Carpentry - Foundation Skills

An instructor in a green hard hat assists a female student in a red hard hat as she kneels on the ground and saws building materials in front of a construction area.

Carpentry - Foundation Skills

Subject Area: STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction

Award: Certificate

Minimum Credits: 10.5

Location: Calmar, Peosta

Entry: Summer

Contact email:,


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.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® 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.
Academic Requirements

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


Employment Information

With an average annual income of $24,897 - $58,926 and a projected growth of 25.6%, the career outlook for Carpentry - Foundation Skills graduates is outstanding.

Source: Institutional Effectiveness

Additional Information

The Carpentry programs are recognized by the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research). All Peosta and 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