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Residential Construction

Residential Construction

  • Technical Diploma - One Year
  • Program Code: 31-475-3
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • First-Line Supervisors
  • Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
  • Construction Carpenters
  • Rough Carpenters
  • Helpers - Carpenters
  • Terrazzo Workers and Finishers

The Residential Construction Program can help you prepare for a variety of careers in the home building industry. This field needs people with physical abilities and good analytical skills.

  • Excellent manual dexterity
  • Good eye-hand coordination
  • Good sense of balance
  • Good business sense and math skills
  • Well-developed organizational skills
  • Good attention to detail

During your first semester you'll learn the basics of the residential construction industry.

  • Construction safety
  • Construction concepts
  • Blueprint reading
  • Materials and fasteners
  • Rough framing
  • Stair systems
  • Roof framing
  • Roofing

The second semester of instruction builds on that background.

  • Estimating (residential)
  • Construction planning
  • Sustainability
  • Doors and windows
  • Energy Conservation
  • Exterior finish
  • Interior finish
  • Cabinet installation

You'll also receive instruction in incorporating "green" technologies and materials in construction projects, and Wisconsin Energy Star specifications. This program includes plenty of hands-on experience. Your final project will be to help construct a full-scale, high-quality home on an actual job site under the close supervision of an experienced instructor.

The construction industry fluctuates with the strength of the economy, but the employment outlook for skilled people with training is expected to be good. You have options!

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 35
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 62 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 25 (only used for course placement)
ACT Composite Score: 18 or higher

Admission Process Complete

Once the above items have been completed, you will be considered for enrollment based on current openings in the program.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.


Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.