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Prepare for a Career in Carpentry

Penn Foster Career School's online carpentry training program includes practical hands-on exercises, as well as a work experience option that allows you to get real-world experience by applying the skills you've learned at a local facility in your community under the guidance of a building professional.

Why become a Carpenter?

With Penn Foster Career School, you can learn how to become a carpenter at home at a pace that’s right for you. This carpentry training program also includes tools and learning aids, such as an architect scale, construction print set, and instructional videos. When you graduate, you'll receive two reference textbooks: Finish Carpentry and Smart Business for Contractors.
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Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?

Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
Dedicated Success Coaches
Dedicated Success Coaches
You're guided by Certified Instructors, Success Coaches, Teaching Assistants, and Student Support Staff - all working to help you succeed.
Curriculum for Success
Curriculum for Success
Get the skills and knowledge to help you prepare for a career as a Carpenter.​
Self paced
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study and exam schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Proven Reputation
With 44,000 graduates in 2017 from our regionally and nationally accredited High School and Career School and nationally accredited College, you're in good hands!
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real time with other Carpentry students in the Penn Foster Community.
Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, informative videos, and personal coaches to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.

Carpentry Training Course Details

Penn Foster Career School’s online carpentry training will cover how to plan and prepare projects, implement and assess workplace and project requirements, as well as provide hands-on project practice.
Penn Foster Curriculum

Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.

Online Carpentry Tuition

With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your Carpentry training online today.
I graduated from the Carpenter, Home Inspector, Residential Electrician, HVAC Technician, Plumber, and Landscaping Technology Programs. They are all excellent programs! Penn Foster programs are great!
Alfred P.
Carpenter Graduate

Where Can I Get a Job as a Carpenter?

Carpenters may work for residential or nonresidential construction businesses and contractors. Many carpenters own their own business. Carpentry jobs are expected to increase by 8% which is faster than average in the coming years, which is much faster than the average occupation. The median pay for a carpenter is $46,590 per year.¹


Q. What does a carpenter do?

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

Q. What skills do you need to become a carpenter?

A. Becoming a carpenter requires skills in math, problem-solving skills, and qualities like dexterity, physical strength, and being a detail-oriented person.

Q. What is the average salary of a carpenter?

A. The average salary for an entry-level carpenter was $46,590 in 2018,¹ though pay can vary based on your location, the industry you work in, and your experience.

Q. What Industries can I work in as a carpenter?

A. Carpenters can work in a variety of settings including residential construction, non-residential construction, for contractor companies, or as a contractor themselves.

Q. What types of work can I do as a carpenter?

A. Most carpenters work indoors and outdoors, and can expect to be involved in construction projects from building highways to installing kitchen cabinets.

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Get started today on your path toward helping others as a Carpenter with Penn Foster Career School’s accredited, online program.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook," Carpenters, on the Internet here. Statistics found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are based on national data, so job growth and salary in your area may be different.