Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Mon – Friday. The plumbing and electrical classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evening 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.