Carpentry skills to achieve excellence in the field
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NCCER’s curriculum in carpentry teaches trainees to construct, erect, install and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. This curriculum covers content such as Building Materials, Cabinet Fabrication and Advanced Wall Systems to successfully work in a variety of construction activities.
Prerequisites: Carpentry I Certificate or Employer Approval
Describes how to read and interpret a set of commercial drawings and specifications.
Describes the types and grades of steel framing materials, and includes instructions for selecting and installing metal framing for interior and exterior walls, loadbearing and nonbearing walls, partitions, and other applications.
Covers the various types of exterior finish materials and their installation procedures, including wood, metal, vinyl, and fiber-cement siding.
Covers the selection and installation of various types of insulating materials in walls, floors, and attics. Also covers the uses and installation practices for vapor barriers and waterproofing materials.
Describes how to properly prepare the roof deck and install roofing for residential and commercial buildings.
Describes the installation of metal doors and related hardware in steel-framed, wood-framed, and masonry walls, along with their related hardware, such as locksets and door closers. Also discusses the installation of wood doors, folding doors, and pocket doors.
Describes the various types of gypsum drywall, their uses, and the fastening devices and methods used to install them. Contains detailed instructions for installing drywall on walls and ceilings using nails, drywall screws, and adhesives. Also discusses fire- and sound-rated walls.
Describes the materials, tools, and methods used to finish and patch gypsum drywall. Also discussed automatic and manual taping and finishing tools.
Describes the materials, layout, and installation procedures for many types of suspended ceilings used in commercial construction, as well as ceiling tiles, drywall suspension systems, and pan-type ceilings.
Describes the different types of trim used in finish work and focuses on the proper methods for selecting, cutting, and fastening trim to achieve a professional finished appearance.
Provides detailed instructions for the selection and installation of base and wall cabinets and countertops.
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