You’ll explore what it’s like to work in construction, learn the basic math you’ll use on the jobsite, and find out how to read a blueprint.
Temecula, CA P.O. Box 760,, Temecula, CA 92593
(951) 9723600

Course at a Glance

Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)

Domain / Subject : General/Others

Function : General

Trainer name : Jay Hampton

Duration : 80 Hours

Difficulty : Medium


Are you at your best when you have your hands on a hammer or a saw? If so, this program will teach you the basic skills you need to get a job as a residential carpenter. You’ll explore what it’s like to work in construction, learn the basic math you’ll use on the jobsite, and find out how to read a blueprint. In addition, you’ll learn how to use both hand and power tools effectively and safely, and discover how to construct a home from the floor to the roof. Finally, you’ll put your skills to use in three hands-on workshop projects. By the time you’re done, you’ll be ready for an entry-level position in the construction industry.


  • Understand the basics of residential construction.
  • Be able to do job-related math.
  • Know the basic rules of residential construction safety.
  • Recognize and be able to use construction tools.
  • Be prepared for an entry-level job in construction.


The following books are included in your tuition: Residential Construction Academy: Basic Principles for Construction; Workbook/Lab Manual for Basic Principles for Construction; 1926 OSHA Construction Industry Regulations; Understanding Construction Drawings; Carpentry (Residential Construction Academy); and RCA Carpentry Workbook.

This course can be taken on a PC or a Mac. You will need Internet Explorer (versions 5.5 through 8) or Firefox (any version). You will need to use Windows Vista or XP. You will also need Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader. In addition, you will need the latest version of QuickTime.

Hardware Requirements: ·

For Windows Vista or Windows 7: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology; for Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology · 2 GB RAM · 1.8 GB free disk space for installation · 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Microsoft® Direct3D®-capable workstation-class graphics card · 1,024 x 768 display resolution with true color


You will not need any carpentry experience to participate in this program. You will need to own or purchase some basic tools, lumber, and nails for the workshop assessments.

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace.

Module 1: Introduction to Construction

Section 1

  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1 – Organization of the Construction Industry
  • Lesson 2 – Working in the Industry

Section 2

  • Lesson 1 – Whole Numbers
  • Lesson 2 – Decimals
  • Lesson 3 – Fractions

Section 3

  • Lesson 1 – Linear Measure
  • Lesson 2 – Percent (Percentage)
  • Lesson 3 – Area and Volume
  • Lesson 4 – Right Angles
  • Lesson 5 – Combined Operations 

Module 2: Blueprint Reading and Job Safety

Section 1

  • Lesson 1 – Views
  • Lesson 2 – Scales
  • Lesson 3 – Alphabet of Lines
  • Lesson 4 – Use of Symbols
  • Lesson 5 – Plan Views
  • Lesson 6 – Elevations
  • Lesson 7 – Sections and Details

Section 2

  • Lesson 1 – Jobsite Safety
  • Lesson 2 – Equipment and Tool Safety 
  • Module 3: Carpentry  

Module 3: Carpentry  

Section 1

  • Lesson 1 – Hand and Power Tools
  • Lesson 2 – Wood Products and Fasteners
  • Lesson 3 – Rigging

Section 2

  • Lesson 1 – Framing Floors
  • Lesson 2 – Framing Walls and Ceilings
  • Lesson 3 – Installing Windows and Doors
  • Workshop Assessment #1

Section 3

  • Lesson 1 – Framing Roofs
  • Lesson 2 – Installing Moisture Protection Roofing Materials 
  • Workshop Assessment #2

Section 4

  • Lesson 1 – Interior Finishes
  • Lesson 2 – Framing and Finish Stairs
  • Lesson 3 – Installing Cabinets and Countertops
  • Workshop Assessment #3


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