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NCCER Carpentry Level 1

Meet Your Instructor:

Carl Dennis

Mr. Carl Dennis is a Journeyman Carpenter with more than 20 years in the construction industry. He has worked for a variety of companies and has owned his own residential carpentry business. He is a certified operator for a wide variety of heavy equipment. He is an NCCER certified instructor for Carpentry, Construction Laborer, Reinforcing Iron, and CORE.


Contact Information

Donna Thomas, Workforce Development Counselor
Phone: 409-984-6232

What will students learn?

NCCER CORE covering: basic safety, construction site orientation, construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic rigging, communication skills, employability skills and material handling.

NCCER Carpentry Level 1 covering:

  • Orientation to the Trade - Reviews the history of the trade, describes the apprentice program, identifies career opportunities for carpentry and construction workers, and lists the skills, responsibilities, and characteristics a worker should possess. Emphasizes the importance of safety in the construction industry.
  • Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives - Introduces the building materials used in construction work, including lumber, sheet materials, engineered wood products, structural concrete, and structural steel. Also describes the fasteners and adhesives used in construction work. Discusses the methods of squaring a building.
  • Hand and Power Tools - Provides descriptions of hand tools and power tools used by carpenters. Emphasizes safe and proper operation, as well as care and maintenance.
  • Introduction to Construction Drawings, Specifications, and Layout - Covers the techniques for reading and using construction drawings and specifications with an emphasis on drawings and information relevant to the carpentry trade. Introduces quantity takeoffs.
  • Floor Systems - Covers framing basics and the procedures for laying out and constructing a wood floor using common lumber, as well as engineered building materials.

When does the course begin and end? 

This Course has multiple start dates throughout 2023-2024. Press the "Apply Now" button to see a list of start dates.

Is the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination required for this course?

No, because of the length of the course, the Texas Department of State Health Services does not require that students provide proof of a bacterial meningitis vaccination.

How many days per week?

Classes meet from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

What is the length of this class?

This class is four weeks long for a total of 160 contact hours of training.

Location of classes?

Classes will meet at Lamar State College Port Arthur, Industry Training Facility, located at 1048 Lakeshore Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77640.

How much does the class cost?

Tuition for the class is grant-funded.

Is student funding available for this class?

Tuition assistance may be available through the Wagner-Peyser Grant. Please call the College for further information.

What supplies will I need?

All training supplies will be provided.

Are there specific attendance or grading policies?

Students must complete each course during the session in which they are enrolled. No partial credit will be awarded. Students falling below 70% of attendance will be automatically dropped from the course. Students must maintain a grade average in excess of 70 in order to pass the course. Only students who successfully pass the course will be awarded NCCER Certification.

NCCER Certifications for Carpentry

NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created in 1996 as The National Center for Construction Education and Research. It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. Sharing the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, these companies created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry. This progressive program has evolved into curricula for more than 70 craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training and assessment locations across the United States.