Carpentry – Certificate Program

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Carpentry - Certificate Program

The Certificate in Carpentry is designed to prepare the student for entry level positions in residential and commercial construction. Students who complete the program will be prepared to apply for positions as entry level carpenters. The program focuses on carpentry involving basic carpentry processes and safety on the work site. Relevant theory and skills in solving basic mathematical problems, blueprint reading, and the safe use of hand tools, power tools, and other equipment and materials of the trade will be addressed. Students will have the opportunity to participate in service and experiential learning activities both on and off campus related to construction trades.

The Certificate in Carpentry takes approximately one year to complete. The Carpentry program is certified through the North Dakota Department of Vocational Education and is funded under the Native American Career and Technical Education Program by the United States Department of Education. Students are required to take a limited amount of essential studies requirements to broaden their learning experience.

A man framing a building with wood.


A group of men framing a building.


A man building a wooden box in a shop.


A man applying outside insulation to a building.


First Year Fall

Course # Course Name Offered
CARP 105 Carpentry Core Curriculum FA
CARP 101 On-Site Construction I FA
HPER 210 First Aid/CPR FA


First Year Spring

Course # Course Name Offered
CARP 133A Carpentry Level One (A) SP
CARP 201 On-Site Construction II SP
  TOTAL   12


First Year Summer

Course # Course Name Offered
CARP 133B Carpentry Level One (B) SU
CARP 202 On-Site Construction III SU
  TOTAL   8


Certificate Program Total Credits…..33

Updated 07/21/22

• The student will demonstrate preliminary project planning skills and basic construction practices.
• The student will model competency in communicating with others on the job site.
• The student will demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology while completing various projects.
• The student will display workplace safety.

Median annual wage in May 2018 – $42,000 to $42,850. Employment of Carpenters is projected to grow 9.8% and Construction workers 8.8%.

The Carpentry faculty are professionals who have been employed in private and public sectors of education and business. They continue to participate in professional development and scholarly activity to enhance their knowledge and to serve as role models for lifelong learning.

Kim Paulson

Kim Paulson