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Construction is a trade that is recognised worldwide and has a number of different sectors that will cater to your interests. The Alison Learning Path in Construction Trade Skills will present you with an overview of the different areas of construction to broaden your knowledge in this field. You will learn skills in carpentry that cover tools, materials, and building methods to prepare you for a career in that line of work. You will also be introduced to the plumbing profession, as plumbers help us achieve access to water supply and basic sanitation systems, you will learn skills that are a huge asset to the world. In addition to carpentry and plumbing, you will learn the skills required to become an efficient electrician. This Alison Learning Path will benefit those hoping to strengthen their knowledge and skills in construction. Whether you are in the construction trade and hoping to gain the knowledge to take your construction career further or you are hoping to enter into the construction industry, this learning path will give you the opportunity to boost your knowledge in a number of areas in construction. You will be able to explain health and safety requirements, read and interpret electrical drawings, describe basic masonry units, and much more.



Courses in this Learning Path

  1. Introduction to Carpentry

    Carpentry is an age-old trade yet today there is a still a high demand worldwide for skilled carpenters. Continuously evolving to incorporate newer and improved building materials and tools, the trade offers a carpenter many opportunities for professional growth.

    A modern-day carpenter's work goes well beyond working on residential projects. Today, the commercial and construction sectors have opened up a whole new area that requires trained and skilled carpenters. This free online course will introduce the learner to the flourishing trade of carpentry.

    The course explains the different types of building materials, fasteners, adhesives, and tools (hand and power tools) used by carpenters, especially those working in the construction industry. The course also outlines the safety guidelines and procedures, and will introduce the learner to some general terms associated with the trade.

    This course will be of great interest to construction professionals who want to learn about modern carpentry practices and procedures. It will also be of interest to all learners who would like to develop a career in carpentry.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  2. Carpentry - Introduction to Construction Methods

    Carpentry is a highly skilled trade and the work carpenters carry out is essential during the construction phase of items as varied as residential and commercial buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork etc.

    The main work performed by a carpenter during the construction phase is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials. In this free online course the learner will be introduced to skills that are essential during the construction phase of any project such as reading plans and elevations so that construction designs can be understood, how to build floor systems for residential and commercial properties, how to build and construct wall and ceiling framing systems, and the methodologies of roof framing.

    This course will be of great interest to all construction professionals who would like to learn more about the use of carpentry skills as part of the construction process, and to all learners who are interested in carpentry and construction as a career.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  3. Carpentry - Introduction to Formwork and Joinery

    There is a constant demand for carpenters in the construction trade. Today, expertise in working with various types of building materials is an indispensable requirement of a carpenter's job. Formwork and joinery are two such areas where skilled carpenters would find themselves working with diverse materials.

    Formwork involves constructing the forms into which concrete is poured, whereas joinery comprises of working with the wooden parts of a building, such as window frames and doors. Both jobs require further knowledge of working with wood, concrete, and other building materials such as steel reinforcement bars.

    This free online course will introduce the learner to the basic practices involved in formwork and joinery. The course explains the general types of concrete, concrete mixing information, and the test carried out to measure the workability of fresh concrete.

    The course also outlines the key components and terms associated with windows, exterior doors, and stairways used in residential construction.

    This course will be of great interest to all construction professionals who would like to learn more about the carpentry skills involved in finishing and closing off a structure. It will also be of interest to all learners who want to further develop their career in carpentry and the construction trade.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  4. Introduction to Plumbing

    Access to water supply and basic sanitation systems is an essential human need. In order for our society to function efficiently and in a safe environment, it is important that these basic needs are met. Plumbers and professionals working in the plumbing industry help us to achieve this goal. A modern-day plumber's job is wide in scope: plumbers lay down pipes for the distribution of water and disposal of wastewater; design, repair, and maintain the drain, waste, and vent systems; install fixtures, and also work with gas pipelines.

    This free online course will introduce the learner to the plumbing profession. The course looks into the history of plumbing from the ancient to the modern times. It also highlights the importance of safety procedures in the profession. Under plumbing safety, the course covers personal protective equipment, hazard communication, and the safety guidelines that a plumber should follow when working in trenches and confined spaces.

    This course, the first in the series on plumbing, will be of great interest to construction professionals who want to learn what plumbing is and the skills that are needed to advance in this specialized field. It will also be of interest to all learners who want to enter this trade and need an understanding of the profession, its terminologies, and the associated health and safety facts.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  5. Introduction to Plumbing Tools and Drawings

    The plumbing profession places both physical and intellectual demands on plumbers. While the physical aspects of the job such as using tools to install and maintain plumbing systems are clearly visible, the intellectual requirements of the trade are skills that are used in the background. Performing basic math calculations and reading plumbing drawings are examples of such intellectual tasks. This free online course in plumbing introduces the learner to the wide array of tools used by plumbers in the trade. These tools range from measuring and layout tools to those used for leveling, cutting, and assembling pipes and fittings. The course also covers topics on basic math and plumbing drawings, which include basic math skills essential for plumbers to calculate pipe measurements, and how to read construction drawings, how to identify the components that make up these drawings and the types of plumbing drawings a professional in this field will have to read and interpret. This course will be of great interest to all professionals who want a deeper knowledge and understanding of plumbing tools and drawings. It will also be of interest to those learners who have completed the first course on plumbing and would like to build upon that knowledge by doing the next course in the series.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  6. Introduction to Plumbing Pipes and Fixtures

