Join the thousands of Shelter Institute graduates building their dream houses!
Our students range in age from fourteen to eighty. Some of them are contractors, architects, and engineers while others have never picked up a hammer.
No matter what you bring to the course, Shelter Institute classes will empower you.
Our graduates have built thousands of homes all over the world, and students can receive credit toward college degrees, teacher certification, and real estate certification. Many of our courses qualify for tax credit and state or VA job training reimbursement programs.
Shelter Institute offers a wide variety of courses ranging in length and hands-on opportunity. In our classes we take apart the building process and teach each step individually. Students walk away from the course with the design tools necessary to build a house.
We offer dozens of other classes and free information workshops throughout the year, so visit our website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, join our mailing list, or subscribe to our blog to receive updates on our schedule.
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After taking their Design & Build course, I had the confidence to build this timber frame house, from a version of their stock plans. And you will too.
We drove thirteen hours through a blizzard to take the timber framing course and it was worth it. You can tell this family has been teaching people since the 70's. 70's?! These guys are great. I hope to be back to learn but just saying "HI" would be a win. They've probably mapped out every minute of the week for the students but it still feels relaxed. Best of all, I can say with confidence, I can build a house. A timber structure. And I will
Excellent course on house building. Teaches about every aspect of house including good design principles.
Shelter is a phenomenal resource of skill, intelligence, and good people. I took the two week design/build course and it was wonderful. I left with the confidence to assess my own home and any future home that I may build or purchase. Shelter is the real deal.
Instructors make sure their lectures are clear and understandable to the students. Great follow through.
Nothing can beat the hands-on experience that my daughter and I enjoyed for three weeks at the shelter institute. I have kept in touch ever since. I am disappointed that I cannot leave a comment on Pats chainsaw videos. The system does not seem to acknowledge our presence.
As a second generation carpenter/joiner Shelter Institute's online course is a must for all who are interested in Timber Framing and the enjoyment of life.
I have found the team to be responsive, caring and helpful. A pleasure to deal with.
So far our online courses are phenomenal!!! We love Pat, Gaius, and Blueberry! Gabe is pretty awesome too!!
We are well into the second week of class winding up a rousing day of Wiring taught by Pat Hennin , Blueberry Beeton wrapped up our Monday with Model-Framing. Tomorrow starts bright and early with a window installation and water-proofing workshop with Gaius Hennin