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Online Carpentry Training Course Details

Penn Foster Career School’s online Carpentry training program consists of seven courses to help you gain the knowledge and skills relevant to learn carpentry. You'll learn carpentry basics, such as design techniques and principles, as well as learn the use of construction materials, processes, and tools. Classes include preparing and implementing interior and exterior projects.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

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...
  • Outline design techniques and principles in the production and interpretation of basic blueprints and architectural drawings to follow specifications and meet the needs of clients
  • Describe composition and usage of construction materials and the processes and tools required for assembly
  • List measurement methods and mathematical processes necessary to prepare and implement construction-related projects
  • Determine quantities and sizes of construction materials and their related installation processes by applying formulas
  • 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

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.

Objectives:

  • 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

Objectives:

  • Learn about career opportunities in the carpentry industry and the demand for skilled workers.
  • Describe professional organizations.
  • Address safety concerns.

Math for Trades

Objective:

  • 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.

Understanding Construction Drawings

Objective:

  • Explain the elements used in construction drawings relating to the shape, style, and design of a building.
Building Codes and Building Layout

Objective:

  • Explain the methods and building and zoning codes used to construct foundations.
Lumber, Building Materials, and Fasteners

Objective:

  • Describe the characteristics of lumber used in building construction.
Practical Exercise 2

At this point in your program, you will have a practical exercise to complete.

Additional Unit Materials

Textbook: Carpentry & Building Construction, 1st edition, McGraw Hill

Supplement: How to Use Your Architect Scale

Equipment:

  • Architect scale
  • Construction print set

Hand Tools and Power Tools

Objective:

  • Explain the various uses and safety procedures to be used with power tools.
Foundations and Concrete Work

Objective:

  • Explain the various characteristics and components of concrete.
Practical Exercise 3

At this point in your program, you will have a practical exercise to complete.

Additional Unit Material

Textbook: Foundations and Concrete Work

Floor Framing

Objective:

  • Describe the various framing systems used in building construction.
Wall and Stair Framing

Objective:

  • Explain the methods used for framing walls and stairways.
Roof Styles, Framing, and Finishing

Objective:

  • Explain how to apply different roofing materials.
Practical Exercise 4

At this point in your program, you will have a practical exercise to complete.

Additional Unit Materials

Videos:

  • Framing Floors & Stairs
  • Framing Walls
  • Framing Roofs

Windows, Doors, and Insulation

Objective:

  • Explain how to properly install doors and windows to ensure proper insulation and ventilation.
Siding, Porches, and Decks

Objectives:

  • Describe how to properly install siding and decks.
Practical Exercise 5

At this point in your program, you will have a practical exercise to complete.

Additional Unit Material

Video: Building Decks

Drywall Techniques

Objective:

  • Explain how to properly install drywall.
Interior Finish

Objectives:

  • Describe how to finish installing doors, windows, and stairs.
Finish Floors and Ceilings

Objective:

  • Describe how to install ceiling and flooring.
Practical Exercise 6

At this point in your program, you will have a practical exercise to complete.

Additional Unit Materials

Textbook: Drywall: Professional Techniques for Great Results

Supplement: Work Experience Option

Video: Drywall Hanging & Taping

When you graduate, you'll receive...

Textbooks:

  • Finish Carpentry
  • Smart Business for Contractors

(Sent to you when all program requirements and financial obligations have been met.)

Additional Details

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 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. This is particularly important for residents of California and Florida.
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.

Penn Foster Career School Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

DEAC
MSA
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Progress Tracking and Goal Setting Tools

Our customizable goal-setting tools will help you create a schedule and stick to it. Need some extra time to complete a lesson or take an exam? Not a problem — you can adjust your study plan at any time to set a pace that works for you.
Progress Tracking and Goal Setting Tools
Penn Foster Student Community

Student Community

Looking to connect with other Penn Foster students? Our Student Community is the perfect place for you to interact with your peers — as well as Penn Foster faculty and staff — to discuss your online learning experience, congratulate fellow students, and share your Penn Foster experience.

Sample Carpentry Training Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a Carpentry training course would look like.
Sample Carpentry Training Lesson
Computer Specifications
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.
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