Professional Certificate in Construction

Professional & Continuing Education

Part Time
Part-Time Degree & Certificate Programs
On Campus

Program Description

Broaden your skills in construction

Wentworth’s construction certificate program offers a fast-paced course of study for adult learners who are looking to enter the construction industry or who would like to gain career-enhancing skills in plan reading, estimating, wood framing and masonry.

The program encompasses four courses, each worth 3.5 CEUs and each lasting only seven weeks. While studying at Wentworth, you’ll enjoy access to all of the Institute’s resources and support services, including the library, academic advising, career counseling and technical support.

Learn more about our Department of Construction Management.


  • Program Objectives

    Pursing a construction certificate from Wentworth enables you to:

    • Master the symbols, dimension and structural details of plan reading
    • Learn how to prepare a detailed cost estimate by pricing labor and equipment and assessing overhead
    • Gain hands-on experience in the fundamentals of masonry and wood framing
    • Understand how to ensure workplace safety through the optional OSHA training course
  • Admissions Requirements & Tuition

    Admissions Requirements: 


    • $750 per course 
  • Start Terms

    • Spring
    • Fall
  • Program Curriculum

    • Plan Reading  Students learn the fundamentals of plan reading, including symbols, dimension and structural details with emphasis on architectural, structural and site plans for building construction projects.
    • Estimating – This course covers the 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.
    • Wood Framing – This course is designed to familiarize students with the most common methods of wood framing, including rough building layouts of floor, wall and roof systems.
    • 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.



    • 30 Hour OSHA Training – 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 and cutting, scaffolding, fall protection, cranes/derricks, and much more. There are no pre-requisites for this optional course and the cost is $300.