Accelerate your career in construction, engineering, architecture and real estate development.
In this series of six courses, you will learn about every major material and system in a building. You will learn the terminology and will develop a very strong understanding of how a building is built. This content is absolutely critical if you are involved in any way on a building construction project.
You can also choose Construction Fundamentals Courses à la Carte.
Our online commercial building construction fundamentals classes are thorough and detailed. We start at the very beginning. You will learn about the design and construction team and the order in which various construction disciplines build their respective building components.
These online construction fundamentals classes are Instructor-led and there is strong student engagement. There is no software required for this course.
Overview, Site Utilities, Earthwork & Foundations (10 Clock Hours) – In this, our first of six courses, you will learn about: the construction team and the on-site construction activities; different types of soils and subsurface conditions; the equipment and the heavy equipment we use on a site – scrapers, dozers, excavators and more; clearing and grubbing the site; installing the site utilities; preparing for our building, with Earth work and excavation support and installing foundations. You will also learn about: concrete; the history of concrete; concrete as a material and grade beams and foundations.
The Building Structure (10 Clock Hours) – In this, our second of six courses, you will learn about: the structural systems in a building; a building load; how is a load analyzed; how structural materials react to a load; how structural systems bend or deflect and the types of cranes used to construct a building. You will also learn valuable information about: cast-in-place concrete; precast concrete; steel and how steel systems benefit the building's structural integrity.
The Building Envelope (10 Clock Hours) – In this, our third of six courses, you will learn about: the building envelope; maintaining the integrity of the building; keeping water out; ultimately controlling the building's temperature and humidity and the most commonly used cold-formed steel stud systems for exterior walls. You will also learn valuable information about: cladding systems and curtain walls; roofing systems and glass window systems.
Interiors and Finish Site Work (10 Clock Hours) – In this, our fourth of six courses, you will learn about: the different types of wall and interior partitions; the sequence of building interior partitions; different types of drywall and drywall finishes; the construction sequence for finishes; different options for paint, flooring, ceilings and casework and the sequence for installing specialties and furniture options. You will also learn valuable information about: variables to consider when designing asphalt paving; construction sequences for curb, gutter and asphalt paving; hardscape options including paths, drives and walls; construction sequencing for landscaping and other items to complete the site work.
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & AV-Tel-Data (20 Clock Hours) – In this, our fifth of six courses, you will learn about: thermal comfort; indoor air quality; the types and major components of a mechanical system; the purpose of HVAC controls; how plumbing systems function; domestic water, drain, waste and vent lines; common electrical terminology; components of the electrical distribution system; and emergency and standby power. You will also learn valuable information about: components and construction sequence for a tele-data system; components and construction sequence for an audio-visual system; and components and construction sequence for a security system.
Fire Protection, Startup/Testing & Closeout (10 Clock Hours) – In this, our last of the six courses, you will learn about: wet-pipe fire suppression system; dry-pipe fire suppression system; the purpose and components of a fire alarm system; fire alarm inputs, controls and outputs; typical life-safety requirements; elevator types and construction sequencing; final MEP system activities; the purpose of commissioning. You will also learn valuable information about: the purpose of a punchlist and the punchlist process; typical requirements for a certificate of occupancy; typical requirements for final completion; and the process to turnover a building and the requirements for post-occupancy.
The courses listed above are included in this training bundle. Each course will be scheduled one at a time in the sequence listed. Each course will be scheduled immediately after one another, unless requested otherwise.
Can I work at my own pace?
Yes. You can work at your own pace. Each course is 18 days long. You will have two weeks and three weekends to complete the course. There are set deliverable schedules which are addressed in the course syllabus.
Online Course Start Dates
Please click here to see the online course schedule. Online courses begin every three weeks. Courses begin on a Friday and are 18-days long.
Software & Internet Bandwidth
There is not any software required for these courses, other than Adobe Acrobat, which is included on your computer. Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth with a download speed of 10 Mbps.
- Fundamental working knowledge of the Windows environment.
- There is no software required for this course. You need to have good Internet quality bandwidth.
- Competency in reading and writing English
- All course training is in English. That includes oral, written, media-based and other administrative communication.
BUNDLE PAYMENT SCHEDULE
- This Training Bundle can be paid in full or paid with an initial payment of $200 and then 5 more payments of $150.00 made every 30 days from the date of purchase. Payment plans are based on one course at a time. For a more accelerated schedule, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619-758-9300.
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VDCI Digital Badge
- Digital Badge is earned when you complete your Bundle
- Share your VDCI Digital Badge in your LinkedIn profile
- Display your VDCI Badge in your resume or eSignature
- Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader
- No textbook required
- Career Options (PDF/200KB)