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Certificate in Carpentry Online Course

Master the basics of residential construction skills

Prepare for a career as a carpenter as you master basic residential construction skills

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.

First, you’ll explore what it’s like to work in the construction industry. After that, you’ll learn the basic math you’ll use on the jobsite and take an in-depth look at how to read blueprints. 

Next, you’ll delve into jobsite safety and explore OSHA laws. You’ll also discover how to use hand tools and power tools safely and efficiently, and learn about fasteners and rigging.

Then comes the fun part: you’ll find out how to build a house from the floor to the roof. You’ll explore framing and finishing, see how to assemble stairs, and take a look at installing cabinets and countertops.

Finally, you’ll put it all together in three hands-on workshop projects that will help you gain experience and confidence. By the time you’re done, you’ll have all the skills you need to get an entry-level position in the construction industry.

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.

Course Fast Facts:

  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing offline
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment, an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

MODULE ONE: Introduction to Construction



  • Lesson 1 – Organization of the Construction Industry
  • Lesson 2 – Working in the Industry


  • Lesson 1 – Whole Numbers
  • Lesson 2 – Decimals
  • Lesson 3 – Fractions


  • Lesson 1 – Linear Measure
  • Lesson 2 – Percent (Percentage)
  • Lesson 3 – Area and Volume
  • Lesson 4 – Right Angles
  • Lesson 5 – Combined Operations

MODULE TWO: Blueprint Reading and Job Safety


  • Lesson 1 – Views
  • Lesson 2 – Scales
  • Lesson 3 – Alphabet of Lines
  • Lesson 4 – Use of Symbols
  • Lesson 5 – Plan Views
  • Lesson 6 – Elevations
  • Lesson 7 – Sections and Details


  • Lesson 1 – Jobsite Safety
  • Lesson 2 – Equipment and Tool Safety



  • Lesson 1 – Hand and Power Tools
  • Lesson 2 – Wood Products and Fasteners
  • Lesson 3 – Rigging


  • Lesson 1 – Framing Floors
  • Lesson 2 – Framing Walls and Ceilings
  • Lesson 3 – Installing Windows and Doors
  • Workshop Assessment #1


  • Lesson 1 – Framing Roofs
  • Lesson 2 – Installing Moisture Protection Roofing Materials
  • Workshop Assessment #2


  • Lesson 1 – Interior Finishes
  • Lesson 2 – Framing and Finish Stairs
  • Lesson 3 – Installing Cabinets and Countertops
  • Workshop Assessment #3

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because our programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

2. How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.

3. Do I have to buy additional materials?

Photoshop software is not included in this program. You will need to have Photoshop CS5 already installed on your computer. The textbooks you'll need are included in your program fee, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. We will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

4. Can I get financial assistance?

our courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

5. What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

6. Am I guaranteed a job?

our programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

7. Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer, in addition to the Photoshop CS5 software.

9. Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

10. When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

11. How will I do the workshops?

You will build three simple projects and submit photos (and possibly receipts) to show that you obtained the necessary materials and completed the projects correctly. You will not need to purchase tools or other supplies if you already have them.

12.  What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

Jay Hampton received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University and has 42 years of experience in the construction industry. He has held positions including superintendent for the Erickson-Hall Construction Company in San Diego, California, and superintendent for Velocity Construction in Cedar City, Utah. He has extensive experience in both residential and commercial construction and owned his own cabinetry shop for ten years. Currently, he enjoys working in a 2,300-square-foot shop in his home, where his wife keeps him busy with “in-house” projects.

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 007GES721
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 6 Months
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 80 Hours
Qualification: Certificate