Carpentry Career Diploma Overview
You can learn how to become a carpenter with Penn Foster Career School's Carpentry diploma program in as little as five months. The curriculum in this online 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.
Carpentry jobs are expected to increase 24% in the coming years, which is much faster than the average occupation.¹ With Penn Foster Career School, you can train at home at a pace that’s right for you. This 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.
Program Goal and Outcomes
To prepare students for an entry-level career as a carpenter in the residential and light commercial construction fields.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Comprehend design techniques and principles in the production and interpretation of basic blueprints and architectural drawings to follow specifications and meet the needs of clients
- Understand composition and usage of construction materials and the processes and tools required for assembly
- Understand measurement methods and mathematical processes necessary to prepare and implement construction-related projects
- Know formulas and their applications to determine quantities and sizes of construction materials and their related installation processes
- Recall established rules and regulations related to the workplace and project requirements
- Recognize how to solve problems by adjusting project plans including types and installation methods of materials and related equipment
Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.
- Understand how to use your Student Portal.
- Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
- Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
Introduction to the Building Trades
- Learn about career opportunities in the carpentry industry and the demand for skilled workers.
- Describe professional organizations.
- Address safety concerns.
Math for Trades
- Learn basic math skills encountered in the carpentry field.
Practical Exercise 1
At this point in your program, you will have a practical exercise to complete.
When you graduate, you'll receive...
- Finish Carpentry
- Smart Business for Contractors
(Sent to you when all program requirements and financial obligations have been met.)
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.
To view a sample lesson from our carpentry courses, click here.
Carpenter Program Details
In the Penn Foster Career School online carpenter program, you'll study topics such as:
- Blueprint reading and site preparation
- Building codes and layouts
- Lumber, building materials, and fasteners
- Framing for floors, stairs, and exterior and interior walls
- Hand tools and power tools
Start your online carpentry training courses today by contacting an admissions specialist or enroll now.
Carpenter Student Discount Program
Woodworkers Guild of America Video Resources
Students enrolled in the Carpentry Career Diploma Training Program are eligible for discounted rates for the Woodworkers Guild of America premium online how-to videos. This video resource site can serve as a supplement to your Penn Foster Career School program, but is not required to complete your coursework. Learn more about this offer here.
State Licensing Information
Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.