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Become An Apprentice Carpenter

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Working As An Apprentice Carpenter

  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $42,090

    Average Salary

What Does An Apprentice Carpenter Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

* Helping install foundations, walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs using materials such as: wood, steel, metal, concrete, plastics, and composites of multiple materials
* Assisting with fitting and installing window frames, doors, door frames, door hardware, interior and exterior trim using a carpenters level, plumb bob, and laser levels
* Erecting scaffolding, ladders for assembling structures above ground levels.
* Positioning and holding timbers, lumber, or paneling in place for fastening or cutting
* Selecting tools, equipment, and/or materials from storage and transport items to work site
* Cleaning work areas, machines, or equipment, to maintain a clean and safe job site
* Holding plumb bobs, sighting rods, or other equipment to aid in establishing reference points and lines
* Cutting timbers, lumber and/or paneling to specified dimensions, and drilling holes in timbers or lumber
* Smoothing or sanding surfaces to remove ridges, tool marks, glue, or caulking

What Does An Apprentice Carpenter Do At Rooms To Go

* New construction and remodel work within RTG DCs
* Assisting other departments with maintenance and repairs as

What Does An Apprentice Carpenter Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

minimum 1 year field experience

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How To Become An Apprentice Carpenter

Although most carpenters learn their trade through an apprenticeship, some learn on the job, starting as a helper.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required. High school courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, and general vocational technical training are considered useful.


Most carpenters learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship program. For each year of a typical program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. In the technical training, apprentices learn carpentry basics, blueprint reading, mathematics, building code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices. They also may receive specialized training in creating and setting concrete forms, rigging, welding, scaffold building, working within confined workspaces, and fall protection. All carpenters must pass the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10- and 30-hour safety courses.

After finishing an apprenticeship, carpenters are considered to be journey workers and may perform tasks on their own.

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications for a person to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work
  • U.S. citizen or proof of legal residency
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Some contractors have their own carpenter training program, which may be an accredited apprenticeship program.

Although many workers enter apprenticeships directly, some carpenters start out as helpers.

Some workers can earn certificates before entering an apprenticeship. The National Association of Home Builders offers Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) through the Home Builders Institute. PACT is available for several different groups, from youths to veterans, and covers information for eight construction trades, including painting.

Workers typically learn the proper use of hand and power tools on the job. They often start by working with more experienced carpenters and are given more complex tasks as they prove that they can handle simpler tasks, such as measuring and cutting wooden and metal studs.

A number of 2-year technical schools offer carpentry degrees that are affiliated with unions or contractor organizations. Credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count toward an associate’s degree.


Because they are involved in all phases of construction, carpenters usually have more opportunities than other construction workers to become first-line supervisors, independent contractors, or general construction supervisors.

Carpenters seeking advancement often take additional training provided by associations, unions, or employers. Communication in both English and Spanish also is helpful for relaying instructions to workers.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Self-employed carpenters must be able to bid on new jobs, track inventory, and plan work assignments. 

Detail oriented. Carpenters perform many tasks that are important in the overall building process. Making precise measurements, for example, may reduce gaps between windows and frames, limiting any leaks around the window.

Dexterity. Carpenters use many tools and need hand-eye coordination to avoid injury or damaging materials. Striking the head of a nail, for example, is crucial to not damaging wood or injuring oneself.

Math skills. Carpenters use basic math skills every day to calculate volume and measure materials to be cut.

Physical stamina. Carpenters need physical endurance. They frequently stand, climb, or bend for long periods.

Physical strength. Carpenters use tools and materials that are heavy. For example, plywood sheets can weigh 50 to 100 pounds.

Problem-solving skills. Because construction jobs vary, carpenters must adjust project plans accordingly. For example, if a prefabricated window arrives at the worksite slightly oversized, carpenters must shave framework to make the window fit.

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Apprentice Carpenter Career Paths

Apprentice Carpenter
Journeyman Carpenter Foreman
Assistant Superintendent
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Delivery Driver Handyman
Building Superintendent
7 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Foreman Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Carpenter General Contractor
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Foreman Construction Superintendent
Construction Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Foreman Project Manager Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Operations Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Engineer Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Carpenter Maintenance Technician Driver
Field Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Carpenter/Labour Delivery Driver Electrician
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Foreman General Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Plumber General Contractor Construction Superintendent
Home Builder
5 Yearsyrs
Installer Lead Installer Lead Carpenter
Job Superintendent
6 Yearsyrs
Carpenter/Labour Forklift Operator Carpenter
Lead Carpenter
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor Painter
Lead Painter
5 Yearsyrs
Foreman Project Superintendent
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Carpenter Carpenter Foreman Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Field Engineer Project Superintendent
Project Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Electrician Foreman
9 Yearsyrs
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Apprentice Carpenter Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Vietnamese

  • Italian

  • Dakota

  • Polish

  • Marshallese

  • Swedish

  • Romanian

  • Hindi

  • Mandarin

  • Bosnian

  • Bengali

  • Thai

  • Croatian

  • Finnish

  • Greek

  • Carrier

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Top Skills for An Apprentice Carpenter


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Top Apprentice Carpenter Skills

  1. Drywall Installation
  2. Window Installation
  3. Safety Rules
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Steel stud Framing, Drywall Installation, Fire taping, Demolition, Material Handling, Clean Up
  • Worked on condo improvements including molding, tile, electrical and ran supervision on drywall painting and window installation.
  • Followed established safety rules and regulations and maintained a safe and clean environment.
  • Trim installation, Cabinet installation, Demolition, Addition Framing, Finish Capentry.
  • Clean work areas, machines, or equipment, to maintain a clean and safe job site.

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