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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES721
Hours: 80
Fees: $1695.00 USD


Are you at your best when you have your hands on a hammer or a saw? If so, this program will teach you the basic skills you need to get a job as a residential carpenter. You’ll explore what it’s like to work in construction, learn the basic math you’ll use on the jobsite, and find out how to read a blueprint. In addition, you’ll learn how to use both hand and power tools effectively and safely, and discover how to construct a home from the floor to the roof. Finally, you’ll put your skills to use in three hands-on workshop projects. By the time you’re done, you’ll be ready for an entry-level position in the construction industry.

This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.


Upon completing this program, you will:

  • Understand the basics of residential construction.
  • Be able to do job-related math.
  • Know the basic rules of residential construction safety.
  • Recognize and be able to use construction tools.
  • Be prepared for an entry-level job in construction.
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