Texas Carpentry Schools and Training Programs

Career Information for Carpenters in Texas

Carpenters repair and construct building structures and frameworks that are made from various materials, including wood. These structures can include bridge supports, rafters, partitions, doorframes and stairways. Carpentry can also involve the installation of drywall, siding and kitchen cabinets. If you're considering a career as a carpenter, you may consider a Texas carpentry school or program to help prepare you for entry-level work.

Texas Carpentry Schools

Some carpenters may learn on the job, starting out by assisting a qualified carpenter. However, most carpenters can gather their skills through a program that involves an apprenticeship. There are several carpentry schools in Texas that can provide the relevant qualifications, these include:

  • Costal Bend College: With a main campus in Beeville and other sites in Pleasanton, Kingsville and Alice, CBC offers a carpentry course that lasts for one year.
  • Everest Institute-Bissonnet: At the Houston campus of Everest Colleges, Institutes and Universities, students are able to acquire all of the skillsets needed to go on and pursue an apprenticeship in carpentry. The carpentry course involves learning the craft within a professional-level workshop.
  • Laredo Community College: Established in 1947, Laredo Community College is the oldest institute of higher education in Texas. They offer a one-year carpentry technology course which covers a plethora of topics including conventional wall systems and construction estimating.
  • St. Philip's College: Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges, St. Philip's College offers a wide range of programs including a residential and commercial carpentry program.
  • Austin Community College District: Enrolling over 43,000 credit students, ACC has a large number of campuses that are based in Austin, Texas. The carpentry specialization program is a one-year course aimed at those wanting to become framing sub-contractors or house framers.

What to Expect from Texas Carpentry Programs

By joining a program at a carpentry school in Texas, it can provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills required for you to go on and gain an apprenticeship within the trade. Your experiences throughout the program can involve classroom-based learning as well as hands on experiences that help you to develop your carpentry skills. During the program, you may learn about:

  • Cabinet installation
  • Countertop installation
  • Door and window installation
  • Stair construction
  • Wood and metal structural framing
  • Blueprint reading

Texas Carpentry Certification and License

There aren't any specific licenses that need acquiring in order to become a carpenter in Texas. However, all carpenters will need to undergo and pass the 10- and 30-hour safety courses that are conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) is also offered by the National Association of Home Builders through the Home Builders Institute for those who want to earn a certificate before they take on an apprenticeship. Some technical schools do also offer carpentry degrees that are affiliated with contractor organizations or unions whilst some apprenticeship program credits may also count towards an associate's degree.

Resources for Carpenters in Texas


  1. Carpenters Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/carpenters.htm, accessed September 14, 2016
  2. O*NET OnLine Summary Report for Carpenters, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/47-2031.00, accessed September 14, 2016

Schools for Carpenters in Texas are listed below.

Selected Carpentry Schools in Texas

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More Texas Carpentry Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Austin Community College District Austin Associate 33,508
Brazosport College Lake Jackson Bachelor 3,753
Coastal Bend College Beeville Associate 3,196
Hill College Hillsboro Associate 3,556
Houston Community College Houston Associate 43,518
Lee College Baytown Associate 5,856
McLennan Community College Waco Associate 8,079
Midland College Midland Bachelor 5,739
North Lake College Irving Associate 9,835
Prairie View A & M University Prairie View Doctorate 8,382
Sam Houston State University Huntsville Doctorate 16,496
San Jacinto Community College Pasadena Associate 23,805
Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde Associate 4,716
St Philips College San Antonio Associate 9,256
Texarkana College Texarkana Associate 4,439
Texas A & M University College Station Doctorate 46,542
Texas A & M University-Commerce Commerce Doctorate 8,813
Texas State Technical College Harlingen Harlingen Associate 4,957
Texas State Technical College-West Texas Sweetwater Associate 1,639
Texas State University-San Marcos San Marcos Doctorate 28,121
University of Houston Houston Doctorate & First Professional 34,663
University of North Texas Denton Doctorate 34,710

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Carpenters

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Texas. 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


Abilene 230 $27460 0.78
Amarillo 340 $43940 0.64
Austin 2630 $35630 0.61
Round Rock 2630 $35630 0.61
Houston 10410 $35190 0.77
The Woodlands 10410 $35190 0.77
Sugar Land 10410 $35190 0.77
Beaumont 1060 $44920 1.39
Port Arthur 1060 $44920 1.39
Brownsville 180 $29130 0.29
Harlingen 180 $29130 0.29
College Station 280 $34680 0.6
Bryan 280 $34680 0.6
Corpus Christi 800 $37070 0.92
Dallas 8350 $33520 0.55
Fort Worth 8350 $33520 0.55
Arlington 8350 $33520 0.55
El Paso 1040 $26790 0.77
San Angelo 240 $31110 1.1
San Antonio 2860 $35960 0.65
New Braunfels 2860 $35960 0.65
Laredo 140 $33430 0.32
Longview 0 $32860 0
Lubbock 530 $30540 0.84
McAllen 280 $29170 0.25
Edinburg 280 $29170 0.25
Mission 280 $29170 0.25
Midland 110 $35360 0.26
Killeen 500 $34060 0.81
Temple 500 $34060 0.81
Odessa 190 $41920 0.54
Sherman 130 $33590 0.67
Denison 130 $33590 0.67
Tyler 220 $35080 0.49
Victoria 150 $33600 0.78
Waco 310 $32160 0.61
Wichita Falls 150 $33250 0.55
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