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Residential Construction Program Details

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
36 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
One Year

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire and River Falls

Start Dates

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $8,163

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Gainful Employment Data

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.

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Get a Job

100% of our Residential Construction graduates get a job in the industry.

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Make More Money

Our recent Residential Construction graduates reported an average starting salary of $37,208.

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1 Year
Earn a Diploma Fast

Earn a Residential Construction technical diploma in just one year.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Residential Construction program.
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  • Framing Methods/Building the Envelope
    Students will learn the fundamentals of planning, layout, and rough framing. By the end of the course, students will develop 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.


  • Builder
  • Carpenter
  • Framing Laborer
  • Laborer
  • Roofer

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!

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