Building Crafts

About the Program

As part of the architectural technology program, the basic and advanced building crafts certificates can be completed in two semesters. Each certificate features an intensive hands-on construction practicum where skills are introduced and developed through guided work on an active construction site.

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Spring Enrollment Now Available

Classes start January 22nd, 2019. Meet with Carina Gaz to learn more about prerequisites, financial aid and job opportunities following certification completion.

Related Areas of Study

CCD currently offers two additional Associate of Applied Science degrees and four additional certificates in this area.

As a student pursuing any of the three A.A.S. degrees, you can typically add an additional full semester to complete any of the other two certificate concentrations. In addition, several of the certificates seamlessly transfer to the respective A.A.S. degrees. Click on the links below to learn more about our related programs.

Academic Support

The architectural technology studio in the Boulder Creek Building is open outside of class hours for students to do independent classwork. Times vary each semester; please check with the program chair.

Academic support is also provided through the Excel Knowledge Zone. The Excel Knowledge Zone at CCD helps all students succeed by offering a variety of learning opportunities. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Zone is located in Cherry Creek Building, rooms 205 & 210.


For Colorado residents, the tuition for the basic or advanced certificate program is $2,382.40* for the 2018-19 academic year. This tuition includes the cost of the AEC 280 Internship ($446.70*). For more details about program costs, visit our gainful employment information.

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Financial Aid Eligibility

**This program is not yet eligible for federal student aid.**

However, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships, so don't miss out on applying at

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

The building crafts certificate program is designed to prepare you for a career in construction. You’ll graduate as a skilled, well-rounded craftsperson capable of working as part of a team on residential, industrial or commercial projects.

Building Crafts Internship Course – AEC 280

This non-paid internship course is a field practicum where you will learn and develop the hands-on and intellectual skills involved in the day-to-day tasks of construction. We’ve partnered with Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver to give our students the real-life skills and experience they need to pursue a career in the construction industry.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major

Increased construction activity is projected to drive growth for a diverse range of construction-related jobs. In addition to providing skills to satisfy the current short-term demand for skilled entry-level construction workers, the building crafts program seeks to prepare students for a future where the demands of construction will require complex problem-solving abilities.

There are numerous job possibilities with a building crafts certificate. Construction offers opportunities for hands-on work and the chance to explore diverse career pathways through a combination of basic skills training and subsequent work experience. In Colorado alone, there is a need for over 60,000 new employees in the construction industry in the next 10 years. 

Learn more about this career path by visiting the CCD Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

In the first quarter of 2018, labor market information lists an average annual wage for individuals in the construction in Denver as $66,612 ($32.03 hourly). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for architecture/engineering drafters as $54,170 per year ($26.04 per hour) in May 2017. Graduates can expect to earn $35,000-$45,000 per year for an entry-level position with an A.A.S degree.


Both building crafts certificates transfer the majority of their courses into several of the A.A.S. in Architectural Technology pathways, affording you a wide variety of options over the course of your study at CCD.