Tuition, Schedule & General Information

The following information is specific to our career training program. If you are interested in the hobbyist workshops, please click here.

Session Dates & Hours

Hours: Class runs from 8 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
Dates:  January 18 – March 19, 2021
(note: graduation takes place on Saturday after each program ends)
Total Course Hours: 360
Total Weeks: 9

Admission Requirements
  • A high school diploma or GED (a copy of which must be provided)
  • A completed application form
  • A phone or in-person interview with school staff
  • Proof of health insurance on the first day of class
  • A $500 tuition deposit within 30 days of acceptance (required to reserve your space)
Tuition & Fees

Tuition is $4,600 plus a materials/book fee of $650, for a total of $5,250. The materials fee covers drafting supplies and all materials for practice projects.

You must also purchase the textbook Understanding Wood in advance; you will be given a reading assignment prior to the first day of class.

Students can also expect to pay $400 – $600 for tools, depending on what you already own. We offer a discounted tool bundle through our local Woodcraft store; you will learn more about that upon acceptance, but you can look at our list of required tools (subject to change) in the meantime.

Night/weekend classes offered by our sister school, The Workbench, are offered to our career training students for the cost of materials + half the cost of tuition. You may sign up for these at any time (space permitting) and must pay for them separately.

A deposit of $500 is required within 30 days of acceptance. The rest of the tuition is paid as follows:
First day of class: $1800 + materials/book fee of $650 = $2,450
Mid-term: $2,300 (the exact date will be provided upon enrollment)

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. No other financial aid is available at this time.


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 Division of Professional Licensure’s Office of Private Occupational School Education. Any comments, questions, or concerns should be directed to [email protected] or 617-727-5811.

NESAW 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 angst the New England School of Architectural Woodworking, its agents and faculty. Safety is of paramount importance; precautions are observed and students may not work independently on tools until deemed safe by an instructor.

Certificate of Completion, Job Recommendations and Placement

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

Please note that the New England School of Architectural Woodworking does not find the jobs FOR our students; you must be willing to seek out and contact potential employers. We do pass along leads to qualified students and are happy to provide honest feedback on your performance.


Students should bring their own basic tools to class each day. Depending on what you already own, you may pay from $400 to $600 for the required tools. We also provide you with a list  (subject to change) of recommended and optional tools and offer a discounted bundle of tools through our local Woodcraft store.

You will be provided with basic safety glasses and hearing protection, but we recommend that you purchase your own.