General Carpentry (403A)
General Carpenters work mainly with wood, wood-substitutes, or other materials such as drywall, plaster, steel, copper or tiles. General Carpenters may construct, erect, install, maintain or repair various structures and be responsible for framing and forming or finishing cabinets, doors, stairs and other major wooden structures.
Job Related Skills
- Exterior finishing, framing, formwork and foundations
- Interior Finishing
- Scaffolding and Erecting Swing Stages
- Expert knowledge of wood products and how to select the best material for a job
- Laying out, measuring, cutting, assembling and joining various materials
- Using power and hand tools safely and efficiently on the job
- Estimating and calculating effective to complete a project
- Understanding job site safety procedures and effectively using them to work and stay safe
- Reading and understanding blueprints and drawings
To become a General Carpenter, a grade 10 education is currently the legal minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that the minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades. The Carpenters Local 1669 recommends grade 12 Math and grade 12 English coupled with a high school diploma or equivalent. Apprentices having these assets have demonstrated increased apprenticeship completions and Red Seal examination success. Completion of a 7,200-hour Apprenticeship includes a combination of on-the-job work experience and complete there mandatory eight (8) week blocks of in-school training, before successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate of Qualification.
How to obtain a Certificate of Qualification
Once apprentices have completed the required schooling and work experience, they may write the Carpentry Certificate of Qualification examination through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. To be successful and achieve the “Red Seal” certification and individual must score a minimum of 70%.
How To Apply
If you are interested in starting an exciting career as a General Carpenter through our apprenticeship program, please complete the Membership Application 2017.pdf and drop off your completed application package, with all supporting documents, in person to the Carpenters Local 1669 Training Centre located at 1306 Capital Way, Innova Park. *Please note that incomplete applications unfortunately will not be accepted – ensure you have includes all required documents.