General Carpenters (403A) work mainly with wood, wood-substitutes, or other material such as drywall, plaster, steel, copper or tiles. General Carpenters may construct, erect, install, maintain or repair various structures and be responsible for framing and forming or finishing cabinets, doors, stairs and other major wooden structures.

General Carpentry Job Related Skills:
  • exterior finishing, framing, formwork and foundations
  • interior finishing
  • scaffolding and erecting swing stages
  • expert knowledge of wood products and how to select the best material for a job
  • laying out, measuring, cutting, assembling and joining various materials
  • using power and hand tools safely and effectively on the job
  • estimating and calculating effective to complete a project
  • understanding job site safety procedures and effectively using them to work and stay safe
  • reading and understanding blueprints and drawings

General Carpentry Apprenticeship Requirements
To become a General Carpenter, a grade 10 education is currently the legal minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.  Completion of a 7,200 hour Apprenticeship includes a combination of on-the-job work experience and complete three mandatory eight week blocks of in-school training, before successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate of Qualification.

How to obtain a Certificate of Qualification in Carpentry
Once apprentices have completed the required schooling and work experience, they may write the Carpentry Certificate of Qualification examination through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. A provincial C of Q and inter-provincial or “Red-Seal” certificate will be granted to those scoring 70% or above.

How to Apply for a Carpentry Apprenticeship at Local 18
If you think you are interested in starting an exciting career as a General Carpenter through our Apprenticeship program, please complete the Membership Application and drop off your completed application package, with all supporting documents, in person at either our Hamilton or Niagara office, which ever location is most convenient. Should you be unable to visit us, please submit your completed application package online, with all supporting documents, as well as proof of current mailing address that you reside within the Hamilton/Niagara area, to [email protected]. *Please note that incomplete application packages unfortunately will not be accepted – ensure you have included all required documents.

Check out the Mohawk College General Carpentry Trade School Program