Build Your Story in the Construction Trades

Endorsed by the Association of Building Contractors, the Rhode Island Builders Association and EnergyStar, the WACTC Construction Trades program trains its students in a variety of trade skills, preparing them for the growing construction, cabinetmaking and renovation market. Successful program graduates are awarded National Center for Construction and Education and Research carpentry certificates.


Successful program graduates are awarded National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) carpentry certificates.

Articulation Agreements

The New England Institute of Technology will award up to 24 credits to qualified graduates.


The curriculum is developed, maintained, and provided by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). The Carpentry program is certified by the Association of General Contractors of America and the instructors are certified by NCCER.

Year One

Workplace safety, including the OSHA safety training and certification required for those on worksites, begins the program. Students then progress to the safe and proper use of hand and power tools. Correct practice and application of construction techniques including residential layout, house locations, framing, sheathing, roofing, interior and exterior trim, remodeling and renovation, cabinet installation, stair construction and new techniques in house building – particularly energy efficiency – are all introduced. In addition, students are introduced to joinery and millwork fabrication techniques for architectural millwork, casework, cabinetry, and furniture; design; material estimation; layout; and finishes.

Years Two and Three

The studies introduced in Year One are continued and expanded during the next two years of the program. House building skills are enhanced through the construction of one or more homes and other significant home related building projects. Joinery and millwork projects are completed in the well equipped Carpentry shop with students being challenged with progressively more complex woodworking projects.