Carpentry (Residential)

Delivery method: On campus
Program begins: Fall 
                              Spring (if seats are available)

Program Description

Students in the BSC Carpentry program learn a wide variety of residential carpentry skills by building a single-family home in Bismarck. Study involves the safe and proper use and care of hand tools and power equipment. Students learn methods and principles of building construction, construction math, blueprint reading, sustainable/green building, energy efficient building, materials, cabinetry, drywall and more. Carpentry is a limited enrollment, nine-month program that prepares students for entry-level jobs.


Carpentry is well suited to those who enjoy working outdoors and with their hands. Pride in workmanship and safe, dependable work habits are important for success. Background in these areas is helpful: building trade courses, basic math, basic residential drafting and blue print drawing.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn a Program Certificate (36 credits). Additional coursework may lead to a Diploma (60 credits) or Associate in Applied Science degree (60 credits).

Required program entrance scores:

  • ACCUPLACER:  Math - 40 (elementary algebra), Reading - 60
  • ACT:  Math – 15, Reading – 14
  • COMPASS:  Math – 33 (pre-algebra), Reading – 69

Special Costs

A $100 deposit, required upon acceptance into the program, is applied toward tuition. Fee is non-refundable if you decide not to attend BSC. A tool set, toolbox and books are required the first week of school.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can apply for membership in apprentice training programs to complete journeyman carpentry requirements or enter the workforce. Typical employment is found as rough and finish carpenters, cabinet-makers, lumberyard workers, finishers within the construction industry, or self-employment. Carpenters may advance to carpentry supervisor or general construction supervisor positions.

Additional Information

The BSC Carpentry program has met industry standards for craft training by achieving accreditation through the National Center for Construction Education and Research as an Accredited Training and Education Facility. The accreditation has endorsements from the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education and the North Dakota Associated General Contractors.

Industry Technical Standards

Awareness of these technical standards may help students determine suitability for this career.

  • Must have the ability to perform close accurate work, communicate effectively with others, present information in a clear concise manner, and follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Requires good hand and finger dexterity.
  • Requires continuous walking, frequent standing, bending, stooping, climbing ladders and stairs, kneeling, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, and carrying long or oversized loads.
  • Frequently requires working over your head.
  • Requires continuous use of hand and power tools.
  • Frequently exposed to noise, dirt, dust, fumes, extreme heat and cold and vibration.


Earl Torgerson • Tech Center 251