Our Carpentry program encourages a commitment to excellence and a mastery of the craft. In 36 weeks, you’ll be able to jump-start your carpentry career and earn a return on your educational investment. Our small class sizes give you plenty of one-on-one time with your instructors, who are master carpenters.

In this program, you’ll learn how to construct and renovate residential and commercial buildings. You’ll use hand tools and machines, and learn the different practices of current and emerging industry standards. You’ll experience the importance of working together safely and efficiently on building sites to meet your clients’ needs.

Our Carpentry facilities are well-suited for lectures, benchwork, and small building projects. In addition, you’ll work off-site on construction that may include house additions, garages, or similar projects.

In addition to the Full-Time program, we offer a number of woodworking and carpentry courses through our Continuing Education Department. View all CE courses here.

Carpentry Faculty

Brian Vogt PC ’94

Brian is a graduate of our Preservation Carpentry program and the Carpentry Department Head. He's worked in some of the finest cabinetry and architectural millwork shops in Boston. Brian is the founder of VOGT & Company, a residential construction company specializing in custom woodworking, trim carpentry, renovations, and historic preservation. He is also an adjunct professor at the Boston Architectural College, teaching a hands-on intensive course for their low-residency Architecture program.

Geof Shaw PC ’94
Geoffrey Shaw PC ’94
Geof has worked in the construction field for 23 years, most recently as the Director of Field Operations at a small residential/commercial design/build company. Prior to that, he worked as a carpenter and restoration carpenter on many projects, including the Yin Yu Tang House, a permanent exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. He has taught workshops in and around Boston, including with Youth Build Boston. He was also a carpentry instructor at an international public school in northern India.

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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 finishing and interior finish work
  • Stair construction
  • Building code requirements

Hours, Tuition, & Fees

  • 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, four-day weeks with longer days are common.
  • The program length is one, nine-month academic year (36 weeks or 1170 class hours***).
  • Students who complete the program receive a Diploma of Carpentry.
Tuition & Costs
  • Tuition is $25,500*, with the option of making 9 monthly payments of $2,833.
  • The 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.

Visit the Financial Aid page for more details.

*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.


We offer rolling admissions and will accept applicants throughout the year. Students start in September and the maximum class size is 26 students.

Successful applicants are dependable, have basic math skills, and enjoy physically demanding work.

Gainful Employment

Our Carpentry graduates use their skills in both residential and commercial construction. Many work for contractors on new construction and renovation projects. If you’re new to the field, you’ll typically begin as a carpenter assistant, advancing to carpenter and lead carpenter as you gain experience. Some of our graduates work in cabinet shops specializing in custom interiors or exhibitions and displays. Others become self-employed contractors.

Learn more about carpentry careers here.

View the School's gainful employment report on Carpentry here.

Note: Due to privacy concerns, on-time completion rates are withheld when fewer than ten students in a graduating class received Title IV, or "federal," financial aid during their enrollment at NBSS. Because our programs are small, this information may be withheld or appear low in any given year.

Typical earnings rates are based on the earnings of our graduates as reported to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) by the Social Security Administration (SSA), and therefore may not be an accurate reflection of potential earnings in a given field.
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