NCCER General Carpentry, 6th Edition © 2023

NCCER General Carpentry, published by Pearson, is an ideal resource to explore this essential, growing construction field.

  • Streamlined design for visual learners
  • Reorganized modules for new regulations and best practices
  • QR codes link to instructional videos
  • Updated images of the latest tools and equipment
  • Powerful NCCERconnect online course
  • Prepare students for industry-recognized certification

Prepare Learners for Career in Carpentry

An exceptionally produced carpentry trainee guide with a highly illustrated design, technical hints, and tips from industry experts.


Industry Recognized Authorship

General Carpentry is authored by the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER®), a non-profit education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum and credentialing.


Prepare Students for Certification

The curriculum for General Carpentry was developed to prepare students for the NCCER Carpentry Certification Exam. We worked with the industry so the skills gained in the class could apply anywhere.


Prioritize Safety

The latest edition has a greater emphasis on safety and includes the latest international building and residential codes.


Address Environmental Concerns

The Going Green feature explores ways to preserve the environment, save energy, and make good choices regarding the health of the planet.

Carpentry Teaching Solutions

  • Clear Objectives
  • Digital Resources
  • Multimedia Resources

Clear Objectives

  • Up Front Explanations
    Each section lays out up front what students need to know by the end.
  • End-of-Chapter Practice
    Courses are also structured to provide opportunities at the end to practice what they learned.
  • Module Objectives
    Objectives at the beginning of each module list the skills and knowledge needed to complete the module successfully.
  • Prioritize Safety
    Safety features throughout the text emphasize the importance of always being vigilant on the job.

Digital Resources

  • Student eText
    Students can access a complete eText with search and navigation features.
  • Formative and Summative Assessment
    Homework assignments and assessments feature options for instant feedback that is recorded to the Gradebook.
  • Classroom Presentations
    Dynamic Presentations can be used as a remote lecture or module review.
  • Classroom Management
    Teachers have the ability to make assignments for the entire class or individual students and track results with a gradebook and reporting tools.

Multimedia Resources

  • Engaging Videos
    Engaging videos provide visual instruction to support the text.
  • Photos and Graphics
    Numerous photos and graphics throughout the text hold students’ attention and help them better absorb information.
  • Safety with Tools
    Proper use of tools and equipment are explained in text, diagrams, and videos to ensure complete understanding.
  • Real-world Projects
    Performance-Based Projects simulate on-the-job scenarios including materials, tools, directions and assessments.

Learn more about the industry recognized authorship team, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER®)


NCCER Overview

Learn more about the organization we partner with and the resources they provide to create a rich curriculum.

Online Platform for your General Carpentry CTE Program


NCCERconnect prepares students for work as craft professionals by enhancing learning with a range of visual, auditory, and interactive elements. Ideal for blended, virtual, or traditional classroom environments, it's perfect for your craft training course. Teachers can deliver instruction using pre-loaded content and course management tools, streamline training, and track results through the online gradebook.

Additional General Carpentry Resources

  • Downloadable Teacher Resources
  • Lesson Plans
  • PowerPoint® Presentations
  • Printable Exams
  • Performance Profile Sheets

Downloadable Teacher Resources

Access the complete collection of Teacher Resources provided for NCCER General Carpentry.

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Lesson Plans

Precreated lesson plans for each module provide the teacher with key instructional support including objectives, teaching time, prerequisites, safety considerations, materials checklists, and more!

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PowerPoint® Presentations

Pre-made presentations for each module are available so teachers can easily use them during an in-person lecture or an online class.

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Printable Exams

Module exams are provided in PDF format to easily print and administer. An answer key is included.

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Performance Profile Sheets

These evaluation sheets provide a space to record ratings for student performance on tasks specific to the module.

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Frequently Asked Questions About General Carpentry

  • What topics are included in the Table of Contents?
    • Module 1: Orientation to Carpentry
    • Module 2: Building Materials and Fasteners
    • Module 3: Construction Plans & Documents
    • Module 4: Principles of Site and Building Layout
    • Module 5: Floor Systems
    • Module 6: Wall Systems
    • Module 7 Roof Framing
    • Module 8: Basic Stair Layout
    • Module 9: Building Envelope Systems
  • What grade levels is this text appropriate for?
    Grades 9-12
  • What types of courses is this text best suited for?
    This program is designed for introductory carpentry courses.
  • What is NCCER?
    The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER®) was founded in 1996 with the goal of developing a safe and productive workforce with standardized training and credentialing. With over 40 craft and maintenance areas and 6,000+ Training locations, NCCER is the leader in building the next generation of industry professionals.
  • Does this course align to any industry certifications?
    General Carpentry meets the standards for the NCCER Carpentry Certification.
  • What Student Resources are available?
    Available Student Resources include the Hardcover Trainee Guide and student access to NCCERconnect.
  • What Teacher Resources are available?
    Available Teacher Resources include NCCERconnect Teacher Access, Lesson Plans, PowerPoint® Presentations, Printable Exams, and Performance Profile Sheets.
  • What are the digital license options?
    Student digital access to NCCERconnect can be bundled with the Trainee Guide or purchased separately for 1 year.
  • Is there an option to bundle NCCER General Carpentry with NCCER Core?
    Yes, you can now bundle NCCER Core: Introduction to Basic Construction Skills with General Carpentry! Ask your Savvas Account Manager about the print and digital bundle options.

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