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Can You Go to School for Carpentry?

Written by Autumn Granza on Wednesday, 18 December 2019. Posted in Career

Carpenter at work.

Depending on your background and experience, carpenters aren’t necessarily required to go to school to learn the trade before getting a job. However, aspiring carpenters may choose to receive a formal education before entering the field to strengthen their skills and stand out to employers. While a high school diploma is required to be a carpenter, education beyond that is preferred. Beyond an education, an apprenticeship is recommended. So, while it’s not required, you can go to school for carpentry. You can even go to an online carpentry school!

What do you do in carpentry?

As a carpenter, you’ll construct, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. You’ll also work with blueprints and measure and mark materials while adhering to building codes. If you enroll in a carpentry training program, you should learn skills like:

  • Math for construction trades
  • How to read and use blueprints
  • How to determine the appropriate tools to use
  • Framing
  • Interior and exterior finishing

What are the different types of carpentry?

As a carpenter, you may choose to specialize in one or two areas. This allows you to develop your skills and, eventually, take on larger projects. Some types of carpentry include

  • Framing carpenters. A framing carpenter works with framing, roofing, and other structures.
  • Trim carpenters. Trim carpenters specialize in moldings and trims and other ornamental work.
  • Cabinet makers. Cabinet makers make cabinets as well as other furniture such as dressers.
  • Commercial carpenters. Commercial carpenters specialize in the construction of large buildings, like hotels, offices, and schools.

While there are other specialties, these are the most common types of carpenters. Carpenters may also build stairs and install doors and windows, and work may vary based on the project.

How much does it cost to go to carpentry school?

The cost of carpentry school can vary based on several factors, including whether or not you’re attending a program full or part time. With an online program, like the Construction Trades Career Diploma offered by our partner school, Penn Foster, costs are often lower than an in-person school. Generally, you can pay as low as $59 per month in tuition for the program.

How do I get a job in carpentry?

An education is just the first step towards becoming a carpenter. You also need to complete an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships may take 3-4 years to complete and you’ll receive on-the-job training that may prepare you for the field. Once you enter the field, there are many career paths you can take as a carpenter. A carpenter’s salary may depend on the work they do. In 2021, the median annual wage for carpenters was $48,260 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Once you complete our program, you should be able to identify tools and materials used for standard residential construction projects and the steps for transmitting building requirements and specifications from construction documents to an actual building layout. For more information about online carpentry training, reach out to our admissions team at 1-888-427-6500!

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