Introduction to Carpentry - Revised

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Learn more about basic carpentry skills and career opportunities in carpentry.
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  • Duration

    1-2 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive

  • Publisher

    US AID




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Carpentry is an age-old trade yet today there is a still a high demand worldwide for skilled carpenters. Continuously evolving to incorporate newer and improved building materials and tools, the trade offers a carpenter many opportunities for professional growth. A modern-day carpenter's work goes well beyond working on residential projects. Today, the commercial and construction sectors have opened up a whole new area that requires trained and skilled carpenters. This course will introduce the learner to the flourishing trade of carpentry.

The course explains the different types of building materials, fasteners, adhesives, and tools (hand and power tools) used by carpenters, especially those working in the construction industry. The course also outlines the safety guidelines and procedures, and will introduce the learner to some general terms associated with the trade.

This course will be of great interest to construction professionals who want to learn about modern carpentry practices and procedures. It will also be of interest to all learners who would like to develop a career in carpentry.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the history and scope of carpentry as a trade;
  • Identify the opportunities for carpenters in the construction industry;
  • Classify the various building materials used by carpenters;
  • List the most commonly used fasteners and adhesives used by people in the carpentry trade;
  • Explain the different types of hand and power tools available to carpenters;
  • Outline the general safety procedures and guidelines that should be followed to operate the tools;
  • Discuss the importance of employee responsibility and human relations to being successful in the trade.


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