Carpentry Certification Program 1


This program will prepare individuals to work in the construction industry in carpentry in west Michigan. It is divided into two parts to ensure adequate time for participants to gain the necessary skills. Participants will have the ability to earn a west Michigan Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)/GRCC Certificate, and program completion modules from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

This program was created with teams of employer members of Associated Builders and Contractors and is both classroom and active lab learning. Participants must have successfully passed the Construction Core certification program or one of the GRCC Job Training Programs to participate.

We will allow employer opt-out of core certification for individuals working for them who that have appropriate work experience as determined by ABC's Education Director.

Learning Modules:
  • Building Materials
  • Hand & Power Tools
  • Reading Plans and Elevations
  • Floor Systems
  • Wall & Ceiling Framing
  • Roof Framing
  • Window and Exterior Doors
  • Basic Stair Layout

Participants should have a National Career Readiness Certificate of Silver or higher for optimal success in this program.

WorkKeys Math assessment should be at a Level 4 or higher.

If you have not completed the National Career Readiness Certificate assessment.     Click here to register for WorkKeys

If you graduated from a Michigan high school within the last 3 years, you completed WorkKeys tests that make up the National Career Readiness Certificate. Previous scores within the 3 year window may be submitted to meet this pre-requisite. Contact your high school to retrieve your scores, or call ACT WorkKeys at 1-800-967-5539.

To register for this program call ABC at 616-942-9960.
This course is not currently scheduled. Please email us at for information about the next offering or if you are a business looking for customized training.