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Online Construction Class Details

Penn Foster Career School’s online Construction Trades program consists of courses to help you gain the knowledge and skills relevant to learn carpentry. You’ll learn construction trades 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 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.
 

Objectives:

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

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.

 

Objective:

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

Objective:

  • Explain the methods and building and zoning codes used to construct foundations.
 

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

 

Objective:

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

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

 

Objective:

  • Describe the various framing systems used in building construction.
 

Objective:

  • Explain the methods used for framing walls and stairways.
 

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.

 

Objective:

  • Explain how to properly install doors and windows to ensure proper insulation and ventilation.
 

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

 

Objective:

  • Explain how to properly install drywall.
 

Objectives:

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

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 Construction Trades 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

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? 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 Construction 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 Construction training course would look like.
Sample Construction Training Lesson
Computer Specifications
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® or later, and an email account to complete this program.
We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
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