Curriculum & Certification





Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT)
HBI’s award-winning Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) curriculum integrates performance-based learning in the building trades with vocational and academic skills training and includes life skills, career development, and on-the-job training. PACT curriculum aligns closely with STEM, is based on NAHB’s Green Building Standard™ and National Skills Standards, and is one of only three pre-apprenticeship curricula recognized by the Department of Labor (DOL).

The National Skills Standards are available upon request here 

License the PACT curriculum for your school or nonprofit program!

HBI’s PACT program includes:

  • Instructor training and certification 
  • Instructor mentorship and customer support 
  • Instructor and student workbooks 
  • Certification assessments 
  • Access to HBI’s online learning management system, CTEtechWorks

Click here to download the PACT factsheet – PACT One Pager 2021.pdf 

Learn more about the Schools to Skills grant

The Schools to Skills grant initiative is funded by The Home Depot Foundation and allows schools to launch or enhance career technical education programs using HBI’s nationally recognized PreApprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) curriculum. Learn more and consider applying for the next round of funding. 

Click here to contact HBI for more information about PACT. 

Get certified in PACT Core or a specific trade of your choosing.

PACT Core training includes: 

Unit 1: Introduction to the Building Trades 

Unit 2: Construction Math 

Unit 3: Tool Identification and Construction Materials 

Unit 4: Employability Skills 

Unit 5: Green Building (optional) 

Choose from 9 trades for trade specific training: 

Unit 6: Carpentry 

Unit 7: Electrical 

Unit 8: Plumbing 

Unit 9: Brick Masonry 

Unit 10: Landscaping 

Unit 11: Painting and Finishing 

Unit 12: Building Construction Technology (BCT) 

Unit 13: Weatherization 

Unit 14: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) 

HBI’s certification assessments, offered through NOCTI, are based on National Skills Standards, and are recognized by 140,000 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) members. 

If you are a student in a career technical education program that is an authorized NOCTI testing site, this option is for you. Go to the Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) and the Residential Construction Academy pages on NOCTI’s site to learn more. 

If you are an instructor, a professional in the industry or a company that wants to offer a third-party certification to your workforce, certifications can be earned through an online assessment via NOCTI Business Solutions. The first step is to complete and submit a registration application here 

Participants who meet or exceed passing levels are eligible to apply for certification. Upon approval, HBI awards applicable certifications. 

HBI partnered with The Ohio State University (OSU) to offer online instructor certification to ensure consistency in teaching methodologies and knowledge competency when teaching to the National Skill Standards throughout the Residential Construction Academy (RCA) Series curriculum. It is a six-week online program that includes 16 online modules covering topics such as adult learning, curriculum planning, lesson plans and instructional strategies. 

Looking for a complete package? License our PACT curriculum and receive curriculum, student certification assessments, instructor certification, mentorship and more. 

Click here to contact HBI for more information about certifications.