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Introduction to the Carpentry Vocational Certificate (VC) Program
The Vocational Certificate in Carpentry prepares students for a career in carpentry as a residential or small commercial carpenter, remodeler, trade foreman, project superintendent, or residential contractor. The program emphasizes both hands-on training and theory to acquire carpentry skills, and building knowledge that can lead to being your own boss. This 1200 clock hour program leads to certifications from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), and the Pensacola State College Vocational Certificate in Carpentry. Students learn to design and construct crafted, safe, healthy, comfortable, affordable, resource efficient, durable and resilient houses, based on current building science principles, sustainable design strategies and mainstream green building practices, using appropriate (climate specific) building materials, systems and technologies.
Is This For You?
People who enjoy working primarily outdoors, building structures, using tools and machines, have the potential ability to read and interpret blueprints, specifications, and diagrams, and can organize activities and meet deadlines, may be suited for this program.
Beyond Graduation . . .
This certificate is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level positions working for residential builders, building renovators, and commercial or specialty contractors. Students wishing to continue their education may take additional courses to earn a two-year Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Building Construction Technology at Pensacola State College.
Related Career Opportunities
Graduates from the Carpentry program support the construction industry building homes, highways, bridges, commercial buildings, and more. Well equipped to safely operate hand and power tools, they prepare work sites and are skilled in foundation formwork, wall, floor, and roof framing, as well as exterior trim.
Work from blueprints or instructions from supervisors to first do the layout — the measuring, marking, and arranging of materials in accordance with local building codes. Then construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood, concrete, and other materials.
Carpenters who work for residential builders and building renovators are often required to be skilled in all phases of home building — site survey and layout, concrete formwork, framing walls, installing doors, windows and fixtures, building stairs, cabinetry, trim, and many other tasks.
Carpenters who work for commercial contractors or specialty contractors are often required to complete only a few recurring duties, such as framing walls, building forms, or pouring concrete.
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