Carpenter (Apprenticeship)


Applicants must be currently employed in the trade; must be formally registered as apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU); and have a valid “Offer of Classroom Training” from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities that includes your Ministry Client ID and approved Class Number.

Eligibility is determined by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.  For more information please see application information.

The Carpenter Apprenticeship program at Algonquin College fulfills the in-class requirements for a carpentry apprenticeship program, and prepares students to work as skilled carpenters in the construction industry. Registration for Apprenticeship programs takes place through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Ontario College Certificate
24 Weeks

Program Code: 0504X01FWO
Academic Year: 2013/2014


Our Program

This Ontario College Certificate apprenticeship program fulfills the in-class requirements for a Carpentry apprenticeship program and prepares apprentices to work as skilled carpenters in the construction industry.

Carpenters are required to perform a variety of specialized jobs, including rough carpentry, form building, framing, fine finishing and maintenance. In addition to these skills, a carpenter needs to have a basic understanding of standard building procedures, building regulations and properties of materials. Because the construction industry involves the combined efforts of a number of different trades, carpenters must be familiar with the relationship of carpentry work to that of other journeymen.

The practical program consists of three levels of hands-on study. The basic and intermediate levels concentrate on residential construction and apprentices learn how to read blueprints, weld and adhere to machine and tool safety practices. The advanced level focuses on commercial carpentry and includes concrete form work and stair building.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for apprentices who:

  • Enjoy a hands-on approach to learning about the carpentry industry.
  • Like analyzing and solving problems.
  • Are attentive to detail.
  • Can work independently.
  • Have good problem-solving and analytical skills.

Your Career

Apprenticeship graduates may be employed in the residential and commercial construction industries.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 (Basic) Hours
DRA8831 This course provides instruction in reading and preparing drawings, plans and sketches. Through lectures, demonstrations, assignments, sketching and drawings, apprentices read and interpret simple drawings, use standard drafting tools, read and apply metric and imperial measurements and produce basic construction plans.

Co-requisites: WEL8539 and WOO8813 and WOO8814
Plans, Specifications and Codes I This course provides instruction in reading and preparing drawings, plans and sketches. Through lectures, demonstrations, assignments, sketching and drawings, apprentices read and interpret simple drawings, use standard drafting tools, read and apply metric and imperial measurements and produce basic construction plans.

Co-requisites: WEL8539 and WOO8813 and WOO8814
32.0
WEL8539 This course in oxy-acetylene and shielding metallic arc welding develops a basic understanding of welding procedures as practised in building construction. Apprentices are offered instruction and assistance in safety precautions, types and uses of flames, welding and brazing light material, oxyacetylene welding, and cutting and arc welding of basic joints in the flat position.

Co-requisites: DRA8831 and WOO8813 and WOO8814
Metal Cutting and Welding This course in oxy-acetylene and shielding metallic arc welding develops a basic understanding of welding procedures as practised in building construction. Apprentices are offered instruction and assistance in safety precautions, types and uses of flames, welding and brazing light material, oxyacetylene welding, and cutting and arc welding of basic joints in the flat position.

Co-requisites: DRA8831 and WOO8813 and WOO8814
24.0
WOO8813 This basic course provides the apprentice with the theoretical and practical instruction required to select and use hand and power tools, materials, and fasteners safely and skillfully. Topics covered include the history of the trade, hand and power tools, basic carpentry and joinery operations, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and rigging and hoisting techniques.

Co-requisites: DRA8831 and WEL8539 and WOO8814
Safety, Materials and Tools This basic course provides the apprentice with the theoretical and practical instruction required to select and use hand and power tools, materials, and fasteners safely and skillfully. Topics covered include the history of the trade, hand and power tools, basic carpentry and joinery operations, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and rigging and hoisting techniques.

Co-requisites: DRA8831 and WEL8539 and WOO8814
152.0
WOO8814 This course provides instruction in solving trade-related mathematics and construction geometry problems. It enables apprentices to understand and apply basic principles of geometric layout and problem-solving techniques to onsite construction. Estimating, Calculation and Layout I This course provides instruction in solving trade-related mathematics and construction geometry problems. It enables apprentices to understand and apply basic principles of geometric layout and problem-solving techniques to onsite construction. 32.0
Level: 02 (Intermediate) Hours
DRA8832 This course provides instruction in interpreting residential building codes and blueprints. Through lectures, demonstrations, assignments, and drawings, apprentices develop the knowledge of relationships amongst owners, architects, contractors, tradespeople and construction regulating authorities. Apprentices learn to apply information and instructions from building codes, plans and specifications to residential construction.

Prerequisites: DRA8831

Co-requisites: WOO8823 and WOO8824
Plans, Specifications and Codes II This course provides instruction in interpreting residential building codes and blueprints. Through lectures, demonstrations, assignments, and drawings, apprentices develop the knowledge of relationships amongst owners, architects, contractors, tradespeople and construction regulating authorities. Apprentices learn to apply information and instructions from building codes, plans and specifications to residential construction.

