Introduction to Basic Residential Carpentry Certificate Course

Alabama Home Builders Foundation, Shelby County Career Technical Center, Limestone County Career Technical Center, North Baldwin Center for Technology, Gadsden State Community College, Northeast Alabama Community College, Chambers County Career Technical Center, and Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technologies have joined forces to help more Alabamians become qualified to enter the building workforce. The Foundation is underwriting a free basic residential carpentry certificate course, which is taught by NCCER-certified instructors at each facility.

The eight-week evening courses (32 hours) begin with the fundamentals of using basic construction tools, learning how to read a tape measure and the importance of safety on the jobsite. Attendees learn basic construction site layout and how to read blueprints before progressing to learning about framing, window and door installation, siding, trim and finishes, stairs, and finishing work. The full curriculum can be found here.

This course is free to attendees and is limited at fifteen students per course. There is a minimum of 13 registered students needed to run a program.

Each class meeting includes time for both classroom instruction and hands-on work in the shop. By the end of the course, the students will earn a certificate of completion from the HBAA and firsthand knowledge of essential basic construction skills to make them more attractive work candidates.

This is not the first partnership between the Foundation and trade schools. In the 2002-2003 school year, the Foundation helped fund a dual enrollment partnership between Sidney Lanier High School and H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College in Montgomery in which high school seniors could earn credits for completing a basic carpentry curriculum at the technical school. These new programs continue the Foundation’s efforts to educate and prepare tomorrow’s building industry workers.

To view class logistics, including curriculum, dates, and times, or to print out a registration and submit via fax, email or mail, click on the “Registration Form” link below that corresponds to your desired location.


Contact Information

To learn more about the program or to have a registration form emailed to you, contact Kory Boling, AHB Foundation Director, at 1-800-745-4222 or email

  • Limestone Carpentry Class

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