Carpentry Fundamentals - CF21

Offered at the Following Campus

  • High Schools

Program Overview

The Carpentry Fundamentals certificate introduces the student to the basic levels of carpentry skills. Topics include introduction to the trade, safety, hand and power tool usage, site layout, structural framing, building envelope systems, and exterior finishes. The program emphasizes a combination of carpentry theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a carpentry fundamentals certificate and have the qualifications of an entry-level framing carpenter.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.


Course Overview

Credit Hours
Occupational Courses (17 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course introduces the student to the basic fundamentals of the construction trades. Topics include Basic Safety, Construction Math,
Hand and Power Tools, Construction Drawings, Rigging, Materials Handling, and Job-Site Communication and Work Ethic Skills.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Fundamental Carpentry Skills provides the basic carpentry instruction all other carpentry skills build upon. Topics include orientation to the trade, materials and fasteners, hand and power tools, drawings and specifications, building layout, and building foundations.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Structural Framing describes the layout and construction procedures for floor, wall, ceiling, and roof systems, including how to read and interpret construction drawings and specifications, and how to identify different types of framing systems, components, and system materials. It also covers how to estimate the amount of materials needed for an assembly and on some common alternative framing systems.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: COFC 1080

Intermediate Carpentry Techniques completes the "rough-in" phase of building a structure. This course includes building envelope systems, stair framing, roof coverings, thermal and moisture protection, exterior finishes, and reading commercial drawings.


Related Program Options:

General Construction Assistant



Amanda Hayes
High School Coordinator
Office: 617A
Phone: (229) 468-2027
Campus: Coffee Campus, High Schools

Lisa Helms
High School Coordinator
Office: 625
Phone: (229) 468-2049
Campus: Ben Hill-Irwin Campus

Shamonti Mobley
High School Coordinator
Office: Berrien Hall, Room 310
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext. 1246
Campus: Valdosta Campus, High Schools