Program Description

Build your future with CVTC’s Residential Construction program. Your construction training will be hands-on and will include building a full-scale home under the supervision of an experienced instructor. You can earn a technical diploma in one year and start your career.

The construction classes will cover:

  • Construction concepts from blueprint reading to roofing
  • Estimating (residential)
  • Energy conservation

You will gain the following skills:

  • Construction safety
  • Blueprint reading
  • Framing
  • Building stair systems
  • Roofing
  • Estimating (residential)
  • Planning construction
  • Building for sustainability
  • Installing doors and windows
  • Building for energy conservation
  • Finishing exterior and interior
  • Installing cabinets

Students spend 20 hours a week at the project site constructing a home. The other time is spent in the classroom reinforcing concepts used at the project site.

Just the Facts:

Residential Construction
35 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
One Year

Delivery Method:
Face to Face

Program Location:
Eau Claire and River Falls

Start Dates:

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Program Outcomes

Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $7,753

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How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application. If you are ready to apply now, click here.

Get more detailed program information.


Get a Job

93% of CVTC graduates get a job within 6 months after graduation.


Make More Money

Our recent Residential Construction graduates reported an average starting salary of $32,333.

1 Year

Earn a Diploma Fast

Earn a Residential Construction technical diploma in just one year.

Career Outlook

Construction work is challenging and physically demanding but comes with great reward as you complete projects.

Although the construction industry is constantly changing based on the strength of the economy, your training and skills will help you land a great job!



These are a few of the courses you will take in the Residential Construction program. For more detailed course info click here.

  • Framing Methods/Building the Envelope
    Students will learn the fundamentals of planning, layout, and rough framing and by the end of the course students should have developed the skills to frame a structure and apply the “Energy Star and Green Certification” requirements to residential construction.
  • Roof Systems and Stairs
    The major emphasis of this course will be on roof systems, from hand framing simple gable roofs to advanced intersecting roofs using trusses and stair design, layout, and installation.
  • Finish Carpentry Interior/Exterior
    This course introduces the student to the basic methods of selecting and installing interior trim, doors, cabinets, exterior soffit and wall finishes, and building decks.
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