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HBA Green Construction Trades Academy

Academy Overview

The Home Builders Association (HBA) of West Florida Green Construction Trades Academy focuses on broad, transferable skills, stresses the understanding of all aspects of the building construction industry, and demonstrates such elements of the industry as planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, and health, safety, and environmental issues.

The academy utilizes the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER - ) curriculum to prepare each student to enter into a career path within the architecture & construction career cluster and an opportunity to earn related industry certifications. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for Gold Seal/Bright Futures scholarships.

Course Goals

To provide students with:

An introduction to the construction industry.

The opportunity to obtain certifications With the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Certificates include Core, Carpentry 1 and carpentry 2    

Prepare students for a start in a career in the construction industry by the time they graduate from high school.   

Course Topics

Construction safety                      Employability skills

Construction math                       Reading blueprints

Construction materials                Hand tools

Power tools                                    Foundations

Floor framing                                 Wall framing

Roof framing                                  Exterior finish

Interior finish                                      


Careers can go from Carpenter, residential contractor, construction inspector, estimator, engineer, etc.   

About Me

Brian Metcalf

I have over 45 years of experience in construction. I started out as a teenager working with the family business building houses and doing handy man projects, went on from there to a 20 year career in the Naval Construction forces (Seabees) as a builder. For the last 24 Years I have been teaching Construction trades with the school district. I am also a Fl. State licensed home inspector and work part time as an inspector and construction estimator.