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Prepare for a Career in Construction Trades

Penn Foster Career School’s online Construction Trades Course includes practical hands-on exercises, as well as a work opportunity 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 contracting professional.

Why become a Carpenter?

The carpentry industry provides full-time work opportunities with residential and commercial contractors, as well as the opportunity to be self-employed. In addition, the median pay for a carpenter is $48,330 per year.¹ With Penn Foster career school, you can study how to become a carpenter at home at a pace that’s right for you. Jobs you can pursue after graduation include:

  • Carpenter
  • Construction Carpenter
  • Rough Carpenter
  • Wood Floor Installer
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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
A Committed Support System
While you can study at home, you're not alone! Our dedicated Student Services Department, Student Community, and instructors are just a call or email away.
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 schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Proven Reputation
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real time with other Carpentry students in the Penn Foster Community.

Interactive Online Training Focused on Job Readiness

As industry demands and learning styles change, Penn Foster is investing in next-generation updates to our programs. With our newly released next-generation training platforms, we make it easier than ever to reskill and upskill learners like you for today’s most in-demand roles. With interactive learning aids, fresh content, and our proven Learn-Practice-Apply instruction model, you can be sure you are getting the most comprehensive training in today’s top industries. Take a sneak peek at our newly released learning platforms.

Carpentry Training Course Details

Penn Foster Career School’s online construction trades 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 Construction Trades, 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 own their own business. Carpenters work on different tasks in their job, including installing drywall or kitchen cabinets, insulating office buildings, erecting and shoring scaffolding, and more. The median pay for a carpenter is $48,330 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 $48,330 in 2019,¹ 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(visited March 30, 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.