Program Description

The Carpentry Diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the carpentry industry. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of carpentry theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a carpentry diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level residential carpenter or entry-level commercial carpenter.

Nature of the Work

Carpenters construct, repair, and install building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials.


Carpenters typically do the following:

  • Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
  • Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
  • Measure, cut, and shape wood, plastic, and other materials
  • Construct building frameworks, including walls, floors, and doorframes
  • Erect, level, and install building framework with the aid of rigging hardware and cranes
  • Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
  • Instruct and direct laborers and other construction helpers

Carpenters are a versatile occupation in the construction industry, with workers usually doing many different tasks. For example, some carpenters insulate office buildings and others install drywall or kitchen cabinets in homes. Those who help construct tall buildings or bridges often install wooden concrete forms for cement footings or pillars and are commonly referred to as rough carpenters. Rough carpenters also erect shoring and scaffolding for buildings.

Carpenters use many different tools to cut and shape wood, plastic, fiberglass, or drywall. They commonly use hand tools, including squares, levels, and chisels, as well as many power tools, such as sanders, circular saws, nail guns, and welding machines.

Carpenters fasten materials together with nails, screws, staples, and adhesives, and check their work to ensure that it is precisely completed. They use tape measures on nearly every project to quickly measure distances. Many employers require applicants to supply their own tools. (source:


Carpenters are employed throughout the country in almost every community and make up the second largest building trades occupation.They held over one million jobs in 2016.

About 27.32% worked in the residential building construction industry, and about 15.4% worked in non-residential building construction. Most of the rest of wage and salary carpenters worked for manufacturing firms, government agencies, retail establishments, and a wide variety of other industries. Some carpenters change employers each time they finish a construction job. Others alternate between working for a contractor and working as contractors themselves on small jobs, depending on where the work is available. (source:

Job Outlook

Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Population growth should result in more new-home construction—the largest segment employing carpenters—which will require many new workers. The construction of factories and power plants is also expected to result in some new job opportunities in the next ten years.

The increasing popularity of modular and prefabricated components and homes, however, may limit the demand for more carpenters. Roof assemblies, bathrooms, windows, and even entirely prefabricated buildings can be manufactured in a separate facility and then assembled onsite. Installing prefabricated components reduces a labor-intensive and time-consuming aspect of a carpenter’s job. source:


The median annual wage for carpenters was $45,170 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,790, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $80,350. (source:
There are no available degrees at this time, please check back with us regularly as new programs are added regularly.

NCCER Carpentry Diploma (42 hrs)
core courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development
NCCER Carpentry Diploma
occupational courses
COFC 1080 Construction Trades Core
CARP 1000 Fundamental Carpentry Skills
CARP 1015 Structural Framing I
CARP 1020 Structural Framing II
CARP 1025 Intermediate Carpentry Techniques
CARP 1035 Advanced Carpentry I
CARP 1055 Advanced Carpentry II
CARP 1056 Advanced Commercial Carpentry
XXXX xxxx Occupational Related Elective 3

NCCER Carpentry Fundamentals: CF21
COFC 1080 Construction Trades Core
CARP 1000 Fundamental Carpentry Skills
CARP 1015 Structural Framing I
CARP 1020 Structural Framing II

*All program information subject to change without notice.

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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.


Min. ScoresDegreeDiploma
Sentence Skills   60
Reading Comp.   55
Arithmetic   34
Algebra   N/A