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Career Diploma - Carpenter

Penn Foster Career School's Carpenter Career Diploma Program could help students develop an understanding of building materials and strengthen the skills needed to complete everything from framing to finishing. Read on for more information about this online diploma program.

Official Program Name:

Carpenter Career Diploma

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

From reading construction drawings to completing finishing tasks, the Carpenter Career Diploma program at Penn Foster Career School focuses on all aspects of interior and exterior building construction. Through course studies and practical exercises, students can learn how to frame walls and roofs, install doors and windows, hang drywall, lay down flooring, install siding, and build decks and porches. The curriculum also includes courses that teach the safe use of hand and power tools, lumber characteristics, building codes, and basic math skills applicable to the carpentry trade. Students interested in applying what they've learned can opt to complete work experience under the supervision of a professional contractor once they've completed their coursework.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

Students in the Carpenter Career Diploma program are supplied with necessary textbooks, instructional videos, an architect scale, and a construction print set. Two reference textbooks are given to graduates as gifts. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also offered.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments, so students graduate without debt.

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Required Courses for the Carpenter Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Starting Your Program
  • Introduction to the Building Trades
  • Math for Trades
  • Understanding Construction Drawings
  • Building Codes and Building Layouts
  • Lumber, Building Materials, and Fasteners
  • Hand Tools and Power Tools
  • Foundations and Concrete Work
  • Floor Framing
  • Wall and Stair Framing
  • Roof Styles, Framing, and Finishing
  • Windows, Doors, and Insulation
  • Siding, Porches, and Decks
  • Drywall Techniques
  • Interior Finish
  • Finish Floors and Ceilings

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Penn Foster's Carpenter Career Diploma program could further develop their skills in an associate's degree program. A degree might be needed for those who wish to advance into roles such as construction manager or lead carpenter.

Associate's degree programs that graduates might consider include, but are not limited to:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Carpentry
  • Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management Technology

Career Paths:

Having been awarded the Carpenter Career Diploma, graduates could seek employment as carpenters or carpenter helpers for construction companies and contractors or as self-employed professionals. They could build residential or commercial building foundations, walls, or flooring; install and spackle drywall; install roofing shingles; build decks, sheds, or other outdoor structures; hang doors and install windows; and apply moldings and trim around doors and windows.

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