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Technical Diploma

Residential Construction

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Residential Construction Overview

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.

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

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Just the Facts

Residential Construction
33 Credit Technical Diploma

Program Length
One Year

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire, River Falls

Start Months


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $7,465

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Career Opportunities

Assistant Project Manager



General Contractor

Independent Contractor

Graduate Employers

Ashley Construction

C&M Home Builders

Dutch Enterprises

Hurlburt Heating & Plumbing

Lake County Builders Inc

Market & Johnson

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Residential Construction graduates reported an average starting salary of $42,868.



82% of our recent Residential Construction graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 361 job openings in the CVTC district for the Residential Construction industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Residential Construction program.

Sample Courses

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.

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Tyler, Residential Construction Student

The CVTC Residential Construction program is a lot of fun and it’s rewarding. You can step back and say, ‘I helped build this house from the top to the bottom.’


Residential Construction Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Architectural Structural Design, Associate Degree

Manufacturing Quality, Technical Diploma

Residential Construction Management, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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