Interior/Exterior Building Maintenance

The Interior/Exterior Building Maintenance Technical Certificate Program is designed to help students develop advanced technical skills and competencies related to maintaining the physical appearance and integrity of an apartment community. Students will learn procedures for maintaining grounds and landscape items, procedures for maintaining outdoor amenities such as basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and children’s play areas, procedures for repairing exterior components such as roofs, gutters, down spouts, exterior walls, screens, windows, patios, and decks, and procedures for repairing interior components such as ceilings, walls, floors, stairs, doors, cabinets, trim, and baseboards. In addition, students will learn about tools used in the trade, construction materials, governmental regulations, energy conservation, and planned maintenance activities.

This program consists of 4 courses and 1 workshop.
INT101 - Grounds, Scenery & Curb Appeal
INT102 - Outdoor Amenities
INT103 - Exterior Building Maintenance
INT104 - Interior Building Maintenance
INT105 - Final & Inspection (Workshop)

There are no prerequisites… but we recommend that students pursue the courses as sequenced above, and mainly because, the set of courses are designed to build upon each other.

AC/C TECH utilizes the Carnegie clock-to-credit hour conversion for academic purposes; and therefore, the following is a breakdown of our Interior/Exterior Building Maintenance program:

Interior/Exterior Building Maintenance
Technical Certificate Program
Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Externship
Hours
Total
Hours
Clock Credit Clock Credit Clock Credit Clock Credit
Grounds, Scenery & Curb Appeal 20.0 1.33 10.0 0.33 15.0 0.33 45.0 2.0
Outdoor Amenities 20.0 1.33 10.0 0.33 15.0 0.33 45.0 2.0
Exterior Building Maintenance 20.0 1.33 10.0 0.33 15.0 0.33 45.0 2.0
Interior Building Maintenance 20.0 1.33 10.0 0.33 15.0 0.33 45.0 2.0
Final & Inspection (Workshop) 1.0 0.06 1.0 0.03 4.5 0.10 6.5 0.2
Totals 81.0 5.40 41.0 1.36 64.5 1.43 186.5 8.2

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Select procedures for maintaining grounds and landscape items.
  • Identify and repair deficiencies at outdoor amenities (such as basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and children’s play areas).
  • Identify and repair deficiencies at exterior building components.
  • Identify and repair deficiencies at interior building components.
  • Develop professional documentation of tasks completed and customer relation skills.
  • Apply Interior/Exterior Building maintenance skills within industry standards and governmental regulations.

Graduates will be awarded a Technical Certificate in Interior/Exterior Building Maintenance.

Academic Calendar

Students are assigned one course monthly until graduating from the program. No courses will be assigned during the months of June, July, and August because administrators from the apartment industry prefer 100% participation towards restoring vacated apartment units during summer months. In contrast, if a student fails a course, he/she may retake the course during June, July, and August. This waiver allows everyone to remain on schedule towards pursuing subsequent courses and graduating together.

The table below represents how a typical student will progress through the program.

Course Date Location
INT101 - Grounds, Scenery & Curb Appeal February, 2022 Online Training
INT102 - Outdoor Accessories March, 2022 Online Training
INT103 - Exterior Maintenance April, 2022 Online Training
INT104 - Interior Maintenace May, 2022 Online Training
INT105 - Final & Inspection (Workshop) May, 2022 Online Training

Course Descriptions

INT101 - Grounds, Scenery & Curb Appeal

This course studies the basic approach to improving the appearance of an apartment community, but with an emphasis on curb appeal. Students will learn how to maintain signs, gates, fences, flags and flag poles, walkways, trash barriers, grass, fertilizer, mulch, shrubbery, pots, and planters. The students will learn the importance of maintaining these items and developing positive impressions.

INT102 - Outdoor Accessories

This course develops skill in maintaining a basketball court, tennis court, volleyball court, and/or children’s play area. The students will learn how to maintain the court surface, make minor repairs, and remove obstacles that may be considered hazardous. Also covered are water fountain maintenance, sidewalk and step maintenance, and barbeque pit and fire pit maintenance. Emphasis will be placed on keeping these items in good condition because they illustrate the quality of a facility or community.

INT103 - Exterior Maintenance

This course develops skills in making repairs outside the residence. The students will learn how to repair roofs, gutters and down spouts, exterior walls, screens and windows, doors and door locks, porches, patios, and decks. Also covered are safety awareness, tool selection, and construction materials. But most importantly, the students will learn to make repairs in safe, efficient, and productive manners.

INT104 - Interior Maintenance

This course develops skills in maintaining the interior upkeep of a property and to ensure that all vacant apartment units are thoroughly restored to a “market ready” condition, and in a timely manner. More specifically, students will learn procedures for repairing interior components such as ceilings, walls, floors, stairs, doors, cabinets, trim, and baseboards. They will also inspect appliances, HVAC equipment, plumbing fixtures, and the electrical system for safety and functionality.

INT105 - Final & Inspection (Workshop)

This course develops skills in making final preparations before a facility can be leased. It mainly covers touch-up work that may have been damaged during the punch-out or cleaning process. It also covers inspections to assure that the facility is clean, all appliances are working properly, and that all repairs were made in a professional manner.

Tuition & Fees

Item Description Cost
Tuition 4 Courses @ $250 Each, 1 Workshop @ $75 $1,075.00
Required Books The Complete Photo Guide To Outdoor Home Improvement
by Black & Decker
ISBN 1-58923-043-4
$34.95
  The Complete Photo Guide To Indoor Home Improvement
by Black & Decker
$34.95
Required General Tools Plastic Tool Box with Lock, 25 Ft. Tape Measure, 16 oz Hammer, Utility (Box) Knife, 15" Utility Bar, Phillips & Standard Screw Driver Set, 6 in 1 Screw Driver, 12" Adjustable Wrench, 12" Channel Locks, 10" Slip Joint Pliers, 8" Needle Nose Pliers, 8" Lineman Pliers, Torpedo Level, Wire Strippers, Wire Rippers & Gauge, GFI Receptacle Tester, 6" Drywall Taping Knife, and Hand Sander or Sanding block. $218.43
Required Specialty Tools Power Miter Saw, Cordless Trim Saw, Cordless Jig Saw, and Cordless Drill & Bits. $886.00
Required Safety Equipment Cloth Gloves, Eye Protection and Dust Masks $10.52
Uniforms Recommended $160.00
  Total Cost $2,419.85
Note: Students are responsible for acquiring books, tools, and supplies. Acquiring uniforms is optional. The fees are based on pricing from Menards website, however, the items can be obtained from any source. There are no other fees.