Program Entrance Recommendations:
Reading at grade level
Algebra I or Geometry
Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
Ability to work independently and in a team
Construction Carpenter (Residential)
Carpenter Assembler & Repairer – Sider
Lumber Products Store Manager
Pennsylvania Builders Association Skills Certificate (based on NOCTI)
OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
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 www.nccer.org 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 http://www.pabuilders.org/ for more information.
Program Requirements/Costs (approximate):
Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.
Industry certification testing fees - $20/test*
* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only). Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.
College Advanced Credits
by R. Jack Jones, Willis H. Wagner, Howard "Bud" Smith, Mark W. Huth Year Published: 2022
Modern Carpentry (13th Edition) by R. Jack Jones, Willis H. Wagner, Howard "Bud" Smith, Mark W. Huth
Textbook, workbook, and access key must be purchased from BCTC.
Cost: $150.00 (Order from school early to assure arrival prior to start if schoo.)
You will be given infromation at the beginning of the school year.