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Introduction to Hand Tools

Learn to recognize, handle, and safely use the construction tools that are essential to a new career in the trades.


  • Access to course material for 30 days.
  • Train with a Pro

  • Spanish Subtitles Available

  • Mobile Access

  • 9 In-depth Lessons

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Practical Resources

Lesson Plan

9 Video Lessons · 2H 39M

  • 1. Essential Hand Tools

    Welcome to the course! Professional builder Jordan Smith gives an overview of the hand tools covered in this training, and talks through his everyday carry from notebook to utility knife.

  • 2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    Jordan gives an overview of the key pieces of personal protective equipment you need on the job site, and some insider tips for using them. Learn about safety glasses, hard hats, and how to put in ear plugs the right way.

  • 3. Measuring Tools

    From tape measures to angle finders to laser levels and spirit levels, learn the tools you need to measure spaces and materials.

  • 4. Marking Tools

    The chalk line is an essential tool for guiding cuts and laying out foundations, floors, and more. Learn how to use a chalk line correctly.

  • 5. Hammering and Pulling

    Hammers, sledgehammers, and pry bars, oh my! Jordan compares different types of hammers and tools for driving fasteners, as well as tools for prying them back out again.

  • 6. Fastening With Wrenches and Screwdrivers

    Jordan provides an overview of the types of screwdrivers and wrenches you'll want to keep nearby on the job.

  • 7. How to Grip and Cut

    A look at the pliers, clamps, chisels, and cutters that will help you get through any non-specialized workday.

  • 8. Adhesives and Caulks

    Learn what to look for in a caulk gun, and how to use different cartridges of caulks and construction adhesives. Jordan also shows you the value of a good putty knife for finishing.

  • 9. Setting Up Your Tool Bag

    Jordan wraps up the course with his thoughts on choosing a tool belt and tool bag.

Who it's for: This course is for those beginning in the trades.

Key Topics

  • How to use a tape measure

  • How to mark with a chalk line

  • How to decide which hammer to use

  • Using screwdrivers and wrenches

  • Using pliers, clamps, chisels

  • Using a caulk gun

4.7 Out of
5 stars

Overall rating of 16 students

Become Job Ready

This course will increase your knowledge for jobs like:




Apprentice Carpenter


Contractor Laborer


Carpenter Assistant


Carpenter Helper



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Common Questions

  • What is MT Copeland?

    MT Copeland helps you further your career in the building industry with expert-led online education that will make you a better, smarter tradesperson.

    Our training courses give you a foundation in construction fundamentals and trade skills with real-world applications and best practices to help you grow on the job.

  • What do courses include?

    Online courses include professionally produced videos taught by leaders in the trades and supplementary learning material such as quizzes, assessments and downloadable materials to help you acquire new skills. Watch anywhere, always at your own pace. We keep lesson videos short so they’re easy to watch after work or on your lunch break. You can finish a course in one sitting, or space it out over a week or two.

  • Can you learn with MT Copeland outside of the u.s.?

    Yes! You can take MT Copeland courses from anywhere in the world. Our courses are online, so if you have access to the Internet, you can watch our training videos. Courses are taught in English, with English captions and Spanish subtitles available.

  • Where did the name MT Copeland come from?

    MT Copeland was named after a legendary educator who promoted the idea that training in a specific trade paired with a knowledge of general business principles opens up a whole new world of career possibilities. We believe in the same powerful combination of skills and knowledge.

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