Carpentry Certificate

This program is a basic introduction to the construction field.

This certificate includes six Building Construction Technology core classes with one elective. It is designed for the person who only wants the basics of carpentry so they can join the exciting world of construction after only two semesters.

Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
BCT 101 Introduction to Building Construction 5.0
BCT 102 Fundamentals of Building Construction 4.0
BCT 105 Tool Usage and Safety 2.0
BCT 113 Fundamentals of Construction Prints 4.0
BCT 131 Estimating Quantity Take-Off 2.0
BCT 139 Construction Methods and Design 3.0
Subtotal 20.0
Total Credit Hours 20.0


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Carpentry Certificate program is to promote the trade of carpentry through technical instruction and practical “hands-on” experience for the necessary skill development for employment in the field of construction after only two semesters.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform the basic manipulative skills involved in carpentry for residential construction.

  2. Perform the basic manipulative skills in masonry for residential construction.

  3. Perform the basic manipulative skills in residential wiring for residential construction.

  4. Make application and use the underlying theories, technical information and related occupational information to assure sound judgments, decisions, and proper procedures involved in the residential building construction trades of construction trades of carpentry, masonry, and electrical.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to interpret blueprints and technical materials necessary to construct a residential building.

  6. Perform in an acceptable workmanship-like manner in the residential construction trade based recognized building codes (both local and international residential builders’ code).

  7. Estimate and schedule the materials and labor in the building of a residential structure through the framing stages and finish stages.

  8. Demonstrate the ability to perform the majority of tasks assigned in a safe and common sense manner in accordance with established safety standards in the construction industry. (OSHA standards for the construction industry).

  9. Demonstrate the ability to identify entry level procedures and planning processes needed to open and operate a small business in the free enterprise system.

Advisement Information

Program notes

BCT coursework starts fall semester only. BCT courses are generally offered only during the day at the Greenwood Campus, and should be taken as outlined in the Semester-by-semester graduation plan below.  General education requirements may be met at county campuses, in evening classes and online.

The carpentry certificate includes the first two semesters of BCT classes from the degree program, (BCT 101, 113, 142, 102, 131, 212).

All students should come in under the degree program (BCT-3), and they can stop once they earn the certificate.  However, students are more likely to find employment, and start working at higher wages, by earning the degree.

Students with proven experience in the field may be eligible to exempt certain courses. The department head administers exemption tests.

Estimated cost of hand tools is $200 per semester.  Students will be given a list of required tools each semester.

Graduation Plans

2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plan

Carpentry Certificate (BCT8) - FALL START ONLY


Have student contact the BCT department, Jay Pearson or Kenneth McDaniel during the enrollment process if possible.

You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works or your Class Schedule.  To learn more about advising visit the Advising webpage.

Please email to submit advising information updates and corrections.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 4/2020