General Carpenter (Apprenticeship)
- Ontario College Certificate
- Program Code:
- Trades & Apprenticeship
- Academic Year:
- 2014 / 2015
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the Program
This program provides theoretical knowledge of the carpenter trade and practical skills to complement apprentice on-the-job training.
See Apprenticeship - General Information.
Length: 720-hour Ontario College Certificate program delivered in three components
- Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (M.T.C.U) and may be required to be a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Trades.
- Information related to this apprenticeship program may be obtained from the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099.
- Conestoga College delivers the in-school component of this apprenticeship program as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). In addition, MTCU requires employers to deliver the greater proportion of apprenticeship training on the job.
- Students are required to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality and attendance as would be required by the business or industry in which they are employed or expect to be employed.
What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a combination of in-school training and on-the-job experience. An apprenticeship can last two to five years, depending on the program. About 90% of the apprentice's time is spent learning practical skills on the job, while supervised by a qualified journeyperson. The rest is spent learning theoretical and technical aspects of the trade. Over time, the apprenticeship system of training has proven to be one of the world's most successful ways to learn.
Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson
Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.
Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.
Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.
Tuition & Fees
Fees set by MTCU as per Offer of Classroom Training
*Books and parking fees are additional.
*Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
*You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP.
Carpenters are employed in all aspects of the building industry, in new construction, renovation and maintenance of structures and buildings. Employers include private contractors, institutions and industries, with job opportunities ranging from heavy concrete formwork to fine interior finish work.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pre-Certification of Qualification
If you have more than five years of experience working in a trade-specific area from outside of Canada or within Canada, you may want to pursue challenging your Certificate of Qualification. For more information on eligibility criteria or to arrange to speak to an Apprenticeship Training Consultant, contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. Many Ontario colleges offer pre-certification courses in a variety of trade areas that assist you in preparing to write or re-write your certification exam. These also serve as excellent refresher courses.
For more information on part-time pre-certification programs to assist you in preparing for the Certificate of Qualification examination, check out the Conestoga College Continuing Education offerings at www.conestogac.on.ca or contact 519-824-9390 ext 6148.
Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: www.conestogac.on.ca/caa/testing/exemption.jsp
- Select, use and maintain hand and power tools.
- Interpret woodworking nomenclature, production methods and techniques.
- Identify unsafe work areas and apply essential safety procedures.
- Interpret rigging hazards and apply safe rigging and access practices.
- Interpret the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
- Display a knowledge of the history of carpentry.
- Select and identify material used in residential and commercial construction.
- Identify various types of plans and specifications.
- Interpret the Ontario Building Code.
- Interpret basic blueprints and prepare free-hand sketches.
- Apply basic mathematics to solve trade-related problems.
- Apply basic principles of construction layout.
- Perform welding, cutting, and brazing operations with standard oxy-acetylene and electric arc welding equipment.
- Identify types of residential foundations and building code requirements.
- Identify, lay out and construct various types of residential framing.
- Identify interior and exterior residential finishes and apply selected finishes.
- Apply residential plans, specifications, and codes to the job situation.
- Identify and apply the basic principles of building science and energy efficiency in housing.
- Estimate material quantities from residential plans and specifications.
- Use builder's levels and transits to perform site layout operations.
- Identify and describe various types of commercial foundations and excavation shoring systems.
- Describe and construct footing, wall, column, pilaster, beam and stair forms.
- Identify and describe scaffolds, bracing and other safety devices related to concrete forming.
- Describe and install suspended ceiling systems, steel stud and drywall systems, and accessories.
- Describe and construct various types of residential stairs.
- Identify and describe raised access flooring.
- Identify and describe components and construction practices of heavy timber building.
- Apply commercial plans, specifications, and codes to the job situation.
- Estimate material quantities from commercial plans and specifications.
Registration occurs after an employer is found. At that time the employer or apprentice may call the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office to request registration and have a contract prepared. Once you are a registered apprentice and have received your Offer of Classroom Training Form, classroom training fees apply. Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP. You may also view the apprenticeship website at: www.apprenticesearch.com
For more information, call the Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220 ext 2400.