Carpentry Certificate

Whether you want to brush up on your carpentry skills so you can dabble in birdhouse making, or are looking to change careers, a carpentry certificate is a quick way to get started. With experience, you can make a little money on the side or turn it into a full-time sole proprietorship. So put on your suspenders, clean up your toolbox, and begin a new chapter.


Take a look at your current skill set. If you don’t know the difference between a Phillips and a flathead, then your Carpenter training should begin with classes at a carpentry school. Even if you’re fairly proficient with tools, formal schooling is a great way to learn new techniques, safety procedures, and equipment use.

To find a program in your area, look through the class guide for your local community college or trade school. There are even some courses offered online.

Certificate classes are structured to teach you the basics of how to handle tools, make cuts, effectively join wood pieces together, frame houses and building roofs, read blueprints, and myriad other skills.

Next Step

Once you’ve completed the requirements to earn your certificate, the next step is to find a job. Better yet, look for apprenticeship opportunities. Formal apprenticeships aren’t necessary in the United States as they are in other parts of the world, but having an expert take you in and show you the trade will be invaluable when you branch out on your own. Much of being a Carpenter is trial and error, so it’s highly beneficial to reduce the error portion of the equation.


There are no carpentry certification requirements in the United States, but rules are much stricter in many European countries.

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