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Do you enjoy using hand tools? Do you appreciate fine craftsmanship? Turn your interests into a career with our online Carpentry training. In our online carpentry classes you'll learn how to measure, cut, drill, join, fasten and finish. It's a great start to a satisfying career.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbook with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 6 Months

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  What You'll Learn

Our online Carpentry training consists of 19 easy-to-follow lessons. Each lesson introduces fundamental skills followed by practice exercises to help you apply the new material you've learned. Key concepts include…

  • Panel and plywood types and strengths
  • Power tool safety tips
  • Identifying types of wood
  • Understanding building codes
  • Plotting elevations and angles
  • Framing techniques
  • Working on cabinets, drawers, doors and floors

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Lesson 1: Carpentry, Wood & Lumber  

Wood and its properties; hardwoods; softwoods; identifying wood; lumber milling; drying; storage; moisture and shrinkage; lumber defects; grading, sizing, and measuring lumber.

Lesson 2: Wall Panels & Fasteners  

Panel and plywood types and strengths; spans; laminated veneer and strand lumber; hardboard; softboard; fiberboard; particleboard; I-beams; screws and nails; bolts; wall fasteners; anchors; glues and adhesives; connectors.

Lesson 3: Using Hand Tools  

Drills; braces; drill bits; augers; countersinks; levels; layout and measuring tools; straightedges; bevels; squares; drawing angles and circles; chalk lines; plumb lines; hammers; nailing; screwdrivers; wrenches; pliers; clamps; vises; planes; chisels; knives; cutting tools; scrapers; saws; miter boxes.

Lesson 4: Power Tools  

Power saws; circular saws; selecting and using the right blade; saber saws; drills; power screwdrivers; cordless tools; routers; jointer, block, and abrasive planes; sanders; staplers; nailers; specialty blades; sharpening; radial arm and miter saws; dadoing; grooving; rabbeting; table saws; ripping; crosscutting; table saw aids.

Lesson 5: Plans & Building Codes  

Blueprints, drawings, and other plans; views; sections; working with specifications; dimensions and scales; modular measures; symbols; abbreviations; floor plans; plot plans; topography; foundations; zoning regulations; building codes; inspections.

Supplement: Time Management Guide  

How to plan your study activities, set your priorities, and finish your assignments on time.

Lesson 6: Building Layout  

Leveling; plotting elevations and angles; using the transit-level; working from plans; laser levels; establishing foundation lines; staking; how to erect batter boards.

Lesson 7: Concrete & Concrete Forms  

Types and properties of concrete; mixing; reinforcing; forms; pouring; curing; precautions; footings; slabs; walls; allowing for openings; columns; supported and suspended stairs; estimating.

Lesson 8: Floor & Exterior Wall Framing  

Floor framing; platform, balloon, and post-and-beam framing; girders; sills; laying out and installing floor joists; floor openings; columns; subflooring; termite infestation; plates; studs; headers; trimmers; corner posts; joining partitions; braces; bucking; fitting doors and windows; erecting wall sections; leveling; wall sheathing; estimating materials.

Lesson 9: Interior Rough Work, Ladders & Scaffolds  

Bearing and non-bearing partitions; joists; joining the joists and beams; backing; furring strips; blocking; soleplates; gypsum; wood and metal lath; plaster and its applications; steel framing; scaffolds; wall brackets; trestles; ladders and horses; important safety procedures.

Lesson 10: Framing the Roof  

Roof types and terms; gable, hip, intersecting, gambrel, mansard, shed, and butterfly roofs; trussed roofs; spans; layout; ridge board; overhang, support; valleys; dormers; lumber and panel sheathing.

Lesson 11: Stairways, Insulation & Ventilation  

Stairway design, terms, and types; determining rise and tread run; framing; the stair carriage; landings; basement stairs; types of insulation; insulating walls, floors, ceilings, and crawl spaces; acoustical insulation; condensation.

Lesson 12: Cornice Construction  

Cornice types, parts, and design; subfascia; lookout; soffit; molding; box, snub, open, and rake cornices; installing gutters and downspouts; waterproofing.

Lesson 13: Roofing  

Roofing terms and tools; preparing the deck; figuring slope; underlayment; asphalt; ridge cap; the starter course; roll roofing; wood shingles; shakes; ventilation; working with steep slopes; flashing chimneys valleys, walls, and vents.

Lesson 14: Windows & Exteriors Doors  

Window and glass types; frames; single- and double-hung, fixed, casement, sliding, awning, and jalousie windows; skylights; screens; ordering and installing windows; glazing; door types and parts; assembling a frame; door styles and sizes; prehung doors; fitting and hanging doors; pulls and locksets; hinges.

Lesson 15: Siding, Porches, Decks & Fences  

Siding sizes, grades, and patterns; panel, shake, shingle, lap, aluminum, and vinyl siding; preparing the foundation, corners; vapor barriers; planning and installing decks, porches and fences; estimating tips.

Lesson 16: Drywall, Wall Paneling & Wall Tile  

Gypsum board; cement board; drywall fasteners; single- and multi-layer walls; ceilings; curved surfaces; baths; showers; concealing fasteners and joints; estimating; paneling types; preparing and erecting paneling; fastening; solid wood walls; tile types.

Lesson 17: Ceiling Finish, Doors & Interior Trim  

Suspended ceilings; ceiling tiles; layout; measuring; framing and assembling a variety of interior doors; locksets; types, preparation, and installation of crown and base molding; door casings and hinges; finishing window trim; shimming a door; closets; mantels; other trim.

Lesson 18: Stairways: Finish Flooring  

Staircase types; layout; treads; risers; housed and open stringers; balustrades; newel posts; finishing; balconies; types, grades, and patterns of hardwood; the six types of wood flooring; installation; perfect subflooring; layout, and installation of tile and resilient flooring; the importance of underlayment.

Lesson 19: Frames, Drawers, Doors & Countertops for Cabinets  

Designing, laying out, and installing manufactured and custom-made wall and base cabinets; cabinets for kitchens, baths, and living areas; cutting and installing countertops; laminated tops; jointing techniques; doors; drawers; making and installing doors; hinges; pulls and knobs; drawer guides.

Supplement: Career Search Guide  

Helpful techniques for pursuing careers in the carpentry field.

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  What You Get

Complete our online Carpentry training on your terms. Begin on your schedule, study at your own pace and get personal guidance whenever you need it. We've eliminated the obstacles so you can move ahead quickly!

The carefully selected content for your Carpentry classes balances integral theoretical concepts and practical application. Your tuition covers:

  • Comprehensive carpentry textbook and study guides
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Hand tool kit
  • Participation in the Student Community
  • Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®

Graduates of our Carpentry classes receive a handsome diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Your Career Diploma in Carpentry will give you greater self-confidence as you begin your professional career and serves as proof of your dedication to success.

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  • Graduation Video


Hammer out a brighter future. Start your Carpentry training today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.