The nationally and internationally recognized carpentry program at North Bennet Street School (NBSS) has a well-earned reputation for excellence and value. The full-time program offers a stimulating curriculum, supportive environment and master faculty and encourages a commitment to excellence and technical mastery. The intensive, 36-week, full-time course of study allows students to jump-start their carpentry careers and quickly earn a return on their educational investment.



The nine-month, hands-on curriculum trains students to construct and renovate residential and commercial buildings through skilled use of tools and machines, knowledge of efficient procedures and an understanding of construction principles including current and emerging industry standards and building practices.   

Topics include:

  • Basic math for carpenters
  • Identification and measurement of materials
  • Blueprint reading
  • Proper use of hand and power tools
  • Selection of building materials
  • Project management and estimating
  • Building site preparation and requirements
  • Framing procedures including floors, walls and roofs
  • Door and window installation
  • Exterior and interior finish work
  • Stair construction
  • Building code requirements  
Students enjoy working on projects in the field. 

The Carpentry program’s 13:1 student teacher ratio ensures ample one-to-one instruction and supervision from master carpenters. Students experience the importance of working together on building sites and working quickly, safely and efficiently to satisfy client needs.  


The Carpentry program meets in a bench room well suited for lectures, benchwork, and small building projects. The machine and model building shop are shared with the Preservation Carpentry program. In addition, students travel to and participate in on-site construction projects that are selected to meet the curriculum.  


Brian Vogt

Brian Vogt graduated from the North Bennet Street School Preservation Carpentry program in 1994. After graduation, he refined his skills at some of Boston’s finest cabinetry and architectural millwork shops. In 1998, Brian founded VOGT & Company, a residential construction company specializing in custom woodworking, trim carpentry, renovations and historic preservation. Before becoming the lead instructor in the NBSS carpentry program, Brian taught workshops in the NBSS Continuing Education program.  

Read all NBSS faculty profiles here. 


NBSS Carpentry graduates apply their technical knowledge and skills in both residential and commercial construction. Many work for contractors doing both new and renovation projects including rough and finish work. Individuals new to the field typically begin as carpenter assistants and advance to carpenter and lead carpenter with time and experience. Some graduates find employment in cabinet shops specializing in custom interiors or exhibitions and displays. Other alumni become self-employed contractors. Read more about carpentry careers here

Click here for the school's gainful employment report.

“NBSS’s full-time, hands-on approach appealed to me. The Carpentry program provided a fast-paced, intensive understanding about building construction that laid the foundation for my career.”

Peter Feinmann ’83
President, Feinmann, Inc.,
an award-winning residential design/build firm


NBSS offers rolling admissions and accepts qualified applicants throughout the year. Successful applicants are dependable, have basic math skills and enjoy physically demanding work. Learn more about the admissions process.


  • Students are admitted in September. 
  • The maximum enrollment is 26 students.
  • Classes typically meet 7:30 am - 2:30 pm, Monday - Friday, September through May although when working on site, 4-day weeks with longer days are common.
  • The program length is one, nine-month academic year (36 weeks or 1170 class hours***). 
  • Tuition is $25,500*, with the option of making 9 monthly payments of $2,833. 
  • ‚ÄčThe estimated cost of hand tools is $2,500.
  • The estimated cost of books is $250.
  • The cost of materials is $900, billed as monthly installments of $100.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to site work.
  • Students who complete the program receive a Diploma of Carpentry.

*The tuition rate is for students entering North Bennet Street School between September 2017 and June 2018.

**North Bennet Street School reserves the right to increase tuition in the second and subsequent years of a course. If the school does increase tuition for a course in subsequent years, that increase will not exceed 7.5% of the previous year’s tuition. Should the school exercise its right to increase tuition, the school must give the student a minimum of ninety (90) days written notice prior to the effective date of the increase and a new enrollment agreement will be executed. 

*** Class hours equals clock hours.




Build your dream

Carpentry students work on projects in the Boston area. Do you have a project that needs a team of carpenters ? If yes, learn more.

Workshops and short courses

In addition to full-time programs, NBSS offers Continuing Education workshops and short courses in woodworking and carpentry. Click here for details.

Learn more and ask questions about the Carpentry program.
Students in the 2012 class built a house from the ground up. Read the story.
Carpentry students work on residential projects for clients. Learn how to submit a project to be considered.