General Carpenter (Apprenticeship)
- Ontario College Certificate
- Program Code:
- Trades & Apprenticeship
- Academic Year:
- 2019 / 2020
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the ProgramThis 720-hour program, which consists of a 240-hour level 1, a 240-hour level 2, and a 240-hour level 3, is designed to provide the apprentice with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of general carpentry as well as practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training experience.
Program InformationLength: 720-hour Ontario College Certificate program delivered in three components
- Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and must be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).
- 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 or email Kitchener.Apprenticeship@ontario.ca.
- Conestoga College delivers the in-school component of this apprenticeship program as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). In addition, the 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.
What is Apprenticeship?For information on the apprenticeship system in Ontario, including how to register as an apprentice, visit the apprenticeship section of our website.
Tuition & FeesFees are set by MTCU as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional.
Refer to the apprentice orientation page for further details on these additional fees (First Day Checklist).
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Graduate OpportunitiesGeneral carpenters are employed in all aspects of the building industry, in new construction, renovation and maintenance of structures and buildings. Employers range from small private contractors to large corporations with job opportunities varying from fine interior finish work to heavy concrete formwork.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Exemption TestingApprentices 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: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/testing-services/exemption.jsp
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|CARP1830||Safety, Materials and Tools Theory
Description: Students will develop knowledge of materials, tools and all safety-related methods used to carry out procedures in basic carpentry.
|CARP1840||Safety, Materials and Tools Practice
Description: Students will demonstrate knowledge of materials, tools and all safety-related methods used to carry out procedures in basic carpentry.
|DRWG1250||Plans, Specifications And Codes
Description: In this course, the apprentice obtains an understanding of the Ontario Building Code and the basics of blueprint reading and drafting.
|MATH1260||Estimating, Calculations And Layout
Description: This module will provide the apprentice with an understanding of basic mathematics involving trade related problems in both metric and imperial formats. The apprentice will learn to apply basic principles of geometry to construction layout problems.
|WELD1255||Metal Cutting And Welding
Description: This course will introduce the student to the Oxyacetylene Cutting (OFC-A) and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process. The classroom component will reinforce the theoretical principles and safety aspects. The shop component will allow the student to learn and apply proper safety procedures and develop basic skills necessary for oxyacetylene cutting and SMAW welding on non-structural components.
|CARP2210||Residential Construction Theory
Description: Students will develop knowledge and skill in the layout and construction of residential foundations, floors, walls, roof types, interior and exterior finish and other common methods used to carry out procedures in residential carpentry.
|CARP2220||Residential Construction Practice
Description: Students will demonstrate knowledge and skill in the layout of foundations, layout and construction of floors, walls, roof types, interior/exterior finishes and other common methods used to carry out procedures in residential carpentry.
|MATH2430||Residential Print Reading and Math
Description: In this course, students will demonstrate a knowledge of reading, interpreting, and estimating material quantities and costs based on specific residential plans and specifications.
|CARP3020||Commercial Construction Theory
Description: Students will develop knowledge and skill in commercial site and building layout, building and installation of concrete forms, layout and construction of stairs, layout and installation of commercial interior finishes, and timber construction theory.
|CARP3030||Commercial Construction Practice
Description: Students will demonstrate knowledge and skill in commercial site and building layout, building and installation of concrete forms, layout and construction of stairs, layout and installation of commercial interior finishes, and common practices used for timber framing.
|MATH3170||Commercial Print Reading and Math
Description: Using commercial plans and specifications, students will demonstrate knowledge of reading, interpreting and estimating quantities/costs.
Program ObjectivesPHASE I
- 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.
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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.