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Carpentry - Foundation Skills

Campus Location:

Calmar, Peosta

Program Entry: Summer

Award: Certificate


This certificate is designed to provide competency-based instruction concerning the use of tools, materials and practices used in the building trades. Students apply this knowledge to concrete form construction, footing and foundation, framing, laying out joists, subflooring, wall studs, windows, doors, rafters and related cuts for a student building project.

Carpentry - Foundation Skills

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACT Compass® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACCUPLACER® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.

Carpentry - Foundation Skills

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 10.5

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CON:111 Basic Drafting 2.0
CON:113 Construction Print Reading 2.0
CON:397 Construction I 2.0
CON:398 Construction Lab I 4.5


Carpentry - Foundation Skills

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

  • $22,840 - $36,113 - Region 1: Carpenters
  • $26,430 - $33,379 - Region 1: Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
  • $22,881 - $31,150 - Region 1: Construction Laborers
  • $23,083 - $30,772 - Statewide: Roofers
  • $29,017 - $38,814 - Statewide: Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
  • $43,572 - $68,663 - Statewide: Sales Reps, Wholesale & Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products
  • $35,454 - $52,368 - Statewide: Cost Estimators
  • $45,805 - $69,359 - Statewide: Construction Managers

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Carpentry - Foundation Skills

Additional Information:

The Calmar carpentry program is recognized by the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research). In addition, all Calmar carpentry students will become OSHA certified through Career Safe Online.


  • Off-campus Building Site (Calmar)
  • Job Site House Project (Peosta, various locations)


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Brian Ondrashek
Carpentry Instructor-Calmar
800.728.2256, ext. 480

Terry Burds
Carpentry Instructor-Peosta
800.728.7367, ext. 238