Lecture-Based Classes (Languages, Interior Decorating, Landscaping, Writing Memoirs, etc.) Technical Standards

Purpose Statement

All students in the lecture-based classes are expected to meet certain technical standards which are essential for the successful completion of all phases of the program, and which reflect industry requirements and standards. To verify the student’s ability to perform these essential functions, students may be required to demonstrate the technical standards below.

Meeting these technical standards does not guarantee employment in this field upon graduation. The ability to meet the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for any certification exams or successful completion of the program.


Technical StandardDefinition of StandardsExamples
Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving SkillsAbility to understand, apply, evaluate, and analyze information.
  • Receive, interpret, and correctly complete assignments (e.g.: reading, research, writing, and presentations).
  • Receive and interpret instructions, applying new information in order to complete assignments (e.g. reading, research, writing, and presentations).
  • Access both print and electronic resource material.
Interpersonal SkillsAbilities are sufficient to interact with individuals from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Establish rapport with others participating in projects.
  • Provide feedback to the instructor to ensure a clear understanding of the instructions and demonstrations provided.
Communication SkillsAbilities are sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
  • Speak and write clearly in standard English (unless the course specifies otherwise).
  • Convey information clearly to others in a timely manner.
  • Follow written or verbal directions.
  • Demonstrate active listening skills.
  • Receive and send written information electronically.
Coping SkillsPossess emotional stability sufficient to assume responsibility for actions. Maintain composure in a professional setting.
  • Adapt to changes in the environment.
  • Receive and apply constructive feedback.
  • Minimizes stress and conflict.
Mobility/Motor SkillsPhysical abilities are sufficient to move in one’s environment with ease and without restriction.
  • Sit for extended periods of time, up to 8 hours, or stand for alternatives during long class days, with or without breaks.
Auditory SkillsAuditory abilities are sufficient for classroom participation.
  • Discern the instructor’s direction.
  • Distinguish and respond to sound.
Visual SkillsVisual ability is sufficient for observation and assessment.
  • View projected and printed material.
Tactile SkillsTactile ability is sufficient for written communication or handling in-class presentations and tools.
  • Assess, examine, and interpret findings through touch, i.e. Interior design textiles.
  • Use writing utensils: pencils, pens, and keyboards for example.
EnvironmentalAbility to tolerate environmental stressors.
  • Practice standard safety precautions.
  • Ability to stay on task for at least two hours, with or without breaks.
Emotional/BehavioralEmotional stability is sufficient to maintain composure in stressful situations and assume responsibility/accountability for actions.
  • Adapt rapidly to changing environments and/or stress.
  • Calmly receive feedback.
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity beyond reproach.
  • Ability to exercise calm and restraint in classroom situations while following through with classroom assignments.


In the case of an otherwise qualified individual with a documented disability, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be made unless doing so would fundamentally alter the essential training elements, cause undue hardship, or produce a direct threat to the safety of the patient or student.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is invested in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Support Services is part of Student Services and is located in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center. For detailed information or to request accommodations visit Support Services. An appointment is recommended prior to enrollment in order to discuss any special concerns.