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Begin an Exciting Career in Construction Trades!

In our online Construction Trades Career Diploma, you'll learn the skills and build the foundational knowledge to work as a carpenter or in another construction role.


In-Demand Skills for Today's Jobs

Penn Foster's Construction Trades Career Diploma program provides you with the real job skills that employers are looking for, giving you a leg up as you start your career.


Study When You Want

Our program is made for the working learner. The program's flexibility allows you to learn at home or on your break through our online, mobile-friendly student portal 24/7.


Support When You Need It

You're guided with enhanced support from Certified Instructors and Student Success Advocates - all working to help you succeed in your training program.

Career at a Glance

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What You Will Learn

In as little as 3 months in our online Construction Trades Career Diploma, you'll learn the skills and build the foundational knowledge to work as a carpenter or in another construction role. This knowledge includes...
  1. How to explain the elements used in construction drawings relating to the shape, style, and design of a building.
  2. How to explain the methods and building and zoning codes used to construct foundations.
  3. How to install drywall, frame flooring and stairs, and install insulation.
  4. How to determine the correct materials and tools needed to complete a project.

Explore Your Opportunity


Career Discovery

Learn about various aspects of the Construction Trades career, like a day in the life, typical jobs available, required skills, and more.


Program Outline

Explore the specific skills you'll learn and lessons you'll complete in the Penn Foster program by reading through the syllabus.

Hear from our Alumni

"I enjoyed the self-driven approach. I was able to balance work and school easily. The non-standard class times and open office hours/email times allowed me to work at my pace and complete the lessons when I had any free opportunity."

- Seth S., 2024 Penn Foster Graduate 

"Not only was it extremely easy to do on my time but there was a ton of valuable resources available from start to finish. The entire time I was enrolled with Penn Foster I felt encouraged, supported and destined to succeed."

- Cheri S., 2024 Penn Foster Graduate 

Your Success is Our Mission

That's why Penn Foster and Guild have partnered to provide you access to the best education possible in your pursuit of beginning a career in Construction Trades. With over 125 years of experience and over 3,000 courses, Penn Foster is uniquely positioned to help you set yourself apart as you begin your career journey.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Carpenters." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed May 8, 2024.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

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