Pre-Apprenticeship Cabinetmaker/General Carpenter

About the Program

The pre-apprenticeship Cabinetmaker and General Carpenter program consists of 23 weeks of in-school training and 8 weeks of on-the-job training. It will equip students with the skills required to secure a position as an apprentice. The curriculum provides students with insight into the cabinetmaker trade and increases the student's general level of knowledge about the industry. Introductory carpentry skills, academic upgrading, and employment strategies are also included in the program.

Program Information

Length: One-year Certificate program
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: May
First-Year Capacity: 20

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Outcomes

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.

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.

On-the-Job Experience

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.

In-School Training

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

This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates may choose to pursue an apprenticeship in the Cabinetmaker or General Carpenter trade.

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 Transfer

Conestoga 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.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

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 Trade Equivalency Assessments contact the Ontario Colleges of Trades at 1-855-299-0028 or email at info@collegeoftrades.ca. 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.

Exemption Testing

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: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/testing-services/exemption.jsp

Program Courses

Course Details (1482)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ATST1010 Academic Upgrading

Description: This course will prepare students for entry into trades and apprenticeship. Students will learn and apply problem-solving strategies, reasoning skills, and mathematical concepts and procedures to solve problems to improve mathematical and communication skills. Relevant topics will be selected for each student from within the major categories of pre-algebra, algebra, measurement, data analysis and geometry/trigonometry. This course will also enable students to strengthen their communication skills in workplace reading and writing.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
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CARP1850 Introduction to Residential Carpentry - Wood Frame Construction and Interior Finishes

Description: In this course, students will study materials and practices commonly used to complete the framing and interior finishes of a residential building. Students will learn proper procedures and methods for traditional wood platform framing as well as the application of finishes such as drywall, baseboard, and casing.
Students will apply the theory studied in a shop environment through hands on practice by completing projects specific to framing and interior finishes. Students will be instructed on the safe use of both hand and power tools encountered on a construction site specifically related to the carpentry field. Students will also practice proper installation methods in order to meet industry standards.
Hours: 44
Credits: 2
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COMP1127 Computer Applications

Description: Students will receive training on computer operating systems (Windows), as well as training on basic word processing and spreadsheets.
Hours: 26
Credits: 2
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ETR1120 Employment Strategies and Workplace Exposure

Description: Students will prepare to enter the job market and will be given the opportunity explore a variety of workplaces in this course. Life-long career planning strategies will be the focus including networking, interview and researching skills; developing a personalized resume and cover letter; and understanding current labour market information. They will also develop and enhance skills in teamwork, decision making and goal setting. A variety of workplace tours will be included to increase their knowledge of the trade and industry.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
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OHS1400 Safety and WHMIS

Description: Review safe working practices, housekeeping, and hazard awareness, the use of personal protective equipment, safety legislation and regulations, WHMIS, lock-out/tag-out.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
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WOOD1300 Woodworking Theory Principles I

Description: The student will be given an overview of cabinetmaking and woodworking, including different materials that are commonly used, basic hand tools and power tools and basic methods of joinery.
Hours: 26
Credits: 2
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WOOD1310 Woodworking Shop Principles I

Description: The student will learn about safe shop procedures, including machine training and housekeeping. Other material covered will include lumber breakout and finish machining, joinery, sanding and assembly. Complete all assigned work in compliance with occupational, health, safety, and environmental law; established policies and procedures; codes and regulations and in accordance with ethical principles.
Hours: 78
Credits: 4
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WOOD1320 Finishing Principles I

Description: The student will have an overview of basic finishes that are applied to woodworking projects, including methods of application and current technologies. Complete all assigned work in compliance with occupational, health, safety, and environmental law; established policies and procedures; codes and regulations and in accordance with ethical principles.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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Level 2
CBNT1025 Materials Level 1

Description: Upon successful completion of this course the apprentice is able to describe the types, characteristics, processing and applications of lumber and wood materials used in the trade in accordance with the National Hardwood Lumber Association standards and Canadian Softwood Guidelines.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
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CBNT1030 Hand Tools and Portable Power Tools Level 1

Description: Upon successful completion of this course , the apprentice is able to use and maintain hand tools and portable power tools in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturers' recommendations and industry standards.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CBNT1040 Stationary Machines and Production Sequences Level 1

Description: Upon successfully completion of this course, the apprentice is able to set-up, operate and perform production sequences on stationary machines in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturers' recommendations and industry standards.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CBNT1070 Cabinet Construction Level 1

Description: Upon successful completion of this reportable subject, the apprentice is able to perform basic cabinet design and construction procedures in accordance with government safety regulations and acceptable industry standards.
Hours: 51
Credits: 3
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DRWG1243 Trade Drawings and Layout Level 1

Description: Upon successful completion of this reportable subject, the apprentice is able to produce drawings and layouts in accordance with the requirements of trade related projects and industry standards.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
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MATH1475 Applied Trade Calculations Level 1

Description: Upon successful completion of this course, the apprentice is able to solve trade related calculations in accordance with requirements of the specified trade related task.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
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Level 3
FPLT1170 Field Placement (Pre-Apprenticeship Cabinetmaker/General Carpenter)

Description: Students will participate in on-the-job training using the apprenticeship training standards for the Cabinetmaker and/or the General Carpenter trade. The student will apply the skills taught in the in-school portion of the program and will demonstrate effective work habits, time management and organizational skills. All placements will be paid.
Hours: 280
Credits: 10
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Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Program Handbook

Handbook

Apprenticeship Registration

Before registering as an apprenticeship you must:
  • Find an employer
  • Request registration from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
  • Confirm your seat with Conestoga once you have received your offer of classroom training from the Ministry
  • Pay the appropriate classroom fee

    Registration for the in-school training portion is on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades. Visit Employment Ontario's Start an apprenticeship website for more details. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga at 519-748-5220 ext. 3382.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

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.

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