    Introduction to Plumbing Pipes and Fixtures is a free online vocational course designed for anyone wanting to learn more about plumbing. This course is the third in the series of plumbing courses. While the first two introduced the learner to the trade and plumbing tools and drawings, this course goes a step further. For a building to be considered habitable, it has to be connected to the main water and gas supply systems, and have appropriate provisions for handling waste water. The installation of long-lasting plumbing pipes ensures that these basic requirements are met. In this free online course, various materials such as plastic, copper, cast iron, carbon steel, and CSST that are used to make pipes and fixtures are discussed. Besides this, the course covers the terms associated with plumbing pipes, the differences between fittings and valves, the tests carried out on plumbing and gas pipes to ensure they are leak-proof, and the basic principles of sanitation and safety. This course will be of great interest to construction professionals who want to deepen their existing knowledge on plumbing: identify the properties as well as the advantages and the disadvantages of working with different piping materials. It will also be of interest to all learners who want to learn about the different types of pipes and fixtures that are in use today.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  7. Understanding Drainage and Water Distribution Systems

    Understanding Drainage and Water Distribution Systems is a free online course which is designed for anyone who wants to get a better understanding of the drain, waste, vent, and water distribution systems. Within a building, these systems are installed and maintained by plumbers. A thorough understanding of how they work is, therefore, a crucial requirement of a plumber's job. This free online course - the fourth and the last in the series of plumbing courses – completes the list of introductory courses on plumbing. The first section of this course covers the major components of a drainage system. It also explains the basic drainage fittings and traps that are used by plumbers. The second section of the course discusses the water distribution systems. From outlining the water supply sources for private and municipal systems to explaining the water purification process, this section introduces the learner to how water is sourced and supplied to the public. This course will be of great interest to all professionals who want to understand how drainage and water distribution systems work. It will also be of interest to all learners who have completed the previous courses on plumbing, and would like to complete the series in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of a modern-day plumber's job.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  8. Introduction to Masonry

    Introduction to Masonry is a free online course which is designed for anyone who wants to understand the work done by masons in the construction industry. Masonry is an ancient trade and refers to the building of structures using individual units that are bound together by mortar. The quality of the materials and the workmanship involved go a long way in building durable masonry structures.

    The course is divided into three modules, each covering an essential aspect of the trade: the history of masonry, tools and equipment, and measurements and drawings used by masons. The course also introduces the learner to basic masonry units such as clay bricks, concrete blocks, and stone. Furthermore, masonry tasks like the spreading of mortar, furrowing, buttering, and brick laying technique are discussed. The course provides a list of terms used in and associated with the profession.

    This free online course will be of great interest to all professionals who want to understand what the masonry trade encompasses and learn the basics of masonry. It will also be of interest to all learners who want to gain a comprehensive understanding of a mason's job.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  9. Introduction to the Electrical Trade

    Modern-day life is heavily dependent on electric power. Our technologically driven world comes to a standstill when there is any disruption to this form of energy. In order for our everyday lives to function efficiently, we need a regular and uninterrupted supply of electricity. To ensure this we need electrical engineers and other skilled workers in the field to transmit, distribute, and maintain our electrical systems and equipment. This free online course will introduce the learner to the electrical trade and the types of skills required by electricians working on residential, commercial, and industrial projects. The course explains the basic concepts in electricity such as electrical charge, current, circuits, voltage, and resistance. The course also discusses the hazards of working with electricity, and outlines the safety procedures and standards that need to be in place in any job site. This course will be of great interest to all professionals who want to learn about the electrical trade. It will also be of interest to all learners who would like to develop a career in this field.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  10. Introduction to Electrical Wiring Systems

    Installing electrical wiring is an integral part of an electrician's job. Working with electrical wiring involves working with device boxes, raceways, conductors, and cables. This free online course will introduce the learner to the basics of the electrical wiring system. From explaining the key installation procedures for electrical device boxes and raceways to outlining the correct technique for using hand-benders to bend conduits, this course covers the essential requirements of the job. The course also provides information on metal conduit fittings and some common types of fasteners used to attach raceway supports. Besides this, the course includes a list of commonly used terms associated with electrical wiring. The course will be of great interest to all professionals who would like to learn about the electrical wiring system. It will also be of interest to all learners who are interested in developing a career in the field and learning the practical aspects of the trade. If you are interested in a career in construction, you may find this course of general professional interest. If you always thought you would like to know more about electrical systems, then this might just be the opportunity you have been waiting for to learn more.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  11. Introduction to Basic Electrical Drawings and Test Equipment

    Installing a safe electrical system begins with a well-planned electrical drawing. Construction projects require work drawings and specifications to guide electricians in installing electrical equipment. Besides being a customer requirement, these plans and drawings provide specific instruction to electricians. Standard symbols and lines are used to represent the different types of material, raceways, conduits, and circuit connections. Reading and interpreting these drawings accurately is therefore an important skill for electricians. This free online course will introduce the learner to some basic electrical drawings. Going a step further, the course also describes the equipment and tools that enable an electrician to test and maintain the installations. Such test equipment includes an ammeter, a galvanometer and a multimeter. Related topics on how a moving-coil meter operates and how to select a meter are also covered. This free course will be of interest to professionals in the areas of construction, electronics and engineering who would like a greater knowledge and understanding of electrical drawings and test equipment.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points

Complete!

Successfully complete all of these courses to receive a Construction Trade Skills Learning Path Award.

All your learning will be reflected in your Learner Record, which you can download for free at any time.

You also have the option of purchasing an Alison Certificate for each of the above courses you successfully complete.



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