The Residential Builder certificate program is intended to provide entry level skills, training, and education to obtain employment as a building construction technician. The curriculum emphasizes all aspects of framing, exterior finish, interior finish, masonry, and concrete applications. Classroom instruction in safety regulations and code compliance issues is included. This curriculum also addresses the residential construction industry's need for specific training in home remodeling.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics median hourly wages of wage and salary construction laborers in May 2008 were $13.71. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.74 and $18.57. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.67, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $25.98.
Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Other Specialty Trade Contractors||116,110||$15.75||$32,770|
|Nonresidential Building Construction||102,350||$17.02||$35,410|
|Residential Building Construction||82,850||$15.52||$32,280|
|Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors||78,480||$15.40||$32,030|
*Statistics reported in May 2010
View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Students are required to purchase their own personal tools as they progress through the program. Not all tools are required initially, and students should talk to their instructors on the first day of classes to find out which ones are required. Students who qualify for financial aid may purchase their tools through the College Store.
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Construction Management Association (CMA)
Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)
Sigma Lambda Chi
Carpentry & Construction Technology Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.