The Carpentry program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) through the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and provides participants with defined career paths in carpentry. This program prepares students in all phases of carpentry through a combination of classroom, laboratory, and live work experiences to help the students develop their skills.

The instructional program covers both types of carpentry work: rough and finish. Rough carpentry includes foundations, framing, exterior finishes, and lumber. Finish carpentry includes the installation of finished flooring, stairwork, trim, wallboards, windows and hardware.

Students in this program will also learn estimating, material identification, and the basics of both rough and finish carpentry related to residential construction, including such areas as blueprint reading, the use of power and hand tools, framing techniques, roofing, siding and the installation of trim and hardware.

As a participant in this program, students at the East Campus participate in the construction of the student-built house project. Its county-wide reputation for quality makes this an exceptional “live work” opportunity that will help hone skills as students prepare to enter the workforce, apply for apprenticeships or continue in a postsecondary program.

NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research
The Carpentry program participates in NCCER. This curricula and training process is supported by trade associations, contractors, schools, construction and maintenance users, pipeline operators, manufacturers, and third-party training providers. Visit for further information.

PBA – Pennsylvania’s Builder’s Association
The Carpentry program is a PBA endorsed program, which allows students who complete the program at the competent and above level to earn a PBA Certification.  Visit for more information.