Tuition & Schedule

The following information is specific to our career training program. If you are interested in the evening/weekend workshops for adults and kids, please click here.

General Information

Session Dates & Hours

Class runs from 8 am - 4:30, Monday through Friday.
Start Date: Monday, January 4, 2016
End Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Total Course Hours: 880
Total Weeks: 23

Admission Requirements
  • A high school or GED diploma (a copy of which must be provided)
  • A completed application form
  • A phone or in-person interview with school staff
  • Demonstrated proof of health insurance on the first day of class
  • A $1,000 tuition deposit upon acceptance. Without a deposit, your space cannot be reserved.

2016 tuition is $10,500 plus a materials/book fee of $650, for a total of $11,150. A deposit of $1,000 is required upon acceptance, with the balance due on the first day of class. While NESAW students do not qualify for federal financial aid, we are an approved training facility for the VA and a variety of government retraining programs; call your local Career Center or us for more information.


Tuition deposits are refundable according to Mass General Laws, sec. 13K enrollment agreement. Your deposit, minus a $50 administration fee, may be refunded any time prior to the first day of school. This school is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education, office proprietary schools. Any comments, questions, or concerns should be directed to 781-338-6048 or The New England School of Architectural Woodworking reserves the right to cancel the program if enrollment is not adequate. In this case, all deposits would be returned in full. You can read the complete refund policy here.


Students in the program participate at their own risk and agree to waive and release any and all claims of personal injury or property damage against the New England School of Architectural Woodworking, its agents and faculty. Safety is of paramount importance; precautions are observed and students are paired during the initial stages of the program to monitor safety practices.

Certificate of Completion, Job Recommendations and Placement

Students are awarded with a Certificate of Completion and given job recommendations based on their woodworking skill level, school attendance records, and work habits. We assist with resume and portfolio preparation, and make every effort to place our graduates in jobs that match their abilities, skills, areas of expertise and preferred location.


Students are encouraged to bring their own basic tools to class each day. Depending on the tools purchased, students can expect to pay from $400 to $600. NESAW offers a discounted tool package that contains many of the recommended tools. Students are provided with basic safety glasses and hearing protection, but may bring their own. You can read the list of recommended tools here.

Admissions Process

The steps of our application process are listed below. Although we've tried to make this process as streamlined and straightforward as possible, we know that every applicant and every situation is different. If you need to follow a different process due to the requirements of scholarships, state funding, veteran's affairs, or retraining programs, please email or call us at 413-527-6103 as soon as possible.

1. Read the description of the program and the frequently asked questions to see if architectural woodworking and this program are a good fit for you and your goals. Call us if you have questions about the program or our tuition financing programs.

2. Download, complete, and mail the application form, taking care to thoroughly complete all the sections. If you are a recent high school graduate and don't have a lot of work experience, you may list school activities and references. Please note that a completed application form is not a commitment to attend the school. It's just the first step to getting to know you before the official interview.

3. Arrange a visit to the school for an interview. You can find directions here. Although a school visit is not an admissions requirement, it is highly recommended. We will be interviewing you, but we also expect you to interview us. We want this to be a good fit for everyone, so we encourage you to visit during school hours so that you can see our current students in action and ask them questions as well. We find that a visit is particularly helpful if you live out of state as it gives you a chance to see the Pioneer Valley before making a commitment to move here. If you are unable to arrange a visit, we can certainly conduct the interview by phone.

4. You can expect to hear back from us within a few weeks as to whether or not you have been accepted into the program.

5. You will then need to complete the enrollment agreement that arrives in your acceptance packet and return it with your $1,000 deposit within 30 days. Please note that even if you have been accepted, we do not consider you officially enrolled until your signed agreement and deposit have been received.

6. Once all the paperwork is complete and before school actually starts, you'll hear from us periodically about tool requirements, tool discounts, and our Back to School reception.