Carpenters construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood, such as houses, storage buildings, and decks. Basic carpenters work on building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters, as well as wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. Other specialized carpenters, call “finish carpenters” also install cabinets, floorboards, moldings, and build wooden furniture. Texas does not require carpenters to be licensed.
The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is a non-profit foundation developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and academic leaders to provide nationally recognized training, assessment, and certification standards for the construction trades. The NCCER Core Certification is a prerequisite to all other NCCER construction trade training certifications. The curriculum provides each trainee the basic skills needed to continue his or her education in a chosen craft area.
According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the state-wide annual number of job openings for carpenters and plumbers is expected to exceed 3,000 individuals through 2024. These individuals can earn a starting wage of $18 - $20 per hour.
The Principles of Carpentry Program at Blinn College is conducted at the RELLIS Campus, 3100 Hwy 47, Bldg 7901, Bryan, Texas 77807. The program consists of 200 hours of training leading to a Certificate of Completion from Blinn and an OSHA 10 credential. Upon completion of the program, students have the option to attend an additional day of class to test for the National Center for Construction Education (NCCER) Core credential exam.
Total Tuition: $1,950.00 (Scholarships may be available to qualified individuals. Please contact the Technical & Community Programs division for additional information)
The Carpentry program is designed for a student with no prior experience in construction. For complete details, class schedule, or enrollment information, please visit www.blinn.edu/workforce.