carpentry students use nail gun to secure wood brace


Vinson Cornett
Newton (Building 4), room 4-140
919-536-7200, ext. 2808

Plan of Study

(Courses by Semester)

Carpentry (Continuing Education)

Short Term

The Construction Certificate in Carpentry has been crafted to provide aspiring carpenters with a solid foundation for a successful career in the construction trades. Students will engage in a comprehensive program that combines practical, hands-on training with essential construction theory and safety practices.

Our comprehensive coursework covers Carpentry I, Blueprint Reading, Carpentry II, Introduction to Cabinetry and OSHA 10-hour certification course. Students will learn essential woodworking techniques, wood properties, blueprint interpretation, advanced carpentry skills, and cabinetry fundamentals. A significant emphasis is placed on mastering tool usage and power equipment operation, ensuring hands-on, practical experience critical for the industry. An industry recognized, OSHA 10 certification is a critical component to the certificate.

Upon completion of this program, this certificate positions the student for roles such as carpenter, cabinetmaker, construction manager, or construction estimator, each a stepping stone towards a rewarding career in the trades.

Prerequisite: Carpentry I must be taken before taking any other courses in the certificate.


Estimated Tuition & Fees


Course Type

Continuing Education


Main Campus

Contact Hours


Courses starting on July 1 or later will be open for registration on July 1. Students planning to register for courses with prerequisites should contact the program director to learn how to submit them ahead of time.

CAR-3112A Carpentry I

This course is designed to prepare the novice basic skills to perform general carpentry tasks including the ability to: Use the PPE and practice the required safety standards on construction sites. Use the most common hand and power tools safely and effectively. Select, maintain, and secure construction site tools and equipment. Practice standard framing methods and select the appropriate materials. Interpret basic designs and apply sound construction principles. Practice solid wood construction and joinery methods to produce a piece of functional furniture or cabinetry. Whether you want to get a job in construction, remodel existing projects or just be more confident in home projects, this course is for you.
Dates Location Building Room Time Format
8/12 - 12/2
8/12 - 12/2
Main Campus
M 5:30:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
W 5:30:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM

CAR-3112B Carpentry II

This course is a continuation of Carpentry I and includes wall and roof framing, the installation of windows and doors, and interior and exterior finishes. The students will perform the construction of building components to complete the class carpentry project, building a shed. The course also continues the introduction to fine woodworking with basic cabinetry design and construction methods and requires the students to complete one individual project to demonstrate fine carpentry skills. Course objectives teach the proper clothing, safety, tool use and maintenance, material handling, and some building codes as they pertain to the class projects. Students must have demonstrated the minimum level of competence and safety in applied measurement, mathematics, blueprint reading, tools and equipment by previously taking an introductory carpentry course at Durham Tech or another college, or by gaining the written verification of those skills from the instructor, prior to enrollment in this Carpentry II class. Email for information on how to demonstrate the competency level required and how to register.
Section Number Dates Location Building Room Time Format
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BPR-3011A Blueprint Reading

This course covers all of the fundamentals of the language of architecture. The symbols, lines, and terminology used in the architecture and residential construction trades are also covered. Upon completion of the course, the student is able to clearly understand a set of residential blueprints. 24 hours.
Dates Location Building Room Time Format
8/13 - 10/1
8/15 - 10/3
Main Campus
T 6:00:00 PM - 7:30:00 PM
TH 6:00:00 PM - 7:30:00 PM

CAB-3100A Introduction to Cabinetry

This course is designed to teach the fundamental techniques of cabinetmaking. Course topics can include but are not limited to understanding the difference between production and custom cabinets, learning the proper selection of woods, materials, tools and finishes, learning how to plan, blueprint and build a small cabinet, understanding cabinet installation and how to estimate building and labor construction costs.
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SEF-3001WG OSHA 10 Certification

OSHA 10-hour training teaches basic safety and health information to entry-level workers in construction and general industry. It is part of the OSHA Outreach Training Program, which explains serious workplace hazards, workers' rights, employer responsibilities and how to file an OSHA complaint.
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