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Carpentry C510300


Meeting Times
Estimated Cost
Day / Evening
03/14/2022M 8am-1pm; T-F 8am-2pm

Course Info


14 Months (1200 clock hours)

Monday 8 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2 pm
(Summer schedule) Monday- Thursday 8 am - 2:45 pm

Program Standards:
CASAS (Reading and Math)Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Test Scores: 239 in Reading, 584 Language and 236 Total Math OR meet TABE exemption (refer to Admissions and Testing)

2020-2021 Curriculum Framework 

Program Description
The Carpentry program exposes students to all phases of erecting buildings. Students learn skills such as using tools safely and properly, site surveying, laminating, joinery, finishing, and working with wood products, building codes, blueprint reading, structural framing, drywall application, and door/window installation. Upon completion of the program, students may specialize in specific phases of the building industry such as doors, windows, sidings, or roofing.

Book and Supply Information  
For the most current list of books and supplies, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore. 

Employment/Career Opportunities
Students may find employment on survey crews, as fence installers or acoustical ceiling mechanics. Graduates from this program have worked as framers, custom home builders, custom stair mechanics, and cabinet shop workers.

Salaries for graduates range from $12.75-$20.38 per hour.
Source:  Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics

NOTE: A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect one's ability to gain employment in this field. We encourage students to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are students qualified to do after graduation?
Most graduates begin as a carpenter's helper. The local apprenticeship programs usually consider our graduates as second year apprentices, depending on the individual.

Our graduates are exposed to all facets of residential construction which includes the basics of blueprint reading, leveling instruments, forming, floor-wall-roof framing, trimming interiors & exteriors, shingling, door hanging, and stairs.

How are the local job opportunities?
Jobs are plentiful in framing, trimming, stair building, metal framing & sheetrock. Specialized areas include fence erection, window installation and punch out.

What are the possibilities of graduates starting their own businesses?
Graduates who have a good business plan, four to five years field experience, and proper licensing can start their own businesses.

How do graduates acquire their contractor's license?
Contractor's licenses now require 4 - 5 years field experience with written recommendation from three contractors. Applicants must pass a test in their chosen specialty area e.g. sub-contractor, specialty contractor, residential contractor, building contractor, or general contractor.

Where have graduates found employment?
Graduates have been employed by Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Wehr Constructors Inc, RFS Renovates, Gloger Construction, Staff Zone, Suncoast Restoration and Waterproofing, Pro-G Professional Glass, Painters on Demand, Ceco Construction, and BK Bath & Kitchen, Greaves Construction, Palm Harbor Homes.

Is job placement available upon graduation?
Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.  When employers notify the school of job openings, those vacancies are posted on Erwin’s online portal (Erwin Online), or the classroom job board.

How can I learn more about this career field?
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 For questions regarding the program please contact: 

Council on Occupational Education

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