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Introducing: Penn Foster’s Construction Trades Program

While Ashworth College is no longer Accepting enrollments in our Carpentry Career Diploma Program, we’re excited to introduce you to our partner school, Penn Foster.

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If you're interested in a job that allows you to combine creativity with your attention to detail, Penn Foster’s online Construction Trades Program could be the perfect fit for you. With flexible online courses, you can prepare to build the knowledge and skills needed to take the first steps toward a career as a carpenter, floor installer, or woodworker.


Take the Next Steps Towards a Career You Want

In Penn Foster’s online Construction Trades Career Diploma, you'll learn the skills and build the foundational knowledge to work as a carpenter or in another construction role. You’ll learn essential skills like design techniques, understanding building codes, and more- all via interactive online lessons and simulations help you practice hands-on skills online.

Why Penn Foster?

Penn Foster has been on a mission to help people like you launch, accelerate, and thrive in their careers for more than 125 years. We provide students with a quality education that fits your busy lifestyle and budget, offering over 100 self-paced, career-relevant programs across our College, Career School, and High School. The program you choose is structured to fit your learning needs so you can achieve your goals, and is designed to work with your schedule, anytime, anywhere you want to study. With a focus on relevant skills and career preparation for the in-demand job you’re after, Penn Foster can help you graduate with confidence and help provide a pathway towards your career goals.


Learn at the speed that works best for you.


Develop the in-demand skills employers are looking for.


Choose the tuition payment plan that works for you.

What You'll Learn in Penn Foster’s Online Construction Trades Program

  • How to explain the elements used in construction drawings relating to the shape, style, and design of a building.
  • How to explain the methods and building and zoning codes used to construct foundations.
  • How to install drywall, frame flooring and stairs, and install insulation.
  • How to determine the correct materials and tools needed to complete a project.

Penn Foster’s Online Construction Trades Course Curriculum

In our online Construction Trades Career Diploma, you'll learn the skills and build the foundational knowledge to work as a carpenter or in another construction role. Your online construction courses include:

  • Construction Drawings and Building Materials
  • Tools, Foundations, and Concrete Work
  • Framing
  • Insulation and Exterior Finishes

Learn More About the Penn Foster Experience

Just like Ashworth College, at Penn Foster we believe the benefits of online learning can be life-changing—and should be accessible to all. That’s why our affordable programs are designed with you in mind. You're able to learn and develop new skills for in-demand careers your way – on your schedule, at your speed.

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"Penn foster gave me the opportunity to work on my own time while still holding down a job and being a single mother. The course work was at my own pace and I could do it all online, making it easier to complete work anytime, anywhere."

Olivia W.

Construction Trades FAQs

You may be taking your first steps into higher education. Or you may be considering online study for the first time. Whatever your situation, we're here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you have.

With a background in construction trades, you can prepare to work as a carpenter, including roles in residential and non-residential building construction, or as a finishing contractor.

Carpenters construct, repair, and install building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials. Working with a construction, you'll be a vital part of building new structures for residential and commercial use. Most carpenters work full-time for a business or as a contractor and they often work on one large-scale project at a time.

Becoming a carpenter requires skills in math, problem-solving skills, and qualities like dexterity, physical strength, and being a detail-oriented person.

The average salary for an entry-level carpenter was $48,260 in 2021, though pay can vary based on your location, the industry you work in, and your experience.

Carpenters can work in a variety of settings within the construction industry including residential construction, non-residential construction, for contractor companies, or as a contractor themselves.

Most carpenters work indoors and outdoors and can expect to be involved in construction projects from building highways to installing kitchen cabinets.

State requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Advance your career in Penn Foster’s online Construction Trades program. Call 1-800-305-2194