Our program is designed to instruct students in the principles of carpentry and provide participation in all phases of the building process.

Carpentry students learn everything that goes into building a house from the foundation to rough framing, energy efficiency and codes, kitchens, bathrooms, and finish work.

You can get a degree (AS) in Carpentry and work towards a contractor’s license, or take individual classes for personal enrichment and become handier.

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Earning a carpentry certificate can open up various career opportunities in the construction and woodworking industries. Here are some career paths you can pursue with a carpentry certificate:

  1. Carpenter:
    • As the most direct career path, you can work as a carpenter in residential, commercial, or industrial construction. Carpenters are responsible for constructing, installing, and repairing wooden structures and fixtures. This can include framing, roofing, flooring, cabinetry, and more.
  2. Finish Carpenter:
    • Finish carpenters focus on the detailed and aesthetic aspects of construction projects. They are responsible for installing trim, molding, doors, windows, and other finishing touches that enhance the appearance of buildings.
  3. Framing Carpenter:
    • Framing carpenters concentrate on the structural framework of buildings. They are responsible for creating the skeleton of structures, including walls, floors, and roofs.
  4. Residential Carpenter:
    • Residential carpenters specialize in home construction and renovation. They work on projects such as building and repairing houses, decks, and other residential structures.
  5. Commercial Carpenter:
    • Commercial carpenters typically work on larger-scale projects, such as office buildings, shopping centers, and industrial facilities. They may be involved in the construction of commercial spaces, including framing, interior finishes, and fixtures.
  6. Millworker:
    • Millworkers craft a wide range of wooden products, including doors, windows, moldings, and architectural components. They often work in manufacturing settings and use machinery to produce precise wood products.
  7. Set Carpenter (in Entertainment Industry):
    • If you have an interest in theater, film, or television production, you can work as a set carpenter. Set carpenters build and assemble sets for various productions, including stage plays, movies, and TV shows.
  8. Self-Employed Contractor:
    • With experience and additional business skills, you can become a self-employed carpentry contractor. This allows you to take on your own projects, manage a team of carpenters, and potentially grow your own construction business.
  9. Carpentry Instructor:
    • If you enjoy teaching and have extensive carpentry knowledge, you can become a carpentry instructor at a trade school or vocational training center, helping to train the next generation of carpenters.
  10. Building Inspector or Code Enforcement Officer:
    • Your knowledge of carpentry can also be valuable in building inspection or code enforcement roles, where you ensure that construction projects meet safety and building code standards.
  11. Cabinetmaker:
    • Specializing in cabinetmaking, you can work in the production of custom or factory-made cabinets and furniture. This field often involves working with fine wood materials and precision woodworking techniques.


Remember that the specific career opportunities available to you may vary depending on your location, level of experience, and the demand for carpentry skills in your area. Additionally, some carpenters may choose to specialize further in areas like restoration carpentry, green building, or timber framing, which can lead to unique career opportunities within the field.

Q: Are there pre-requisites for any of our classes?

A: There are no pre-requisites for any of our classes, but we do strongly recommend OSHA safety (223) as a first course.

Q: How do I enroll in Carpentry classes?

A Go to this webpage for instructions on registering.

Q: What time of day are our classes?

A: Most of our core 3.5 unit classes are held from 8am – 3:15pm Monday – Friday. The plumbing and electrical classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm – 8:15pm

Q: How many classes should I take at once?

A: The load is up to you. You can take just one class, or a full load of classes. We would suggest 9-12 units per semester if pursuing the certificate in carpentry, although you can take up to 19 credits per semester.

Q: What is a good class to start with in addition to 223?

A: Beginning Carpentry (211) and Rough Framing (229) will give a comprehensive introduction to carpentry and are recommended for beginners.

Q: How long does it take to complete the certificate in Carpentry?

A: Typically it takes 4 semesters to complete the certificate, however there have been students who have completed it in 2 semesters.

Q: Which classes are more advanced?

A: Roof Framing (231) and Stairbuilding (230) are both advanced classes. While there are no pre-requisites, Beginning Carpentry (211) and Rough Framing (229) and Math for the Trades (207) would be helpful to take beforehand.

Q: Will I get a job with a certificate?

A: While we cannot guarantee a job placement, we have high rates of student employment and have strong relationships with contractors and institutions in the bay area that are looking for Laney trained carpenters.

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