Where Can I Find Woodworking Classes in the Orlando Area?

Sep 26, 2018

There aren't many schools in the areas surrounding Orlando that have woodworking programs. To discover which one is right for you, read an overview of a program and requirements at a school located within about 80 miles of the city's center.

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Orlando Woodworking Schools

Since there aren't any schools offering woodworking programs within 50 miles of Orlando, students must look to distant Florida colleges for training in the field. Learn about the focus areas and coursework required at one institution less than 2 hours from the central part of the city. Feel free to also take a look at the table of school statistics for details on the school.

  • Erwin Technical Center can be found in Tampa about 82 miles from downtown Orlando. The school offers a diploma in carpentry.

School Information

Erwin Technical Center
School Type 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 1,015*
Campus Setting Large city
Tuition and Fees (2019) $3,815.19 (estimated program cost)**
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 68%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - open admission
Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017) 81% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (students who began in Fall 2014-2015) 72%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Erwin Technical Center

Erwin Technical Center

This school's carpentry program provides students with hands-on training in aspects of the building construction cycle.

Carpentry (Residential and Commercial) Diploma

This program can be completed in 14 months. Topics include roof and wall framing, cabinetmaking, blueprint reading, exterior and interior trim, shop safety, leveling instruments and carpentry tools. Graduates may want to consider enrolling in a local apprenticeship program for additional professional training. With 4-5 years of field experience and 3 letters of recommendation, graduates may qualify to take a contractor's licensure exam in their specialized area of expertise.

Other Schools

Students living in Orlando can also find apprenticeship program options about 87 miles away in Tampa at Hillsborough Community College and 108 miles away in Palatka at Saint Johns River State College. In addition to traditional schools, a retail store 10 miles from downtown Orlando called Woodcraft of Orlando offers single-day classes. Also, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Training Centers has a location in SE Orlando.

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