Framing and Construction | Western Technical College

Framing and Construction


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Not Financial Aid Eligible

This certificate gives you the opportunity to develop the rough carpentry skills required in construction. Course topics include tools and equipment, safety, framing techniques, the construction process, and blueprint reading. The hands-on experiences prepare you for work as part of a framing crew.

Courses are offered in an 11-week, accelerated format on nights and weekends to fit your busy schedule. There are scholarship opportunities that cover 75 percent of tuition as well as the cost of standard carpenter tools ($125 value).

Held at Western’s Welding and Apprenticeship Facility on La Crosse’s south side, near the Ward Avenue Theater.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Framing and Construction

This program will cost about $1,000* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact a Career Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Rough Carpenter
Carpenter Assistant
Construction Laborer

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Framing and Construction

Career Pathways

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