Commercial Carpenter

Program Overview

The Commercial Carpenter certificate program provides instruction in the field of commercial construction. Topics include site layout, footings,and foundations, concrete forming, site development, steel rigging and reinforcing, and an internship/practicum opportunity. 

Carpenters with specialized or all-around skill will have better opportunities forsteady work than carpenters who can perform only a few relatively simple, routine tasks. Job opportunities may also vary by geographic area.Construction activity parallels the movement of people and businesses and reflects differences in local economic conditions. The areas withthe largest population increases will also provide the best opportunities for jobs as carpenters and for apprenticeships for people seeking tobecome carpenters. Employment of carpenters is expected to increase by 13% during the 2008-2018 decade, as fast as the average for alloccupations. Some of the demand for carpenters, however, will be offset by expected productivity gains resulting from the increasing use ofprefabricated components and improved fasteners and tools. Some of the demand will depend on spending by Federal and stategovernments as they attempt to upgrade and repair existing infrastructures, such as highways, bridges, and public buildings.


Entrance Requirements

Admissions Requirements
  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Completion of high school or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
  • Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar
  • Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate


Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Occupational Curriculum (9 hours)
Introduces the concepts and practices of basic site layout, footings, and foundation construction. Students will use layout equipment for onsite laboratory practice. Topics include: zoning restrictions and codes, batter board installation, builder\'s level, squaring methods, footings, plot plan interpretation, materials estimation, foundation types, foundation forms, edge forms, waterproofing, soil testing and excavation.
Provides instruction in the identification and installation of a variety of doors, frames, and door hardware for commercial construction applications. Topics include: door types, door hardware, thresholds, weatherstripping, and overhead doors.
This course provides instruction in the development of construction sites with an emphasis on surveying, materials and processes for concrete forming and usage, and the various methods and materials used in the handling and rigging of steel components.
and one of the following (4 hours)
This course introduces the procedures and methods for identifying materials, cost estimating, and installation of interior finishes and trim. Topics include materials identification, cost estimating, trim, insulation, doors, gypsum wallboard, and paneling used in finishing jobs.
The Carpentry Internship/Practicum course allows students the opportunity to complete an internship with a local business or industry, or to undertake a practical project in a lab setting if internship opportunities are not available.