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Program Overview

This course introduces construction materials and methodologies. Topics include construction terminology, traditional and alternative materials and their properties, manufacturing processes, construction techniques, and other related topics. The course also introduces the theory and construction methods associated with the building industry, including framing, materials, tools, and equipment. Topics include safety, hand/power tool use, site preparation, measurement and layout, footings and foundations, construction framing, and other related topics.

Employment Opportunities:

Upon completion of this course, individuals should be able to apply for positions with construction companies/contractors or work independently as a carpenter.

Instructional Format: Face-to-face class meetings to include lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice and simulation of scenarios.

Workforce Certificate Courses


BPR-3011B Print Reading-Construction
CAR-3124D Carpentry I
CAR-3112E Construction Materials and Methods
CAR-3112F Construction Codes and Inspection

Additional testing information:

Skills Training Courses


Program Costs

Cost: $183 plus associated books, tools, and supplies

Virginia residents pay the same tuition rate as in-state students for Workforce, Technologies & Community Education (WTCE) certifications and courses.

Many grant and scholarship opportunities are available as well. Please complete the WTCE Scholarship and Financial Aid Form and a counselor will review your information to see if you are eligible for assistance.

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