Carpentry Apprentice

Carpentry Apprentice

Apprenticeship Training

Construct, install, or repair structures, fixtures, and building frameworks using carpentry hand and power tools. You'll learn to 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. Become skilled in interior and exterior finish work and read blueprints, measure accurately, and calculate dimensions.

Apprentices who complete this apprenticeship have the opportunity to transfer course credits towards the Technical Studies – Journey Worker degree.

Carpentry apprentice students nailing wood paneling

Program Outline

At A Glance

How You'll Learn

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On Campus

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On Location Training

Approximate Cost


*Based on 10-level courses—materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • 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.

Your Potential Careers

  • Construction Worker
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Floor Coverer
  • Interior Systems
  • Millwright
  • Pile Driver

Median Annual Salary

$34,258 $38,522 $34,570
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Become An Apprentice

Learn what steps to take to become an apprentice.


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


  • 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

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