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Carpentry Apprentice




Carpenters construct, erect, install or repair structures and fixtures made of wood; concrete forms; building frameworks including partitions, joists, studding and rafters; wood stairways, window and door frames; and hardwood floors using carpentry hand and power tools. They build wood framing for houses, roofs, stairs, decks and sheaths, and forms for concrete and frame buildings, walls, footings, columns and stairs. The trade also involves carpentry work to install cabinets, siding, drywall rails, building cabinets and counter tops and may include work on drywall, wood flooring, metal jambs and ceilings. They are skilled in interior and exterior finish work and are able to read blueprints, measure accurately and calculate dimensions.

There are several different types of carpenters that specialize in one or more of these many tasks, including the following types: Cabinet Maker, Construction, Floor Coverer, Interior Systems, Millwright, and Pile Driver.  Apprentices who complete this apprenticeship have the opportunity to transfer course credits towards the AAS Technical Studies – Journeyworker degree.
Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction.

  • Apprenticeships are a partnership between the employer who offers on-the-job training, the apprentice who agrees to work for the employer, the technical college or training group, and the State of Wisconsin, Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Standards.
  • The apprentice works with a journey worker (skilled craftsman) for four years.
  • Each apprentice is required to take designated related instruction throughout their apprenticeship. Instruction is usually provided through the technical college. Typically, apprentices attend day school for eight hours every other week (72-hours per semester) and receive a normal hourly salary while attending class during the day.
  • The Carpentry apprenticeship requires additional courses, usually offered on evenings or weekends.


  • 4 year training program
  • 5,840 hours on-the-job training
  • 540 hours paid related instruction
  • 90 hours unpaid related instruction
  • Apprentice must, during their first two years, complete Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training courses.
  • Apprentice must in his/her final year complete the Transition-To-Trainer course

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the use of hand tools, power tools, and construction equipment safely and efficiently.
  • Identify industry building materials, fasteners, and adhesives.
  • Interpret technical information from blueprints.
  • Identify industry building practices, material application, and building codes.
  • Explain the fundamentals of building sciences including basic: physics of structures, properties and performance of building materials, construction processes, and building systems.


  1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  2. High school diploma or equivalent
  3. Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  4. Physically able to perform trade
  5. Valid driver's license or reliable transportation
  6. To enroll in this program, you must be employed and registered with the Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards.

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