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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.



      High School Diploma or HSED

      18 years old

      Possess a valid driver's license or the consistent means of transportation to work.

      Recommended high school courses are math, algebra and geometry, also exposure to building concepts and drawings, power tools, woodworking and computer courses.


      Application process

      1. Contact your nearest testing site to make an appointment for testing.

      2. Once you get a minimum test score of 70% you will receive a "letter of introduction" and instruction from the Joint Apprenticeship Committee in your area.

      3. Locate an employer and get hired as an apprentice (we offer assistance).

      4. Appear before the Joint Apprenticeship committee to sign an Apprentice Contract with the State of Wisconsin.

      5. Begin work and school as soon as scheduled.


      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