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
Penn Foster is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College have all met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which 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 for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. military personnel for tuition reimbursement.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score