Goodwill’s free Commercial Carpentry training course is designed to prepare students for an entry-level job in commercial carpentry at a step higher than the typical new hire with limited experience. This is a two-part course containing Carpentry 1 and Carpentry 2. Each session will consist of 96 instructional hours, over a nine-week period. Key aspects of the program will include metal stud framing, drywall hanging and drywall finishing. Upon successful completion, students will have a firm grasp of general carpentry fundamentals and a better grasp on the commercial aspects. The ideal graduate will be an excellent candidate for a mentorship/apprenticeship position with and industry professional drywall hanger, finisher or framer. Students will put their newly learned skills to the test as they build an 8’ x 12’ shed using a blueprint to guide them. They will build a floor system, wall systems and a roof system using rafters and joists. Doors and windows will be set, siding installed, and roofing applied.

Upcoming Training Dates

Session Instruction Dates Instruction Time Class Days
Carpentry 1 February 15 – April 21 6 – 9:30 p.m. T, W, Th
Carpentry 2 April 26 – June 30 6 – 9:30 p.m. T, W, Th
Carpentry 1 July 12 – September 15 6 – 9:30 p.m. T, W, Th
Carpentry 2 September 27 – December 8 6 – 9:30 p.m. T, W, Th

Course Timeframe

Goodwill’s Commercial Carpentry training course lasts a total of 18 weeks, comprised of two nine-week sessions.. We offer this course in the evenings to accommodate students who may work during the day.

Requirements for Completion

To successfully complete Goodwill’s Commercial Carpentry training course, you must:

  • Have at least an 85% attendance rate
  • Achieve a passing score (70%) on all module tests
  • Pass the Performance Profile tests for each module
  • Complete the practicum (final project) for Carpentry 1
  • Complete all activities in Carpentry 2


In order to enroll in Commercial Carpentry 1, you must first successfully complete Goodwill’s Construction Basics course. In order to enroll in Carpentry 2, you must first successfully complete the Carpentry 1 training course.

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