Program Overview

  • Location
  • Tuition
  • Program Length
    1 semester
  • Learning Environment
  • Financial Aid
    FAFSA Eligible

Program Description

The Carpentry program offers students hands-on experience in all aspects of residential construction, from the foundation to the finishing touches. Upon completion, students gain the necessary knowledge and practical skills to start their careers in the construction industry at an entry-level position. They also have the option to pursue a four-year apprenticeship program, where credit may be granted for the work completed at Hawaiʻi Community College. Graduates are well-prepared for employment opportunities or further advancement in the field of carpentry.

The Model Home Project
Students in the Carpentry program construct a unique residential dwelling annually for a Native Hawaiian family. The project extends beyond carpentry, as students from various construction trades programs at Hawai’i CC collaborate to design, wire, and landscape these homes. It provides valuable hands-on experience and showcases the collective skills and craftsmanship of the students involved.

Degrees & Certificates


Associate of Applied Science – Carpentry (70 credits) – Tuition: $9,170


Certificate of Achievement – Carpentry (58 credits) – Tuition: $7,598


Completing the Carpentry program opens up career opportunities as carpenters in the construction industry, working for companies or as independent contractors. Graduates can advance to higher positions and specialize in areas like cabinetry or finish carpentry.

Learn more about Hawaiʻi Community College – Hilo’s Carpentry program