Our Carpentry (CA) program is recognized on both a national and international level. You’ll work with instructors on a stimulating curriculum in a supportive environment. The program encourages a commitment to excellence and a mastery of the craft. This 36-week program allows you to jump-start your carpentry career and earn a return on your educational investment.

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. Our small class sizes give you plenty of one-on-one time with your instructors, who are master carpenters. You’ll experience the importance of working together on building sites to quickly, safely, and efficiently meet your clients’ needs.

Our Carpentry facilities are well-suited for lectures, benchwork, and small building projects. You’ll share the machine and model building shop with our Preservation Carpentry program. You’ll often visit and participate in on-site construction projects that complement the curriculum.


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


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 taught part-time in our Continuing Education classes before joining the faculty as a full-time instructor.

Aaron Butt

Aaron has a degree in History from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. Shortly after graduating, Aaron realized that the years he spent watching his father build and renovate homes for the family had planted a seed. Having learned the use of tools at a young age, he found himself working full time as a carpenter soon after college. For 13 years Aaron worked for Covenant LLC, a boutique firm on the North Shore focused on high end construction and renovation. Moving up through the ranks from Carpenter to Site Supervisor he discovered a love of training and teaching newly hired employees.

Aaron brings a passion for excellence and a focus on method and precision to his position at NBSS. View his work on Instagram @aaronthomasaquinas

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.

Click here for the School's gainful employment report.

Hours & Tuition

  • 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.

*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.


Contact Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions, at 617-227-0155 x111 or admissions@nbss.edu.

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