About This Course

Classes begin January 31, 2023.  Classes meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for 15-weeks, 150 hours. 

  • Join us for an open admissions night on December 14th, 4pm — 7pm at 934 Dexter St., Central Falls RI.  For program details call or text:
    Betty Bernall at (401) 500–9146 or download our flyer.

Training is held at RCWP’s Vocational Training Center, 555 Moshassuck Valley Industrial Highway, Central Falls, RI 02860 (for GPS use this address: 2 Crow Point, Rd, Lincoln, RI 02865 we are across the street from Fortune Metals).

The BCTELL (formerly VESL) pogram is a 15-week basic carpentry career training program for participants who demonstrate intermediate English Knowledge and is designed to prepare job seekers looking for a career in residential construction or upskill current construction workers.  With an emphasis on contextualized English as a Second Language Training, participants learn Construction Terminology, Construction Math, Hands-On Basic Carpentry Training, Jobsite Safety and upon successful completion participants earn their OSHA 10 Construction Card. A CASA test is required and will be scheduled at no-cost to applicants  prior to enrollment in the program.

Program Details:
150 Hours over 15-weeks in fully equipped training facilities.
Home Builders Institute (HBI) Curriculum

Training includes:
• Contextualized English Training
• Construction Terminology and
Math for Construction
• Employability Skills
• Hands-on training Basic Carpentry
for Construction
• Manufacturer Demonstrations
• Safety — OSHA 10 Construction Credential

Learn more about the HBI Curriculum and Wage Data

LEARN MORE: Contact Betty Bernal, Diversity and Outreach Coordinator via email at bbernal@ribuilders.org or by phone 401.500.9146 (cell) or 401.205.1877 (the training facility).


Employers: Upskill your current employees or sponsor a candidate you’d like to hire with a commitment of a wage increase or a job during or upon training completion.

Job Seekers, Career Changers and those interested in a Career in Construction: Demonstrate a commitment to start a career in construction and actively seek employment at RCWPJobs.com and our placement resources.

  • A one-on-one interview is required.
  • A CASA test is required and will be scheduled at no-cost to applicants  prior to enrollment in the program.