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Carpentry (5618)

Workforce Certificate

This program will prepare you for a great job in the carpentry trade. Learn to safely operate hand and power tools; prepare work sites and become skilled in foundation formwork, wall, floor and roof framing, and exterior trim. The hourly wage for carpenters can be well above average. Job opportunities are countless for trained carpenters in new construction, repair and remodeling. The employment outlook is projected to remain excellent for years to come. Demand for construction of larger homes, starter and second homes, as well as residential, business and industrial complexes will continue to be high.

This program teaches essential carpentry skills and offers an optional on-the-job internship, which can help you build on your proficiency and future earnings potential. In addition, if you’re looking to be your own boss, carpentry can provide that opportunity.

This program provides exit points for those who wish to specialize in a specific area. Students must complete courses required for each individual exit point.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement

Florida’s growth is soaring. Jacksonville is a boomtown. And much of the city and state are being built by graduates of our construction programs. The employment rate in all trades is 100%. No Florida Community College student who wants a job goes without a job.

Florida Community College’s Building Construction program has a long-standing relationship with this region’s major industry organizations, such as Woods Engineering, C. Young Construction, Superior Construction, Paul Fraser Homes, Stellar Group, C & C Powerlines, Dickey Smith & Company, Miatt Construction and Accubuild Construction.

Members of the Northeast Florida Builders Association serve on our Construction Management Advisory Council and on advisory committees for all trades, as well as provide internships and fund annual scholarships. The advisory committees provide leadership, support and guidance for the program and support such educational activities as constructing residential projects from design to move in.

You have the opportunity to network with major contractors and become employed while you’re still in school. We also refer you for internships and job interviews.

Annual Salaries

Starting salaries range from $16 to $20 an hour. Overtime, bonuses, rapid advancement and opportunities for self-employment can rapidly increase your income.


The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student’s completion of the program. Students who fail to meet the State of Florida’s designated exit score will be required to complete the Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI). In order to complete the program successfully, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s). See Standards of Academic Progress.

Students in this program should be advised by the instructor or the program manager before enrolling in courses.


Estimated cost of tuition is $2,328 (tuition rated for Florida residents, as of 7/06). Contact the program manager for additional costs (textbooks, materials, fees).


Course Number and Title
Professional Courses
  Workforce Credits
*VPI 0100 Basic Reading Skills
*VPI 0200 Basic Mathematical Skills
*VPI 0300 Basic Language Skills
BCV 0940C Postsecondary Internship (optional)
BCV 0020 Tools and Pre-Construction Skills
BCV 0103 Wood Products, Substitutes, Lumber and Building Materials
BCV 0170 Interior Trim
BCV 0173 Exterior Trim and Hardware Finishes
BCV 0110 Leveling Instruments, Site
Preparation and Layout
BCV 0139 Foundation Formwork/Wall and Floor Framing
BCV 0140 Roof Framing I
**BCV 0141 Roof Framing II and Timber Construction
or **BCV 0940C Postsecondary Internship
Total Contact Hours

*Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take these courses.
**See program advisor to assure proper course selection.

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