Our Curriculum

Helping students succeed, the program combines best practices from the Construction Craft Trade and recognized educational philosophy.

Grade Nine

Introduction to Tools

Grade 9 exploratory segment introduces students to the Laborers Trade through a variety of hands-on projects. Students choosing LIUNA Training spend the rest of the year learning the core CCL Trade including skills and knowledge; materials, tools & equipment; and safety practices. Grade 9 creates the foundation for each following year as Trade topics increase in scale and complexity. 

Exploratory Projects 

The primary purpose of the Exploratory Year is to excite students through “hands-on” projects to choose Construction Craft Laborer (CCL) as their High School CTE track. These projects will allow students to build and create as a Construction Craft Laborer, generating enthusiasm and introducing these potential CCL CTE students to the work and career opportunities.

Tools Identification 

The Tools Identification unit addresses the fundamental skills and job responsibilities of a construction craft laborer working with common hand, power, and gasoline-powered tools.

Basic Safety and Standard PPE 

The Basic Safety and Standard PPE unit addresses the fundamental safety knowledge of noise and hearing safety, fall protection, heat stress and prevention, and back injury safety. This unit also provides the opportunities to practice donning and doffing standard Personal Protective Equipment.

Materials Identification 

The Materials Identification unit addresses the fundamental knowledge and skills to identify, use, and store lumber, nails, and reinforced steels.


Grade 10

Hands-On Learning

Grade 10 increases safety awareness and Trade knowledge with corresponding academics by combining classroom and hands-on application. Students learn the use of blueprints and job site specifications to understand basic structural building concepts; learn how applied math is used in all aspects of the construction industry to ensure quality and worker safety; and are introduced to primary Trade areas such as concrete, masonry, and power tool use.

Introduction to Health and Safety 

The Introduction to Health and Safety unit addresses the fundamental safety knowledge of hazard communication, confined spaces safety, and silica awareness. This unit also provides opportunities to practice reading chemical and SDS labels.

Technical Plans and Prints 

The Technical Plans and Prints unit addresses the fundamental skills and job responsibilities of a laborer working in a variety of settings in the construction industry where information from a print or a plan is needed.

Introduction to Concrete 

The Introduction to Concrete unit addresses the fundamental skills and job responsibilities of a construction craft laborer working in concrete forming, placement, and finish work.

Working with Tools 

The Working with Tools unit addresses the fundamental knowledge and skills to safely operate hand, power, gasoline, pneumatic, oxyfuel, and powder-actuated tools.

Mason Tending 

The Mason Tending unit addresses the fundamental skills and job responsibilities of a mason tender responsible for estimating materials needed for a job, mixing mortar and grout, and keeping materials stocked and well organized.


Grade 11

Advanced Building

Grade 11 provides real-world, in-depth understanding of the CCL Trade and the construction industry. Projects replicate the job site while providing industry credentials like OSHA and First Aid/CPR. The expanse of CCL Trade is furthered as students learn how to protect the environment and respond to man-made and natural disasters. Science and math match increased Trade skills so students understand: Elevations; Strengthening and Beautifying Concrete; and creating safe work zones through traffic control.

Additional Health and Safety Topics 

The Additional Health and Safety unit addresses the fundamental safety knowledge of fire prevention, electric safety, hazardous substance awareness, signs/signals/barricades, vehicle & crane safety, and demolition safety. This unit also provides opportunities to practice inspecting electricals and handling hazardous substances safely.

Concrete Skills 

The Concrete Skills Unit builds upon the Introduction to Concrete and expanded on the skills and job responsibilities of a construction craft laborer working in concrete forming, placement, and finish work.

Introduction to Jobsite Layout 

The Introduction to Jobsite Layout unit addresses the fundamental skills and job responsibilities of a construction craft laborer responsible for establishing reference points, operating leveling instruments, and placing reference stakes on a jobsite for excavation.

Scaffolds 

The Scaffold unit addresses the fundamental skills and job responsibilities of a construction craft laborer responsible for building and dismantling scaffold.

Landscaping 

The Landscaping unit addresses the fundamental skills and job responsibilities of a laborer responsible for identifying site soil and terrain, performing erosion control and ground shaping, and planting trees, shrubs, and grass (including sod).

Work Zone Safety 

The Work Zone Safety unit addresses the fundamental skills and job responsibilities of a construction craft laborer responsible for installing signs and channeling devices for lane closures, flagging in a traffic control zone, and working safely around heavy equipment and parked cars.

Environmental Protection 

The Environmental Protection unit addresses the fundamental skills and job responsibilities of a construction craft laborer working with erosion control, hazardous waste, and improving energy efficiency of buildings with air sealants.

Employability 

The Employability unit addresses the fundamental skills for professional conduct at a workplace. It also provides the opportunity to create employment materials and practice skills necessary to explore career paths.


Grade 12

A step away from apprenticeship

Grade 12 brings students one step closer to life-long learning and an endless career path. Hands-on skills are expanded to include demolition & deconstruction, hoisting & rigging, and installation of pressurized and gravity flow pipes. Then, all four years come together as students focus on a Capstone Project based on personal career interests: from plans to improve their neighborhoods to creating a small business. Most importantly, grads are ready to apply for a CCL apprenticeship.

Jobsite Layout 

The Jobsite Layout unit expandes the Introduction to Jobsite Layout skills and job responsibilities of a construction craft laborer responsible for establishing reference points, operating leveling instruments, and placing reference stakes on a jobsite for excavation.

Demolition and Deconstruction 

The Demolition and Deconstruction unit addresses the fundamental skills and job responsibilities of a construction craft laborer working with Demolition and Deconstruction projects. This unit provides the opportunities to practice demolishing concrete and building components, deconstructing and preserving building components, and protecting workers and the environment from biological and chemical hazards.

Hoisting and Rigging 

The Hoisting and Rigging unit addresses the fundamental skills and job responsibilities of a construction craft laborer responsible for hoisting and rigging.

Pipelaying and Trench Excavation Safety 

The Pipelaying and Trench Excavation Safety unit addresses the fundamental skills and job responsibilities of a construction craft laborer responsible for excavating trenches, installing pressurized water and gravity flow piping systems, and operating a tapping machine.

Career Readiness 

The Career Readiness unit includes the fundamental knowledge for starting and managing a business. It also provided opportunities to revise employment materials and build professional relationships.

Capstone Projects 

The Capstone is the culminating project for students completing the LEARN program. While planning and creating a construction project, students gain confidence in their skills, explore a range of construction craft laborer career paths, and begin to narrow their chosen path in the industry.