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We proudly offer both the NCCER CORE and specialized Masonry courses and Certification, ensuring that our students receive comprehensive instruction in essential construction skills and advanced masonry techniques. Our programs are designed in partnership with industry leaders to equip you with the knowledge and practical experience needed to excel in residential and commercial projects. Join us at Phoenix Masonry School to build a solid foundation for your future career in construction.

Construction Manager

CORE Certification

Occupational Objective and Outline:

The NCCER CORE curriculum at Phoenix Masonry School is designed to prepare students for NCCER certification, providing them with the foundational skills and knowledge required for a successful career in the construction and industrial sectors. This certification-focused program covers essential topics such as safety protocols, tool usage, construction mathematics, and material handling. Through a blend of classroom instruction and hands-on training, students will acquire the competencies needed to pass the NCCER CORE certification exams and enter the workforce with confidence. Achieving this certification demonstrates a solid understanding of core construction principles and opens the door to advanced training and career opportunities.

Course Outline

1. Basic Safety

  • Understanding the importance of safety in the construction industry

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) usage and maintenance

  • Identifying and mitigating job site hazards

  • Emergency procedures and response

2. Introduction to Construction Math

  • Basic arithmetic operations relevant to construction tasks

  • Understanding units of measurement and conversion

  • Working with fractions, decimals, and percentages

  • Introduction to geometry and basic algebra for construction

3. Introduction to Hand Tools

  • Identifying common hand tools used in construction

  • Proper usage and maintenance of hand tools

  • Hands-on practice with various hand tools

  • Safety practices for hand tool usage

4. Introduction to Power Tools

  • Overview of commonly used power tools in construction

  • Safe operation and maintenance of power tools

  • Hands-on training with power tools

  • Understanding the applications and limitations of each tool

5. Construction Drawings

  • Reading and interpreting construction drawings and blueprints

  • Understanding symbols, lines, and abbreviations used in drawings

  • Applying drawing information to real-world construction scenarios

  • Basic blueprint reading skills

6. Basic Communication Skills

  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication in the workplace

  • Teamwork and collaboration techniques

  • Workplace etiquette and professional conduct

  • Conflict resolution and problem-solving strategies

7. Basic Employability Skills

  • Crafting a professional resume and cover letter

  • Job search techniques and interview preparation

  • Time management and organizational skills

  • Professional development and continuous learning

8. Introduction to Material Handling

  • Safe handling and storage of construction materials

  • Proper lifting techniques and ergonomic practices

  • Use of material handling equipment

  • Strategies for efficient material management on site

By completing this course, students will be fully prepared to take the NCCER CORE certification exam. This certification not only validates their fundamental construction skills and knowledge but also significantly enhances their employability and readiness for advanced training and career advancement in the construction industry.

Bricks and Mortar

Masonry Certification

Occupational Objective and Outline

The NCCER Masonry Level I program at Phoenix Masonry School is designed to prepare students for NCCER certification, providing them with the essential skills and knowledge required for a successful career in masonry. This certification-focused program emphasizes key masonry techniques such as bricklaying, blocklaying, and stone masonry, while also covering important safety protocols and tool usage. Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on practice, students will gain the competencies needed to pass the NCCER certification exams and enter the workforce as certified entry-level masons. Achieving this certification demonstrates a high standard of expertise and opens the door to advanced training and career advancement in the masonry trade.

Course Outline

1. Introduction to Masonry

  • Overview of the masonry trade and its history

  • Understanding the scope of the NCCER certification

  • Career opportunities and pathways in masonry

2. Masonry Safety

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) specific to masonry

  • Job site safety practices and protocols

  • Identifying and mitigating masonry-specific hazards

  • Safe handling and storage of masonry materials

3. Masonry Tools and Equipment

  • Identification, use, and maintenance of masonry hand tools

  • Introduction to masonry power tools and their safe operation

  • Ensuring proper tool safety and maintenance practices

4. Measurement, Drawings, and Specifications

  • Accurate measurement techniques and units used in masonry

  • Reading and interpreting masonry blueprints and specifications

  • Applying project specifications to real-world scenarios

5. Mortar

  • Understanding different types of mortar and their properties

  • Proper mixing procedures and techniques

  • Application, handling, and curing of mortar for optimal results

6. Masonry Units and Installation Techniques

  • Types and characteristics of masonry units (bricks, blocks, stones)

  • Techniques for laying bricks, blocks, and stones accurately

  • Methods for ensuring alignment, leveling, and spacing

  • Practical hands-on training with various masonry units

7. Masonry Construction Basics

  • Building and maintaining straight and true walls

  • Constructing stable corners and intersections

  • Understanding and applying different bonds and patterns

  • Techniques for constructing arches and openings

8. Masonry Reinforcement and Grouting

  • Importance of reinforcement in masonry structures

  • Types and applications of reinforcement materials

  • Proper grouting techniques and procedures

  • Hands-on practice with reinforcement and grouting methods

By completing this course, students will be fully prepared to take the NCCER Masonry Level I certification exam. This certification not only validates their skills and knowledge but also significantly enhances their employability and career prospects in the masonry field.

Cinder Blocks

Work at your own pace

Our course is hands-on and designed to maximize the use of your time so that you can graduate as quickly as possible, but have all the experience that you would learn from being on the job for years. Open entry/exit classes are designed to fit in with your schedule.

Masonry

Start from the basics

Our courses are designed to take you through all the steps needed to become proficient. If you've already been in the industry this also helps to make sure that any bad habits that you may have picked up along the way are identified and corrected.

Brick Wall

Learn all the tricks of the trade

Masonry is one of those trades where the secrets are learned from the people that have been doing it for years. We aim to provide you with all those tips, and we are here to help you become the best in the business.

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