General Carpenter

TQAA, Voluntary Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • General carpenters construct, erect, install, maintain and repair structures and components of structures made of wood, wood-substitutes and other materials
  • Finish carpenters do detailed work requiring high level of skills
  • Rough carpenters do framing and forming which require less skills
  • Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and sketches to determine specifications and calculate requirements
  • Prepare layouts in conformance to building codes, using measuring tools
  • Measure, cut, shape, assemble and join materials
  • Build foundations, install floor beams, lay sub flooring and erect walls and roof systems
  • Fit and install trim items such as doors, stairs, moulding and hardware

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights
  • You may work outside at various times of the year and experience a considerable range of environmental conditions
  • You use your math skills in this trade
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You need to be in good physical condition to carry materials
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Journeypersons work for small, medium and large companies in the residential, industrial, commercial and institutional sectors or indirectly for those companies through contractors
  • Many carpenters own their own business
  • A major part of carpentry work in the residential field is in renovations
  • Carpentry work is unionized and non-unionized

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10 however, many employers require Grade 12
  • Completion of a 3,844 to 7,200 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 7,200 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the¬†Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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