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Do you take pride in building something yourself? Experience the satisfaction of learning to read blueprints. Safely use power tools, create projects from wood, and acquire the skills for the American dream of building a home. Enroll in the Carpentry program at FMTC to train for a career that lasts a lifetime! Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 20% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average of all occupations. This program prepares students for National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification.

If you like to work with your hands and build things of all shapes and sizes, this may be your dream job! Carpenters nail, screw, saw, measure, glue and plan the construction of the wooden structures in, on and with which we live. From houses to decks to tables and chairs, carpenters construct and create structures in wood. They work alone and in teams and often have large and small projects in progress at the same time. They use math to determine the optimum material for a given construction plan. They use artistry to consider the most attractive color, grain and texture of any project's raw wood material. Some work with architects and some create their own architectural plans, requiring a thorough understanding of and comfort with geometry and physics.

The purpose of the Carpentry program is to prepare students for employment as construction carpenters. This program prepares students to enter the construction field as beginning carpenters. Classroom and laboratory experiences concerned with all phases of construction carpentry are provided. Included is training in layout, fabrication assembly, installation, and repair of structural units. Emphasis is placed on care and use of tools, equipment, and materials. Content also includes blueprint reading; floor, wall, and roof framing; and installation of siding, shingles, drywall, windows, and doors. Other essentials are applied mathematics, materials estimating, and building code interpretation. Laboratory activities are an integral part of this program. The tools, equipment, materials, and processes used in this laboratory are similar to those used in industry.

The following table illustrates the program structure:

Course # OCP Course Name Hours
BCV0112 A Introduction to Carpentry 150
BCV0122 B Rough Framing Carpentry 450
BCV0125 C Finish Trim Carpentry 450
BCV0123 D Foundation and Form Carpentry 150
    TOTAL HOURS 1200

Enrollment is open Soon imageProgram starts January 9, 2019 (Enrollment opens October 1, 2018) 


1,200 hours
Approximately 11 months
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Approximately $4,399
Carpentry Fee Sheet

The mission of the Carpentry program is to prepare our students for entry-level jobs in the construction industry. This will be done by providing a positive learning environment.

  • Shop safety skills
  • Carpentry estimating
  • Carpentry mathematics
  • Blueprint reading
  • Use and care of tools and equipment
  • Constructional materials and framework
  • Site layout
  • Rough framing – wall, floors, and roofing
  • Interior and exterior trim
  • Stair construction
  • Employability skills


  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
    • Core
    • Carpentry Level 1 & II

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  • 4' x 6' project frame house, floor, wall, and roof
  • Exterior siding
  • Drywall
  • Stairs
  • Interior trim
  • Soffit/fascia
  • Roofing

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$14+ per hour. Actual wages vary according to education, experience, and certifications.
  • House framing - subcontractors
  • Finish trim - subcontractors
  • Cabinet shops
  • Cabinet installers
  • Roofing contractors
  • Commercial builders

Bright Outlook clipart  According to O'NetOnline, jobs for carpenters are expected to grow 29% in Florida between 2014-2024.

Steps to Enroll

  1. Attend an Information Session (Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. [when school is in session])
  2. Meet with an admissions specialist
  3. Take the TABE test, if applicable
  4. Obtain official transcripts, if applicable (high school, GED, college, etc.)
  5. Apply for financial aid (official transcripts required)
  6. Provide appropriate residency documents
  7. Complete application packet
  8. Pay application fee


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