Online Companion: Residential Construction Academy - Carpentry

Dear Construction Student:

Congratulations on choosing a career in construction! You’ve chosen an outstanding career path, and we would like to tell you about the learning tools, materials and program that will help you enter this dynamic industry and growing workforce.

Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and publisher Thomson Delmar Learning, a part of the Thomson Corporation, joined forces to develop a comprehensive residential construction program to offer you the advantage in starting a career in the building industry. The Residential Construction Academy Series is the result of this enterprise.

Setting the program apart and offering you the added advantage are the National Skill Standards that are an integral part of the Academy’s books and materials. Whether it’s basic construction, or a specific field such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC or facilities maintenance, industry experts have identified the skills employers are looking for in the construction workforce.

As a student in the construction field, you may want to join the National Association of Home Builders as a student member through your school’s NAHB Student Chapter, and collect the benefits of membership in the housing industry’s largest trade association.

If your instructor has been credentialed by HBI, you are eligible for a Certificate of Completion once you finish and pass this course. The certificate will let potential employers know that you successfully completed this course in the housing industry’s premiere construction career program.

In addition, once you successfully complete a Residential Construction Academy course, you are entitled to be listed on the Home Builders Institute’s National Registry, connecting you directly to employers at the click of a mouse!

As you can see, the Residential Construction Academy Series is setting the standard for home building excellence. Now, you are part of this unique and distinguished program where excellence is the standard rather than the exception. Welcome!

We wish all the best in your studies and your chosen career!

Steve Kramer
Director, Residential Construction Academy
Alison Weintraub
Acquisitions Editor, Thomson Delmar Learning

For more information, visit the Residential Construction Academy website at!