Carpenters cut, shape, fit and assemble building materials in the construction of buildings. Carpenters today build with wood, metal, plastics, fiberglass and Styrofoam. Following blueprints they measure, layout and build foundations, walls, floors, ceiling and roofs.


Carpentry – Level 1

225 Hours Standardized

27101-13 Orientation to the Trade (5 Hours)
Reviews the history of the trade, describes the apprentice program, identifies career opportunities for carpentry and construction workers, and lists the responsibilities and characteristics a worker should possess.

27102-13 Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives (7.5 Hours)
Provides an overview of the building materials used in construction work, including lumber, sheet materials, engineered wood products, structural concrete, and structural steel. Also, describes the various fasteners and adhesives used in construction work.

27103-13 Hand and Power Tools (7.5 Hours)
Provides detailed descriptions of the hand tools and portable power tools used by carpenters. Emphasis is on safe and proper operation of tools, as well as core and maintenance.

27104-13 Introduction to Construction Drawings, Specifications and Layout (20 Hours)
Covers the techniques for reading and using construction drawings and specifications with an emphasis on drawings and information relevant to the carpentry trade. Introduces quantity takeoffs. 

27105-13 Floor Systems (27.5 Hours)
Covers framing basics as well as the procedures for laying out and constructing a wood floor using common lumber as well as engineered building materials.

27111-13 Wall Systems (20 Hours)
Describes procedures for laying out and framing walls, including roughing-in door and window openings, constructing careers, partition T's and bracing walls. Includes the procedures to estimate the materials required to frame walls. 

27112-13 Ceiling Joist and Roof Framing (40 Hours)
Describes types of roofs and provides instructions for laying out rafters for gable roofs, hip roofs and valley intersections. Covers stick-built and truss-built roofs. Includes the basics of roof sheeting installation. 

27109-13  Introduction to Building Envelope Systems (12.5 Hours)
Introduces the concept of the building envelope and explains its components. Describes types of windows, skylights and exterior doors and provides instructions for installation. 

27110-13 Basic Stair Layout (12.5 Hours)
Introduces the trainee to various types of stairs and the common building code requirements related to stairs. The module focuses on the techniques for measuring and calculating rise, run, and stairwell openings, laying out stringers, and fabricating basic stairways.

Carpentry – Level 2

210 Hours Standardized

27201-13 Commercial Drawings (25 Hours)
Describes how to read and interpret a set of commercial drawings and specifications. 

27205-13 Cold-Formed Steel Framing (15 Hours)
Describes the types and grades of steel framing materials and includes instructions for selecting and installing metal framing for interior and exterior walls, load bearing and nonbearing walls, partitions and other applications. 

27204-13 Exterior Finishing (35 Hours)
Covers the various types of exterior siding used in residential construction and their installation procedures, including wood, metal, vinyl, and cement board siding.

27203-13 Thermal and Moisture Protection (7.5 Hours)
Covers the selection and installation of various types of insulating materials in walls, floors and attics. Also, covers the uses and installation practices for vapor barriers and waterproofing materials
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27202-13 Roofing Applications (25 Hours)
Describes how to properly prepare the roof deck and install roofing for residential and commercial buildings. 

27208-13 Doors and Door Hardware (20 Hours)
Describes the installation of metal doors and related hardware in steel-frames, wood-framed and masonry walls along with their related hardware, such as locusts and door closers. Also discusses the installation of wood doors, folding doors and pocket doors. 

27206-13 Drywall Installation (15 Hours)
Describes the various types o gypsum drywall, their uses and the fastening devices and methods used to install them. Contains detailed instructions for installing drywall on walls and ceilings using nails, drywall screws and adhesives. Also, discusses fire and sound rated walls. 

27207-13 Drywall Finishing (17.5 Hours)
Describes the materials, tools and methods used to finish and patch gypsum drywall. Also discussed automatic and manual taping and finishing tools. 

27209-13 Suspended Ceilings (15 Hours)
Describes the materials, layout and installation procedures for many types of suspended ceilings used in commercial construction as well as ceiling tiles, drywall suspension systems and pan-type ceilings. 

27210-13 Window, Door, Floor and Ceiling Trim (25 Hours)
Describes the different types of trim used in finish work and focus on the proper methods for selecting, cutting and fastening trim to achieve a professional finished appearance. 

27211-13 Cabinet Installation (10 Elective Hours)
Provides detailed instructions for the selection and installation of base and wall cabinets and countertops. 

Carpentry – Level 3

160 Hours Standardized

27303-14 Properties of Concrete (10 Hours)
Describes the properties, characteristics, and uses of cement, aggregates, and other materials that, when mixed together, form different types of concrete. Covers procedures for estimating concrete volume and testing freshly mixed concrete, as well as methods and materials for curing concrete.

