General Carpenter
Program Code: CARB-CARI-CARA (Full-Time) Length of Program: 8 Weeks (CARB) - 8 Weeks (CARI) - 8 Weeks (CARA) Awarded Upon Completion: Certificate of Apprenticeship
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A general carpenter constructs, renovates, and repairs structures made of wood, steel, concrete and other materials in the residential, commercial and industrial construction sectors and in related industries.

Specifically, a general carpenter:

Students who have graduated from the Renovation Construction Technician program will be exempt from taking the basic level of this apprenticeship program, while also increasing the chance of obtaining a sponsor for a Carpenter Apprenticeship.

This program is designed to provide technical knowledge and hands-on experiences to maximize performance in the construction industry. This program follows the current curriculum set out by the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) and in accordance with the Ministry of Technology, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent

This is an apprenticeship program.
You cannot apply to this program through

Applicants need a sponsor or employer and must register through the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD).

How to Start an Apprenticeship

Find out if you qualify

To qualify for an apprenticeship, you must:

Find an employer or sponsor

A sponsor is someone who provides you with apprenticeship training and can be a single employer, individual (e.g. contractor), or a group of employers (e.g. unions, non-union consortium)

Guidance Counsellor
If you're in high school, ask your guidance counsellor for advice and referral for the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship program and other programs (e.g. Specialist High Skills Majors, dual credit program)
Most colleges have a placement office or can direct students to a career centre to help find apprenticeship opportunities.
Visit the job bank to post your resume and availability for apprenticeship in your chosen trade.
Employment Ontario
Employment Ontario offers employmenet services and training opportunities like matching apprenctices to sponsors.
Unions or Trade Associations
Many trades have unions or associations with resources to find and match apprentices to sponsors.
Local Companies
Research local companies in the skilled trades. Try your local online resources, newspapers or other directories.
Your Network
Ask around to see if anyone you know is in the skilled trades. Ask if they are hiring or know someone who is.

Please Note: If you are a registered apprentice and have not received a letter regarding schooling, contact your local Ministry of Labout, Training & Skills Development office.

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Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities can be found in the industrial, commercial and institutional construction sector as well as residential construction.

Tuition Fees

For tuition fees, please contact the Office of the Registrar & Financial Aid Services.

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