General Carpenter

Certificate of Qualification 403A

“My work makes me feel accomplished and my tools help me build something that will stay for years to come!”

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.


  • Establish building procedures and prepares work sites

  • Lay out, constructs and installs formwork and concrete foundations

  • Frame floors, walls, ceilings and roofs

  • Finish interiors and exteriors

  • Constructs heavy framing

  • Build stairs, posts and handrails

  • Lay out, constructs and installs door and window systems

  • Perform renovations

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication, reading, numeracy & strong problem-solving skills

  • Good hand-eye coordination

  • Attention to detail, problem-solving & job planning

Employment Sectors

  • Heavy Industrial Construction

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • New home building and renovation

  • Self employed

Apprenticeship Program

7200 hours of on-the-job training, supplemented by three 8-week sessions of in-class technical training.

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma preferred (Grade 10 minimum)

Journeyperson Wage Rate

$45.25/Hr (2024 Provincial Average)

Did you know?

Carpentry work can be divided into two categories: rough carpentry and finish carpentry.

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