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COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS FOR CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION & CAREER ADVANCEMENT

The mission of Build Smart Institute™ is to educate and train individuals to become career-ready and advance within construction industry occupations. With a combination of virtual learning, classroom instruction and hands-on laboratory skill practice, Build Smart Institute will train you, test you, and give you the tools to be successful.

With Build Smart Institute™, YOU will stand out from the crowd.

Training Opportunities at Build Smart Institute

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Trades Training

Build Smart Institute offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced technical skills training in carpentry, electrical, heating and cooling, and plumbing.
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Professional Development

Professional Development courses help your employees who are ready to take on more responsibility or leadership positions gain the skills to excel.
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Customized Courses

Build Smart Institute offers and creates custom courses to meet the specific needs of your company.

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What's Happening at Build Smart Institute

  • Build Smart has classes starting in July. Register today!
  • Earn both college credit and industry-recognized credentials thanks to Build Smart & Ferrum College. Learn more.
  • Build Smart Celebrates the Graduating Class of 2024. Learn more.
  • Build Smart Employees Honored During Annual Home Builders Association of Virginia Conference. 
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Career Exploration

Career Exploration

 

Ideal for Middle School Students, High School Students, Adult Learners, & Apprenticeship Training.

Students Will Learn:

  • Basic Employability Skills
  • Basic Construction Materials
  • Basic Safety (including OSHA 10 Certification)
  • Construction Math
  • Blueprint Reading
  • & More!
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Career Preparation

Career Preparation

Designed for Apprenticeship Participants, Recent High School Graduates, Displaced Workers & Career Opportunity Seekers.

Classes May Include:
  • DOLI Apprentice Classroom Hours
  • Technical Trade-Specific Training
  • Building Assembly Training
  • Safety Training
  • & More!
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Career Advancement

Career Advancement

Perfect for Construction Professionals, Established Tradesmen, Project Managers & Project Seekers.

Programs Can Include:
  • Introduction to Lean Construction
  • Superintendent Training
  • Project Management Training
  • Mentor Training
  • & More!

BuildSmartVirtual Portal 

An online learning portal provided by Build Smart Institute™, BuildSmartVirtual.com was created to support construction training. Classroom sessions aren’t always an option. With a virtual learning approach, BuildSmartVirtual can be utilized as a stand-alone knowledge competency instructional program or a hybridized approach with blended virtual and classroom learning. BuildSmartVirtual provides hybrid learning for the 21st Century student.
Learning Tracks for Students to Monitor Progress
Training Videos for Construction Industry Relevant Topics
Knowledge Quizzes to Validate Subject Competency
Competency Badges to Keep Students Motivated
Construction Industry Safety Training
Online Training for a Variety of Construction Tools
Learn Plumbing, Electric, and Framing Basics
Optional In-Person, Hands-On Training at Build Smart Institute™ Available
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Courses

Build Smart Institute™ offers :
Core Fundamentals Construction, which includes:
  • Safety & PPE Module
  • Tape Measure Module
  • Marking Module
  • Hand Tools Module
  • Construction Materials Module
  • Power Tools Module
  • Power Saws Module
  • Levels and Squaring Module
Additional courses, include:
  • Introduction to Plumbing
  • Introduction to Electrical
  • Introduction to Framing
  • Customizable Program combining requested modules
  • Apprentice Training (DOLI certified program)
  • Train the Mentor (Apprentice Mentorship Training)
  • Lean Management
  • Project Management
  • Superintendent Training
Register for Your Class Today

Core Fundamentals Construction

This comprehensive course offers participants a variety of valuable modules, including:
  • Safety & PPE Module
  • Tape Measure Module
  • Marking Module
  • Hand Tools Module
  • Construction Materials Module
  • Power Tools Module
  • Power Saws Module
  • Levels and Squaring Module

Additional Courses Available

Students and professionals can also choose from a wide range of other courses, including:
  • Introduction to Plumbing
  • Introduction to Electrical
  • Introduction to Framing
  • Customizable Program combining requested modules
  • Apprentice Training (DOLI certified program)
  • Train the Mentor (Apprentice Mentorship Training)
  • Introduction to Lean Construction
  • Project Management
  • Superintendent Training

Which Class Do You Want to Join?

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Endorsements, Affiliates and Accreditations

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    HBI - Home Builders Institute

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    NAHB - National Association of Home Builders

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    NCCER - National Center for Construction Education and Research

  • DOLI logo

    DOLI - Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Labor and Industry

  • virginia career workers logo

    VCW - Virginia Career Works

Endorsements, Affiliates and Accreditations

hbi-logo

HBI - Home Builders Institute

nahb logo

NAHB - National Association of Home Builders

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NCCER - National Center for Construction Education and Research

DOLI logo

DOLI - Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Labor and Industry

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VCW - Virginia Career Works

hbi-logo

HBI - Home Builders Institute

nahb logo

NAHB - National Association of Home Builders

NCCER LOGO text

NCCER - National Center for Construction Education and Research

DOLI logo

DOLI - Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Labor and Industry

virginia career workers logo

VCW - Virginia Career Works

hbi-logo

HBI - Home Builders Institute

nahb logo

NAHB - National Association of Home Builders

NCCER LOGO text

NCCER - National Center for Construction Education and Research

DOLI logo

DOLI - Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Labor and Industry

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VCW - Virginia Career Works

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