27301-11 Rigging Equipment (10 Hours)
Describes the use and inspection of basic equipment and hardware used in rigging, including slings, wire rope, chains and attaching hardware such as shackles, eyebolts and hooks, as well as rigging knots. Explains sling angles. Also covers tuggers, jacks, hoists, and come-alongs.

27302-11 Rigging Practices (15 Hours)
Describes basic rigging and crane hazards and related safety procedures, provides an overview of personnel lifting and lift planning, and introduces crane load charts and load balancing. Includes instructions for rigging and lifting pipe.

27306-14 Trenching and Excavating (15 Hours)
Prepares the trainee for working in and around excavations, particularly in preparing building foundations. It covers types and bearing capacities of soils; procedures used in shoring, sloping, and shielding trenches and excavations; trenching safety requirements, including recognition of unsafe conditions; and mitigation of groundwater and rock when excavating foundations.

27304-14 Reinforcing Concrete (15 Hours)
Explains the selection and uses of different types of reinforcing materials. Describes requirements for cutting, bending, splicing, and tying reinforcing steel and the placement of steel in footings, columns, walls, and slabs.

27307-14 Foundations and Slab-on-Grade (20 Hours)
Covers basic site layout tools and methods; layout and construction of deep and shallow foundations; layout and forming of slabs-on-grade; and forms used for curbing and paving.

27308-14 Vertical Formwork (22.5 Hours)
Covers the applications and construction methods for various types of forming and form hardware systems for walls, columns, and stairs, as well as slip forms, climbing forms, and shaft forms. The module also provides an overview of the assembly, erection, and striping of gang forms.

27309-14 Horizontal Formwork (15 Hours)
Covers the types of elevated decks and the formwork systems and methods used in their construction. It covers joist, pan, beam, flat slab, composite slab and specialty form systems and provides instructions for the uses of flying decks, as well as shoring and restoring systems.

27305-14 Handling and Placing Concrete (20 Hours)
Covers tools, equipment, and procedures for handling, placing and finishing concrete. Also covers joints made in concrete structures, the use of joint sealants, and form removal procedures. Emphasizes safety procedures for handling, placing, and finishing concrete.

27310-14 Tilt-Up Wall Systems (17.5 Hours)
Describes how tilt-up concrete construction is used and how tilt-up panels are formed, erected, and braced. It covers the installation of rebar and the types of embedment used to lift and brace the panels. Methods used to achieve architectural and decorative finishes are also covered.

Carpentry – Level 4

165 Hours Standardized

27401-14 Site Layout One: Differential Leveling (20 Hours)
Covers the equipment, principles, and methods used to perform distance measurement and leveling. Also covers the layout responsibilities of surveyors, field engineers, and carpenters; interpretation and use of site/plot plan drawings; and methods used for on-site construction.

27402-14 Site Layout Two: Angular and Distance Measurement (37.5 Hours)
Covers the principles, equipment, and methods used to perform site layout tasks that require making angular measurements.

27403-14 Advanced Roof Systems (20 Hours)
Covers commercial roofing materials and structures and describes the procedures for installing commercial roofing such as standing seam, lap seam, and built-up roofs.

27404-14 Advanced Wall Systems (25 Hours)
Covers installation of a variety of finishing materials, including paneling, and wainscoting. Also, covers installation of curtain walls and fire-rated commercial construction.

27405-14 Advanced Stair Systems (25 Hours)
Provides extensive coverage of the materials and techniques used in finishing wooden staircase. Also, covers a variety of stair systems used in commercial construction.

27406-14 Introduction to Construction Equipment (7.5 Hours)
Introduces construction equipment, including the aerial lift, skid steer loader, electric power generator, compressor, compactor and forklift. An overview of general safety, operation and maintenance procedures is provided. 

27407-14 Introduction to Oxyfuel Cutting and Arc Welding (20 Hours)
Introduces the equipment, procedures, and safety practices used in cutting steel with oxyfuel equipment, as well as shielded metal arc welding, gas-tungsten arc welding, and gas metal arc welding. Labs include practice in cutting and welding techniques.

27409-14 Site Preparation (7.5 Hours)
Covers the planning process the precedes the start of work on a construction site, including environmental considerations, personnel issues, access roads, traffic control, permits, site safety, utilities, and crane-related concerns.

26101-11 Fundamentals of Crew Leadership (20 Hours)
Along with the principles of project planning, scheduling, estimating, and management introduces the basic skills required for supervising personnel. Several case studies are included.