides detailed descriptions of commonly used power tools such as drills, saws, grinders, and sanders. Reviews applications, proper use, safety, and maintenance. Many illustrations show power tools used in on-the-job settings.

Introduction to Blueprints (7.5 hours)
Familiarizes trainees with basic blueprint terms, components, and symbols. Explains the different types of blueprint drawings (civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing/piping, and electrical) and instructs trainees on how to interpret and use drawing dimensions. Two oversized drawings are included.

Basic Rigging (20 hours)    
Explains how ropes, chains, hoists, loaders, and cranes are used to move material and equipment from one location to another on a job site. Describes inspection techniques and load-handling safety practices. Also reviews American National Standards Institute (ANSI) hand signals.

Introduction to Construction Math (15 hours)
Reviews basic mathematical functions such as adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, and explains their applications to the construction trades. Explains decimal-fraction conversions and the metric system using practical examples. Also reviews basic geometry as applied to common shapes and forms.

Basic Communication Skills (5 hours)
(Must be combined with Basic Employability Skills)
Provides trainees with techniques for communicating effectively with co-workers and supervisors. Includes practical examples that emphasize the importance of verbal and written information and instructions on the job. Also discusses effective telephone and e-mail communication skills.

Basic Employability Skills (15 hours)
(Must be combined with Basic Communication Skills)
Identifies the roles of individuals and companies in the construction industry. Introduces trainees to critical thinking and problem solving skills and computer systems and their industry applications. Also reviews effective relationship skills, effective self-presentation, and key workplace issues.


"Trade-Prep Programs" through National Education Developers are under the guidance of the Florida Masonry Apprentice and Educational Foundation. NCCER standards are applied to all "Trade Prep Programs." For more information call 1-813-676-7600










National Education Developers
23110 SR 54 #314
Lutz, FL 33549
Copyright © National Education Developers