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"Working full time and going to school full time go hand-in-hand. You are able to bring real-life experience into the classroom and help other students…but at the same time, you get to bring the new knowledge you're learning and apply it at the job where you're employed." 

Jeff Krebs, BBCM Class of 2014

Professional Certificate



The construction certificate at Wentworth Institute of Technology is designed for individuals who are either looking to enter the construction industry or would like to gain additional skills to advance in the field.  Through this program students will build skills in: plan reading, estimating, wood framing, and masonry.

This program is conveniently formatted for adult learners, with fast-paced seven week courses that allow you to quickly gain career-enhancing skills.  A construction certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the required four courses.

This certificate provides students with a head start on a degree program by offering advanced standing college credit in two courses: BLDG155 Construction Methods and BLDG200 Construction Estimating.

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Admissions Requirements

Successful applicants for admission should

  • Be 22 years of age or older
  • Have a minimum of 3 years work experience

Each Course

  • Length: 7 weeks
  • CEUs: 3.5

Certificate Requirements

  • Plan Reading
  • Estimating
  • Wood Framing
  • Masonry

Course Descriptions

TCON0210 Plan Reading: Fundamentals of plan reading including symbols, dimension, and structural details with emphasis on architectural, structural, and site plans for building construction projects.

TCON0220 Estimating: Fundamentals of preparing a detailed cost estimate including performing material quantity takeoffs, pricing labor and equipment and evaluating overhead costs. Emphasis will be placed on wood, masonry and site cast concrete. Prerequisite: TCON0210 Plan Reading or equivalent experience.

TCON0230 Wood Framing: This course is designed to familiarize the student with the most common methods of wood framing, including rough building layouts of floor, wall, and roof systems.

TCON0240 Masonry: Students receive practical instruction in the fundamentals of masonry, including the use of masonry tools and materials. Cements, mortars, different Bonds, Estimating, Flashing and washing masonry are discussed. Paving and concrete blocks are also covered by lecture and laboratory practice.

TCON0170 OSHA Training (Elective): OSHA 30-Hour Construction Courses are designed for construction foremen, superintendents and engineers, safety professionals, construction managers, plant engineers, construction inspectors and any other personnel responsible for workplace safety. Other topics include: OSHA Standards, OSHA Act, OSHA Recordkeeping, Multi-Employer Worksite Issues, Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space Entry, Personal Protective Equipment, Fire Protection and Prevention, Material Handling, Storage, Use, Disposal, Hand and Power Tools, Welding & Cutting, Scaffolding, Fall Protection, Cranes/Derricks, and much more. There are no prerequisites required for this course and the cost is $300.

Program Notes: Courses are awarded Continuing Education Units (CEUs), not college credit. Courses are designed to be taken one at a time and in sequence. 

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