Prerequisites: DRA8831

Co-requisites: WOO8823 and WOO8824
32.0
WOO8823 This course provides theoretical and practical instruction in residential construction. Topics covered include concrete foundations; beams; preserved wood foundations, framing walls, roofs and floors; insulation; interior and exterior finishing; and energy efficient housing. Lectures, demonstrations, films, field trips and practical projects are the teaching methods used.

Prerequisites: WOO8813

Co-requisites: DRA8832 and WOO8824
Residential Construction This course provides theoretical and practical instruction in residential construction. Topics covered include concrete foundations; beams; preserved wood foundations, framing walls, roofs and floors; insulation; interior and exterior finishing; and energy efficient housing. Lectures, demonstrations, films, field trips and practical projects are the teaching methods used.

Prerequisites: WOO8813

Co-requisites: DRA8832 and WOO8824
184.0
WOO8824 This course provides instruction in estimating time and material quantities for residential construction. Through lectures and practical exercises, using working drawings, apprentices learn to take off material quantities, research material costs, use estimating handbooks and produce cost estimates.

Prerequisites: WOO8814

Co-requisites: DRA8832 and WOO8823
Estimating, Calculation and Layout II This course provides instruction in estimating time and material quantities for residential construction. Through lectures and practical exercises, using working drawings, apprentices learn to take off material quantities, research material costs, use estimating handbooks and produce cost estimates.

Prerequisites: WOO8814

Co-requisites: DRA8832 and WOO8823
24.0
Level: 03 (Advanced) Hours
DRA8833 This course provides instruction in interpreting commercial building specifications and blueprints. Through lectures, demonstrations, assignments, and drawings, apprentices develop a knowledge of commercial construction regulating authorities. Apprentices apply information and instructions from building codes, plans and specifications to commercial construction.

Prerequisites: DRA8831

Co-requisites: WOO8835
Plans, Specifications and Codes III This course provides instruction in interpreting commercial building specifications and blueprints. Through lectures, demonstrations, assignments, and drawings, apprentices develop a knowledge of commercial construction regulating authorities. Apprentices apply information and instructions from building codes, plans and specifications to commercial construction.

Prerequisites: DRA8831

Co-requisites: WOO8835
32.0
WOO8835 This course provides instruction in estimating time and material quantities for commercial construction. Through lectures and practical exercises, using working drawings, apprentices learn to take off material quantities, research material costs, use estimating handbooks and produce cost estimates.

Prerequisites: WOO8824

Co-requisites: DRA8833 and WOO8839
Estimating, Calculation and Layout III This course provides instruction in estimating time and material quantities for commercial construction. Through lectures and practical exercises, using working drawings, apprentices learn to take off material quantities, research material costs, use estimating handbooks and produce cost estimates.

Prerequisites: WOO8824

Co-requisites: DRA8833 and WOO8839
24.0
WOO8839 This course provides theoretical and practical instruction in commercial construction. Topics covered include site practices and layout; soil conditions; shoring and underpinning; forms for footings, piers, walls, columns, stairs, and beams and scaffolding. Lectures, demonstrations, films, field trips and practical projects are the teaching methods used. Apprentices also learn to build stairs and install drywall, suspended ceilings, steel stud walls, commercial doors and related hardware. They also construct wood stairs with open and housed stringers and three-part winder stairs. They use theodolites and automatic levels to establish building lines, turn angles, perform differential leveling and complete a closed traverse.

Prerequisites: WOO8823

Co-requisites: DRA8833 and WOO8835
Commercial Construction This course provides theoretical and practical instruction in commercial construction. Topics covered include site practices and layout; soil conditions; shoring and underpinning; forms for footings, piers, walls, columns, stairs, and beams and scaffolding. Lectures, demonstrations, films, field trips and practical projects are the teaching methods used. Apprentices also learn to build stairs and install drywall, suspended ceilings, steel stud walls, commercial doors and related hardware. They also construct wood stairs with open and housed stringers and three-part winder stairs. They use theodolites and automatic levels to establish building lines, turn angles, perform differential leveling and complete a closed traverse.

Prerequisites: WOO8823

Co-requisites: DRA8833 and WOO8835
184.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $400 per level.

Incidental Fees: $20.00 in Levels 02 and 03.

Information Technology Fee: $31 per term.

Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm.

Students are responsible for supplying their own personal hand tools. Books and supplies can be purchased in the campus bookstore.

Students are responsible for parking and locker fees, if applicable.

All students are responsible to supply their own personal protective equipment (such as CSA approved safety footwear, protective eyewear, hearing protection, gloves, hard hat) as required in each lab environment.

Admission Requirements 

Program Eligibility

  • Applicants must be formally registered as apprentices, must be currently employed in the trade, and must be released by employers to attend the College.
  • Eligibility is determined by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Application Information

Registration for Apprenticeship programs takes place through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

For further information, contact:

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Employment and Training Division
347 Preston Street, 3rd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1S 3H8
613-731-7100
1-877-221-1220

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Daniel Brigham, Program Coordinator, 613-727-4723 ext. 6376 or Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time