Construction: Carpentry Specialty

Give us 20 weeks and we’ll help you change your life! As one of the premier carpentry vocational schools in Minnesota, our carpentry course has helped hundreds of graduates launch rewarding careers in construction at some of the most innovative companies in Minnesota.

Unlike online carpentry schools or courses, our hands-on construction carpentry program builds your skills in today’s most relevant carpenter techniques and practices. Our carpentry program teaches you the necessary skills to take on the exciting challenges of a career in construction. This hands-on training is designed to teach students about basic tools, building and designing schematics, blueprint reading and other industry practices. The relationships formed with your fellow students, instructors, and guest speakers provide you an invaluable network of passionate, diverse construction allies to call upon throughout your career. Explore this page to learn more about our carpentry training.

Summit Approach

We provide knowledge that works. Real-world career preparation and the hands-on experience employers demand without the cost of other institutions. Are you ready?

Apply now! Classes start November 16, 2020

“This the first time in my life that I go to work every day with a smile on my face.”

— Summit Graduate

“Summit Academy changed my life! I am living proof!

— Summit Graduate

“This carpentry training program changed my life.”

— Summit Carpentry Program Graduate

“Seeing students actually finish. That is what Summit is all about… changing lives.”

— Summit Staff

What does a Carpenter do?

Careers in Carpentry are plentiful! Carpenters are skilled craftsmen and women who work in the construction industry fabricating primarily wood or metal constructions. Their jobs include working on the interior and exterior finishing of a site, from the entire framework of a building to ornate woodwork on stairs and trim work. Some carpenters work in commercial buildings or prefabricate cabinets and other structures in shops or factories while others work on construction sites, cutting, joining, and installing structural elements. Carpenters have the option to work for a construction company or work as independent contractors, and often work on a wide range of projects.

The construction course is 20 weeks and consists of two phases

Tuition is 100% covered

Program starts every 10 weeks 

Pre-Apprenticeship included

Class schedule is Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-2:50 p.m.

Carpenter Essential Duties

  • Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
  • Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
  • Measure, cut, or shape wood, metal, and other materials
  • Construct building frameworks, including walls, floors, and door frames
  • Help erect, level, and install building framework with the aid of rigging hardware and cranes
  • Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
  • Instruct and direct laborers and other construction helpers

Topics covered

  • Confidence
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Blueprint Reading
  • OSHA-10 Safety
  • Hand and Power tools
  • Construction Mathematics
  • Building Materials
  • Wall/Floor/Stud framing
  • Concrete Framework
  • Finish Carpentry 
  • Commercial Construction
  • Project Management
  • Sheet Rocking


Our school is actively looking for candidates who want a pre-apprentice certification in the fields of carpentry or electrician. You will not need to make any tuition payments or take out any student loans. We work to ensure your tuition is paid for entirely by grants, scholarships, and contracts.

Click here to enroll

  1. Watch the vocational information video
  2. Submit your application
  3. Someone from the Admissions department will contact you within 1-2 business days after your application is submitted. 

Tuition to Change Your Future

You will have NO OUT-OF-POCKET expenses to cover tuition and no extra fees to pay.

Our financial aid office is committed to administering gift aid to ensure that your tuition is covered at NO OUT-OF-POCKET expense to you. As an institution, we do not participate in Federal and State Student Loan programs, so there are NO LOANS TO PAY BACK.



Why should you enroll at Summit?

There are a million reasons to consider us as the school for you, but one thing is for sure: you’ve come to the right place! Watch our video.

For more information on admission requirements, campus visits, and opportunities at Summit Academy, visit our Admissions page. You can find the necessary steps to enroll there.

Program Curriculum & Schedule

Weeks 1-10


Weeks 1-10 is a chance for you to start learning the basics of carpentry. This starts with OSHA safety training, and then moves on to math principles, blueprint reading and basic power tools like circular and saber saws. We’ll discuss everyday carpentry examples to understand how all these components impact the building process. While you’re getting a high-level view of the processes and complexities of carpentry, you’ll also get a chance to learn about some of the building blocks of the industry.

The first 10 weeks ensures that students will have a solid foundation in construction math and basic blueprint reading. Students will be able to identify the most important hand and power tools and learn how to use them safely.


  • Understand the foundational principles of construction
  • Gain entry-level skills with hand and power tools
  • Gain confidence with personal development classes

Topics covered:

  • OSHA safety
  • Building materials
  • Blueprint reading
  • Construction mathematics
  • Hand and power tools

Weeks 11-20


Weeks 11-20 is where we build on the foundations you learned in Phase 1. You’ve got the skills and now we put them to the test! This part of the program is designed to challenge students with a higher degree of difficulty in carpentry execution. You’ll work in pairs and small teams on residential and commercial framing systems. You’ll gain practical experience with the entire framing process, from problem-solving to evaluating, refinement, and execution. 

By the end of week 20 you will have gained a deeper understanding of carpentry and begin to see the challenges you are likely to encounter when working on a jobsite.


  • Learn framing
  • Gain familiarity with concrete formwork
  • Construction safety
  • Hands-on installation

Topics covered:

  • Sheetrock
  • Framing systems
  • Finish carpentry
  • Metal studs

Apply before our next program start:
November 16, 2020!