High School Construction Career Pathway

Carpenters construct, repair, and install residential and commercial building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in construction after graduating from high school, our online high school carpentry classes can help you begin to prepare for a job in the field while you earn you diploma. You’ll complete your online high school core classes, like English, science, and math. In your Homeschool Carpentry Curriculum you will learn the basics of carpentry in five career-focused electives., then learn the basics of carpentry in five career-focused electives. Your carpentry courses are transferrable to Penn Foster’s Construction Trades Career Diploma Program, which can give you a head start on training to become a carpenter.






State Licensing

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

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Carpentry Career Pathways Courses

General High School Courses






Social Studies

Health & Physical Education

  • Technology Requirements - As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® Sierra Version 11.2 or later, access to a word processing program to complete written assignments, and an email account to complete this program with Penn Foster.

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Related Career Pathways


What is a carpenter?

Carpenters construct, repair, and install building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials. Carpenters often work as contractors or for construction companies on repairing and building residential and commercial properties.


How long does it take to learn carpentry?

Depending on your current carpentry knowledge, work experience, and education, it can take up to a year to learn the basics of carpentry. With Penn Foster’s carpentry pathway program, you’ll finish your high school courses and get a head start on learning how to become a carpenter.


How much does carpentry school cost?

Depending on the school or program you choose, the cost to attend a carpentry training program can vary. However, Penn Foster offers affordable tuition and payment plan options so you can earn your high school diploma, get a head start on training, and transfer to our online Construction Trades Career Diploma.


What are the duties and responsibilities of a carpenter?

Trained carpenters handle a variety of tasks depending on the job their working and their day-to-day duties can vary based on what needs to be done. Typically, carpenters will follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients on a project. They’ll frame and install structures and fixtures, build and install floors, walls, and doorways, and more.

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Carpenters." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed June 16, 2021

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.