Information on the alignment requirements for the Construction Technology Program

CIP Code: 46.0201
CIP Name: Carpentry/Carpenter
Definition: A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to lay out, cut, fabricate, erect, install, and repair wooden structures and fixtures, using hand and power tools. Includes instruction in technical mathematics, framing, construction materials and selection, job estimating, blueprint reading, foundations and roughing-in, finish carpentry techniques, and applicable codes and standards.

Approval Status

The Construction Technology Program Alignment was originally approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on March 11, 2009. After going through the realignment process, the Technical Education Authority approved the amended Construction Technology Program Alignment on August 31, 2023. Colleges are granted one year from the approval date to implement the alignment. Construction Technology implementation due by Fall 2025.

State Business and Industry Committee recommendation

The committee recommended to change the name of the Carpentry/Construction program to Construction Technology to better reflect the career opportunities in this field. The combined B&I and Faculty committee recommended keeping the four existing exit points, while adjusting courses and industry certifications to meet recent updates to NCCER curriculum. Technical Certificate A would require two Common Courses (Introductory Craft Skills and Construction Basics), two Support Courses (Safety/OSHA 10 or 30 and Concrete), and would include industry certifications NCCER Core and OSHA 10 or 30. Technical Certificate B would require two additional Common Courses (Carpentry I and Carpentry II) and lead to the industry certification of NCCER General Carpentry. Technical Certificate C would offer the option of two separate pathways to industry certifications, NCCER Advanced Carpentry: Frame and Finish or NCCER Form Carpentry. Common Courses and Support Courses will allow for a credit hour range to provide institutional flexibility for the configuration of lecture and lab work.

Alignment Map

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Common Courses: (11-16 credit hours) 
Common Courses shall have the same title, credit hour allocation, and competencies. These courses serve as potential articulation and transfer of coursework between secondary and postsecondary partners. Institutions may add additional competencies based on local demand. The sequencing of Common Courses is determined by the institution. 

Introductory Craft Skills 2-3 credit hours (pdf)
Construction Basics 2-3 credit hours (pdf)
Carpentry I 3-4 credit hours (pdf)
Carpentry II 4-6 credit hours (pdf)

Support Courses: (4-6 credit hours) 
Institutions may utilize existing like course titles for Support Courses that adhere to the agreed upon course lengths. These courses may serve as potential articulation and transfer of coursework between secondary and postsecondary partners. The sequencing of Support Courses is determined by the institution. 

Safety/OSHA 10 or 30

1-3 credit hours


min. 3 credit hours

To learn where this program is available in Kansas, visit the Kansas Career Technical Education Program Search.