Pre-Apprentice Carpentry (PAC) Training

Give us 20 weeks and we’ll help you change your life. As one of the premier carpentry vocational schools in Minnesota, Our curriculum has already helped hundreds of graduates launch rewarding careers in construction and healthcare at some of the most innovative companies in Minnesota.

Our hands-on construction speciality carpentry program plugs you directly into the most relevant carpenter techniques and practices. Our carpentry school rewires your mind to take on the exciting challenges of a career in construction. This hands-on-training construction course is designed to teach students basic tools, building and designing schematics, blueprint reading and other industry practices. The relationships formed with your fellow students, industry mentors, and guest speakers provide you an invaluable network of passionate, diverse construction allies to call upon throughout your career. Explore this page to learn more about our Carpenter program.

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What does a Carpenter do?

Carpenters are skilled craftsmen who work in the construction industry fabricating primarily wood constructions. Their jobs include working on the entire framework of a building to ornate woodwork on stairs and trim. Some carpenters prefabricate cabinets and other structures in shops or factories while others work on construction sites, cutting, joining, and installing structural elements. Many specialize in one aspect of construction. Carpenters working as independent contractors, however, have the ability to work on a wide range of projects.

The constuction course is 20 weeks that consists of two phases

The tution is 100% Covered

Program starts every 10 weeks 

Pre-Apprenticeship included

Class schedule is Mon-Fri 8:30 am -2:50 pm

Carpenter Essential Duties

  • Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
  • Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
  • Measure, cut, or shape wood, plastic, and other materials
  • Construct building frameworks, including walls, floors, and doorframes
  • Help erect, level, and install building framework with the aid of rigging hardware and cranes
  • Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
  • Instruct and direct laborers and other construction helpers

What You Will Learn

  • Confidence
  • Teamwork Collaboration
  • Blueprint Reading
  • OSHA-10 Safety
  • Hand and Power tools
  • Construction mathematics
  • Building Materials
  • Wall/Floor/Stud framing
  • Concrete Framework
  • Finish Construction Carpentry course
  • Commercial Construction
  • Problem solving
  • Sheet Rocking & Shingling


Our school is actively looking for candidates who want a new career in the fields of construction, healthcare and information technology. You will not need to make any tuition payments or take out any student loans. We work to ensure your tuition is paid for entirely by grants, scholarships, and contracts. Again, it does not require any payment plan or loans

Enrollment Steps

  1. Attend an Info Session
  2. Turn in Application at the Info Session
  3. Take the Assessment Exam
  4. Complete your FAFSA & Meet with financial aid advisor
  5. Attend New Student Orientation!

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Why should you enroll at Summit?

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For more information on admission requirements, campus visits, and opportunities at Summit Acadmey, visit our Admissions page. You can see all the necessary steps you need to enroll in our shcool here.

Program Schedule

Weeks 1-10


Weeks 1-10 is a chance for you to start learning the basic knowledge of carpentry. This starts with OSHA Safety training. Then moves on to the ins-and-outs of carpentry like math principles, print reading, basic power tools like circular and saber saws. We’ll discuss everyday carpentry examples to understand how all these components impact the building process. While you’re getting a high-level view of the processes and complexities of carpentry you’ll also get a chance to learn a bit about some of the building blocks of the industry.

The first ten weeks ensures that students will have a solid foundation in construction math and basic blueprint reading. Students will be able to identify the most important hand and power tools and learn how to use them safely.


  • Understand the foundational principles of constuction
  • Gain familiarity with hand and power tools
  • Gain confidence with personal development classes

Topics covered:

  • OSHA safety
  • Building materials
  • Blue print reading
  • Building materials
  • Construction mathematics

Weeks 11-20


Weeks 11-20 is where we build on the foundations. You’ve got the skills now we put them to the test. This part of the program is designed to challenge students with a higher degree of difficulty in carpentry execution. You’ll work in pairs and small teams to work on residential and commercial framing systems. You’ll gain practical experience with the entire framing process, from problem-solving to evaluating, refinement, and execution. 

By the end of the of week 20 you will have gained a deeper understanding of carpentry and begin to see the challenges you are likely to encounter when working on a job site.


  • Learn Framing
  • Gain familiarity with concrete formwork
  • Construction Safety
  • Hands-on Installation

Topics covered:

  • Sheetrock
  • Framing Systems
  • Finish Carpentry
  • Metal Studs

Career Support

Summit Acadmey connects students with employers searching for fresh talent, but we don’t send you in unprepared. We’ll work with you to build a resume and a portfolio of work that you can show off with pride. You’ll receive coaching on interviewing strategies from your instructors as well as actionable feedback from industry recruiters and local hiring managers who spend time with you on mock interview days. Our career services team are always connecting job seekers and alumni with fresh opportunities.

 Career Success Coaches

Success sometimes depends more on who you know than what you know. Through our career coach program we introduce you to smart, supportive professionals from the Twin Cities community. During your time at Summit you wll meet with  working professionals (including Summit alum who understands exactly the rigors and rewards of your education).

Gainful Employment



The culmination of all this preparation are our career fairs, a remarkable opportunity to interview with multiple employers excited and eager to speak with you. Our huge network of employers means there are always companies ready to talk to you about open positions. Not every student lands their first breakthrough connections from a career fair, but every graduate benefits by shaking off their entry-level interviewing butterflies and gaining confidence in speaking about themselves and their portfolios.

Tuition To Change Your Future

You will have NO OUT-OF-POCKET expenses to cover tuition and no extra fees to pay. Our financial aid office is committed to administering gift aid to ensure that your tuition is covered at NO-OUT-OF-POCKET expense to you. As an institution, we do not participate in the Federal and State Student Loan programs, so there are NO LOANS TO PAY BACK.


$0 To The Student



Our Employer Network

Summit Acadmey is about preparing people for careers and we’re working hand-in-hand with industry employers to produce excellent outcomes for our students. Below are just a few of the companies that contribute to student success by providing curriculum feedback, offering apprenticeships, mentoring students and hiring graduates.


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