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carpenter apprenticeship career

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Work Description

  • Carpenters build all types of structures from residential housing to office buildings and factories to sports stadiums. Carpentry as a career may be just what you are looking for!


Working Conditions

  • Carpenters have fertile working conditions and depending on your interests, you can choose your work environment. Interior finish carpenters spend most of their time indoors while carpenters building bridges or large complexes will be mainly working outdoors.



17 years old

  • Graduated from high school and able to provide official transcript or GED/HSED equivalent

  • ACT Math score of 15 (within last 5 years) OR Next Gen Accuplacer score of 237 (within last 5 years) OR pass the local math assessment

  • Possess valid driver’s license or consistent means of transportation


Application process

1. Contact the nearest Training center to provide ACT or Next Gen Score OR make an appointment for testing.

2. Once you provide the documentation to the Training Center and meet the requirements, your Joint Apprenticeship Committee will provide you with instructions on how to proceed.

3. Locate an employer to hire you as an Apprentice. We can help with this!

4. Meet the Joint Apprenticeship Committee and sign your Apprenticeship Contract with the State of Wisconsin, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards.

5. Begin work and school as soon as scheduled for you.


terms of apprenticeship

Four-year program

160 hours of classroom instruction each year. Includes hands-on learning at North Central States Regional Training Centers located throughout WI. Lodging expenses may be paid for as part of the apprenticeship program.

A total of 6,240 hours of classroom learning and work experience.

Apprentices are paid during their entire four-year program and incremental wage increases coincide with program completion.


carpenter apprenticeship program classes

  • Millwright 16 Hr Safety (OSHA 10)
  • Industrial & Rough Terrain
  • Aerial Lift

UBC Scaffold Erector & FA/CPR/AED

  • Tube & Clamp
  • Welded Frame & Mobile Tower
  • Systems
  • First Aid/CPR/AED

Basic Welding

  • Principles
  • Processes

UBC Rigging & Signaling

  • Rigging Hardware
  • Rigging Operations
  • Voice Signals
  • Hand Signals

Site Development

  • Transit & Level
  • Building Layout
  • Elevations
  • Total Station Fundamentals

Concrete Forms

  • Handset & Gang Forms
  • Hardware & Reinforcement
  • Concrete Science

Shoring & Floor Construction

  • Elevated Slab & Beams
  • Precast & Tilt-up
  • Slab-on-Grade & Slope
  • Wood Floors 


Wall Construction

  • Wood Framing
  • Drywall & Insulation
  • Drywall Taping
  • Blueprint Reading

Metal Framing

  • Walls - Shaft
  • Soffits
  • Joist
  • Firestop

Interior Finish

  • Trim & Paneling
  • Cabinets & Backing
  • Laminate & Solid Surface
  • Acoustical Ceilings

Exterior Finish & Door Hardware

  • Doors & Hardware
  • Windows
  • Siding
  • Shop Drawings

Roof Framing

  • Gable & Hip
  • Intersecting
  • Cornice
  • Trusses


  • Design/Layout/Build
  • Concrete
  • Codes


  • Final Test
  • Refresh Certifications
  • Transition to Trainer