Florida Carpentry Schools and Training Programs

Career Information for Carpenters in Florida

Carpenters are trained masters of woodworking and repairing wood-based structures. These woodworkers craft anything from stairways, door frames, and partitions, to furniture and common household decor. Many carpenters are also skilled in the professional installation of wood structures. Qualified carpenters may build careers in a variety of fields, such as residential and commercial construction, designing furniture, or self-employment as a carpenter.

Florida Carpentry Schools

Florida offers residents four excellent carpentry schools where students can acquire the skills necessary to become a professional carpenter. Check out a few of these schools in the state:

  • Manatee Technical Community College: This school features four locations between Brandenton and Palmetto, Florida. Students can enroll in the college's 1,200-hour carpentry program. It's also one of the most popular carpentry schools in Florida.
  • Fort Myers Technical College: One of the top technical schools in the Fort Myers area. Aspiring carpenters can enroll in the school's Carpentry programs for essential career education.
  • Florida State College: Students may seek a Carpentry I workforce certificate. This program prepares graduates for work in the construction industry in new construction or repair and remodeling.
  • Erwin Technical College: Graduates of this Carpentry I program leave prepared for an entry-level position as a carpenter's helper. Students learn to read blueprints, framing, hang doors, and much more.

Graduation requirements from these courses typically include a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and a completion of all coursework required by the program. Please note that some courses have prerequisite requirements in reading, math, and language skills.

What to Expect from Florida Carpentry Programs

Carpentry programs prepare students for an exciting career in the field. Most programs take a hands-on approach, familiarizing students with common materials and training them to work with all the essential woodworking tools. From measuring, sawing, and nailing to advanced planning, installation, and design, graduates learn it all.

The programs aid in providing the educational foundation needed for acquiring National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Certification. Common courses may include:

  • Carpentry Helper
  • Trim & Finish Carpenter
  • Carpenter, Rough
  • Carpenter

Skills acquired may include:

  • Proficiency with carpentry tools
  • Blueprint creation
  • Professional installation
  • Woodwork design

Those working within the building industry also acquire an understanding of building codes.

Florida Carpenter Certification

Currently, the state of Florida does not require carpenters to obtain a license to work within the field. However, carpenters can seek NCCER core certification to open the door for more career opportunities. In addition, certification typically improves earning potential.

The only time a carpenter may need licensing from another industry is when their work falls under the umbrella of a general contractor.

Resources for Carpenters in Florida


  1. Carpentry, Fort Meyers Technical College, https://www.fortmyerstech.edu/content.php?program=58, accessed September 27, 2016.
  2. Carpenters, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/carpenters.htm, accessed September 27, 2016.
  3. Carpentry, Master Trainers, Instructors, & Employers, NCCER, http://www.nccer.org/carpentry, accessed September 27, 2016.

Schools for Carpenters in Florida are listed below.

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More Florida Carpentry Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Broward College Fort Lauderdale Associate 31,730
Daytona State College Daytona Beach Bachelor 13,675
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee Masters & First Professional 11,562
Florida Community College at Jacksonville Jacksonville Bachelor 24,939
Gulf Coast Community College Panama City Associate 5,758
Hillsborough Community College Tampa Associate 22,621
Indian River State College Fort Pierce Bachelor 14,932
Manatee Community College Bradenton Associate 9,869
Miami Dade College Miami Bachelor 54,094
Palm Beach Community College Lake Worth Associate 22,881
Pensacola Junior College Pensacola Associate 10,728
Saint Johns River Community College Palatka Associate 5,111
Santa Fe College Gainesville Associate 14,824
Seminole Community College Sanford Associate 12,745
South Florida Community College Avon Park Associate 2,787
Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee Associate 13,776
University of Florida Gainesville Doctorate & First Professional 51,725
University of North Florida Jacksonville Doctorate 16,406
Valencia Community College Orlando Associate 32,870

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Carpenters

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Carpenters relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Gainesville 350 $34900 0.6
Homosassa Springs 80 $29900 0.58
Jacksonville 2630 $32920 0.91
Cape Coral 2130 $37010 1.94
Fort Myers 2130 $37010 1.94
Crestview 600 $27520 1.28
Fort Walton Beach 600 $27520 1.28
Destin 600 $27520 1.28
Deltona 1380 $32450 1.63
Daytona Beach 1380 $32450 1.63
Ormond Beach 1380 $32450 1.63
Orlando 5540 $35890 1.07
Kissimmee 5540 $35890 1.07
Sanford 5540 $35890 1.07
Palm Bay 890 $33300 0.98
Melbourne 890 $33300 0.98
Titusville 890 $33300 0.98
Panama City 400 $32910 1.08
Pensacola 470 $31200 0.63
Ferry Pass 470 $31200 0.63
Brent 470 $31200 0.63
Port St. Lucie 850 $33360 1.4
Punta Gorda 240 $30820 1.19
Lakeland 1050 $30990 1.1
Winter Haven 1050 $30990 1.1
Miami 9730 $35940 0.86
Fort Lauderdale 9730 $35940 0.86
West Palm Beach 9730 $35940 0.86
Naples 1280 $35030 2.11
Immokalee 1280 $35030 2.11
Marco Island 1280 $35030 2.11
North Port 1650 $36310 1.3
Sarasota 1650 $36310 1.3
Bradenton 1650 $36310 1.3
Ocala 260 $29000 0.59
Sebastian 490 $37530 2.28
Vero Beach 490 $37530 2.28
Sebring 140 $33610 1.22
Tallahassee 500 $36930 0.68
Tampa 4430 $33860 0.79
St. Petersburg 4430 $33860 0.79
Clearwater 4430 $33860 0.79
The Villages 190 $30650 1.72
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