Certificate of Qualification 403A
❝ My work makes me feel accomplished and my tools help me build something that will stay for years to come!❞
General Carpenters construct, renovate and repair structures made of wood, steel, concrete and other materials in the residential, commercial and industrial construction sectors. They can work with construction companies or they can be self-employed.
Key Skills & Attributes
Strong math and communication skills
Strong planning and problem-solving skills
Good hand-eye coordination, creativity and attention to detail
Ability to work at heights and in cramped spaces
Minimum grade 10 education in Canada (or proven Canadian equivalency)
Strong math and communication skills are essential
A formal apprenticeship in general carpentry allows you to earn while you learn. The carpentry program includes a total of 7,200 hours of work experience (90% of total hours) and in-school training (10% of total hours). Most apprentices will complete the program over 4-5 years. General carpenter apprentices are trained in five main areas: exterior finishing, framing, formwork & foundations, finishing (walls & ceilings) and interior finishing.
Establish building procedures and prepare work sites
Layout, construct and install formwork and concrete foundations
Frame floors, walls, ceilings and roofs
Finish interiors and exteriors
Construct heavy framing
Build stairs, posts and handrails
Layout, construct and install door and window systems
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Did you know?
There has never been a better time to become a carpentry apprentice. With up to 500 carpenters expected to retire every year for the next 10 years, the carpenter’s union is actively recruiting and training new apprentices.
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America