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Build a Strong Foundation

This comprehensive program will give you the skills you need to build a dream project, advance your career, or restore the wooden chair your grandmother gave you.

The Woodworking Basics Certificate will boost your confidence in BARN’s – or any other – woodshop. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an experienced mentor.

Once your application is accepted, you can begin taking classes at any time.

About the Program

How It Works

The Woodworking Basics Certificate has three components:

  • Three Gateway classes that introduce you to the BARN Woodworking Studio and the most commonly used stationary power tools.
  • Eleven Woodworking Basics classes designed to build your proficiency with hand and power tools and give you an understanding of topics including joinery, assembly, and preparation for finishing.
  • A final project that you will create with guidance from a mentor.

You also have the option to participate in additional learning opportunities in the woodshop, such as helping with tool maintenance and repair, volunteering as an assistant in classes, and participating in community service projects requested by local nonprofits.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to use major hand and power tools appropriately, safely, and efficiently.
  • Discover the essential steps in creating a project, from concept to completion.
  • Acquire job-ready skills to advance your career in woodworking.


Get full details on the program and requirements in the Certificate Program Catalog.

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  • 14 classes.
  • Mentored final project.
  • Access to the Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio during classes and (once qualified) Open Studio times.
  • Annual individual BARN Membership.
  • Supplies and materials.
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  • This is a flexible program.
  • Classes are scheduled weekdays, weeknights, and weekends.
  • You can start the program any time and complete it in two quarters.
  • Students may start mid-quarter.
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  • The total cost is $2,130.
  • If you have already taken some of the required classes, your tuition will be reduced based on the class hours you have already completed.
  • Students must possess a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) diploma or provide 11th grade Smarter Balanced ELA & Math scores.
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Learn More and Apply

Ready to learn more? First, attend an Open House to get further details about the program and get your questions answered in person.

When you’re ready, fill our and submit our application form. We will contact you to discuss your next steps. Questions? Contact [email protected].

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