Carpentry Fundamentals Certificate (CF21)

The Carpentry Fundamentals certificate program introduces the student to the basic level of carpentry skills. Topics include introduction to the trade, safety, hand and power tool usage, site layout, structural framing, building envelope systems, and exterior finishes. The program emphasizes a combination of carpentry theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates have the qualifications of an entry-level framing carpenter.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Carpentry Fundamentals certificate program will be prepared for employment as entry-level residential or commercial carpenters. Graduates may be employed by general construction contractors or specialized trade sub-contractors.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 55 60 34 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 224 236 229 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA

Carpentry Fundamentals Curriculum

The curriculum for the Carpentry Fundamentals certificate program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program any semester. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 13 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 255 contact hours and generally takes 2 semesters to complete.

Program Courses

Occupational Courses (13 Credits)

COFC 1080Construction Trades Core


CARP 1000Fundamental Carpentry Skills


CARP 1015Structural Framing I


CARP 1020Structural Framing II


Program Costs

Tuition: ($100 per credit hour) $1,300

Fees: ($385 per semester) $770

Books/Supplies: $350

Liability Insurance: Liability Insurance (click to find your program)

Course Supply Fees: Construction (click to find individual course fees)

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)