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Mission, Vision & Core Values


To advance and provide education, career development, training and placement of men and women serving the building industry


To be the recognized source for career technical education in the building industry.



We strive to be the best in all of our endeavors.


We do what’s right because it is the right thing to do.


We think “safety first.”


We put the needs of our students and the expectations of our partners at the “heart’ of what we do.

The Tennessee Builders Education Foundation helps advance and provide education ,career development, training and placement of young men and women serving in the building industry. Our vision is to be the recognized source for career technical education in the building industry for the state of Tennessee. Through certification programs, mentoring, pre-apprenticeships, and job placement services, TBEF prepares its students with the skills and experience they need for successful careers in the residential construction industry.

If you are a high school student, be sure to ask your guidance counselor is available to you, and what are the steps to get involved. If you are a high school guidance counselor we welcome you to learn more about this valuable program, so you can offer it to your students.

9th Grade

Students learn the theory of residential building while they gain a solid foundation of the major trade areas, Instruction focuses on safety and first aid, construction too math, tools and materials, employability and green building practices.
  • PACT Core
  • Basic Principles of Construction

10th Grade

Students continue to learn about the daily activities associated with working in the industry, but begin to dive deeper into brick masonry, building construction technology (BCT), carpentry, electrical, landscaping, painting, and finishing, plumbing and weatherization. Students can discover their interest and narrow their focus on a specific trade area.

  • PACT–Building Construction Technology (BCT)
  • Basic Principles of Construction

11th Grade

Beginning in the 11th grade, students narrow their focus and choose a specific trade. Students learn the skills and techniques required of an entry-level professional.

  • Residential Construction Academy
  • RCA–Specialty Trade

12th Grade

Students continue to focus on their chosen trade in the 12th grade, but work-based learning provides an environment to apply the knowledge they’ve gained over the last four years on an actual job site.

  • Work-based learning
  • Residential Construction Academy (RCA)
  • Specialty Trade

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