Through Penn Foster Career School, students are able to pursue a Construction Trades Diploma completely online. Carpentry requires certain specialized skills that Penn Foster is equipped to teach its students. Students study building codes and layout, finishing of floors and ceilings, and framing of floors, walls, stairs, and roofs. Students who complete Penn Foster’s Construction Trades Diploma should acquire many skills essential to success in the carpentry work-field.
Students complete seven Instruction Sets that are designed to challenge and train in the areas of carpentry and construction. The first course requires students to assess what kind of learner they are. Students determine a specifically designed study schedule, including study tips to help in preparation for exams. Students are taught the different career opportunities that exist in the carpentry industry and the demand for accomplished workers. Foundational math principles often arise in the carpentry field, which is why students take a Math Skills for Carpenters course.
Students are taught how to read blueprints and understand floor and foundation plans. Students study building codes and layout, such as zoning, permits, inspection requirements, and leveling tools. Wood and lumber are key elements in carpentry. The types of wood and lumber as well as lumber products are discussed. Students should learn procedures to construct roofs, repair drainage problems, and install windows and doors. The Construction Trades program concludes by instructing students on the procedures for installing suspended or tile ceilings.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Penn Foster High School is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by Cognia and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score