Carpenter - Apprenticeship

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 0575/0576/0577
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The School of Skilled Trades at the Kingston Campus offers the in-school study portion of the General Carpenter Apprenticeship Program for students already registered and working in the trade, as defined by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Level 1 Apprenticeship Program Code 0575
Level 2 Apprenticeship Program Code 0576
Level 3 Apprenticeship Program Code 0577

After completing all three levels and the required number of hours of job-site experience, apprentices are eligible to write the Certificate of Qualification Exam for Carpentry.

This program is funded in part by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Learn more about Apprenticeships in Ontario. For start dates, contact the Employment Ontario apprenticeship office in your area.

Program Details

Code 0575/0576/0577
Credential Statement of Achievement/College Certificate
Campus Kingston
Program Length 8-week blocks
Delivery Apprenticeship
For start dates, contact the Employment Ontario apprenticeship office in your area.

Program Highlights

This program is considered a Red Seal trade (see - opens a new window). Apprenticeship grants are designed to make a career in the trades an attractive choice and to encourage more apprentices to complete their training. Eligible apprentices may receive up to $4,000 which can be used to pay for tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses.

As per the Service Canada website, registered apprentices who have successfully finished their first or second year/level (or equivalent) in one of the Red Seal trades can apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) which is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year/level up to a maximum of $2,000.  Registered apprentices who complete their training, become a certified journeyperson in a designated Red Seal trade, and who obtain either the Red Seal endorsement or a provincial or territorial Certificate of Qualification can apply for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) which is a taxable cash grant of $2,000. For more information visit

Program Outline


This course provides the student with the information required for the safe use of fire protection equipment, personal protection devices, and awareness of content within the Ontario Construction Safety Association's Safety in Rigging training. Students will refer to the Occupational Health & Safety Act of Ontario and the safety requirements of the workplace.

This course provides the apprentice with the basic theory and practical instruction in the selection and use of hand and stationary power tools as well as construction material and fastening systems. Construction site safety is also discussed through this course.

Through the completion of assigned lab projects, students will demonstrate an understanding of course material from CARP 10, CARP59, CARP60, and CARP11 for the care and safe use of hand, portable, and stationary power tools required for the carpentry trade. Additionally, by completing the assigned lab projects, the student will demonstrate their understanding of the physical characteristics of materials used in construction including solid and manufactured lumber products, fasteners, and adhesives. Students will be required to use math formulas fromCARP60 to successfully complete all Lab projects.

This course provides the student with the information required for the safe use and erection of ladders, scaffolds, personal platform lifts, personal protection devices, and required safety practices of the workplace. Students will review the many health hazards and safety risks that are present on the job site by using the Occupational Health & Safety Act as well as practical hands-on experience.

This course introduces the Apprentice to the Ontario Building Code - how to use it to find needed information about joist sizes, rafter spacing, fire, and electrical codes. The apprentice will learn to prepare sketches and understand the different types of drawings, views, the alphabet of lines, notes, and title blocks. This course introduces the apprentice to the skills required to read and interpret a set of blueprints.

This course introduces the apprentice to the math required in the trade. Problems involving linear measurement, surface area, and volume are solved in both metric and imperial measures.

This course enables the apprentice to gain a working knowledge of the principles of metallurgy as they relate to the building trade. The apprentice learns to safely use, store, and handle oxyacetylene equipment; select and adjust this equipment, and perform welding, cutting, and brazing operations using standard oxyacetylene equipment.

This course will familiarize the student with various types and styles of interior and exterior finishes relating to residential buildings. Course material will include the selection and installation of both natural and synthetic building products. Interior finishing subjects will include various interior walls, ceiling, and floor finishes, and the selection and installation of interior doors and trim products. Exterior finishing subjects will include wood, metal, vinyl, and masonry wall and roof cladding products, and the selection and installation of exterior doors and windows.

This course will familiarize the student with the basic principles of building science. Specific areas of study will include air and moisture movement, methods of heat and sound transfer, maintaining acceptable air quality, mechanical systems, and soil deposits in relation to the life cycle of residential buildings and the Ontario Building Code. Other areas of study will be alternate building styles such as the LEED certification of building projects, including the use of green or recycled building products, health and safety, and site management.

This course will familiarize the student with the principles and practices used to build the structural components of a residential building. Areas of study will include various foundation systems and floor, wall, and roof framing. Structural requirements will be studied in the context of the Ontario Building Code. The use of both the Imperial and Metric systems of measurement will be developed in this course.

The students will apply the theoretical information taught in CARP13, CARP14, CARP15, and CARP80 to complete projects relating to residential building construction. Projects such as framing a small structure with different roof styles, proper selection, layout, and installing interior and exterior finishes will also be completed. This course is a required part of the General Carpenter Apprenticeship program and as such will provide the student with instruction and guidance relating to the safe use of tools and equipment and skill development for the workplace, the college lab setting, and requirements of the Carpenter Apprenticeship program.

This course introduces the student to the procedures used to estimate the materials required for residential construction.

This course continues the study of the Ontario Building Code - how to use it to find needed information relating to joist sizes, rafting spacing, insulation, and fire codes. Students will learn to apply information from residential plans to a workplace situation.

The students will study the calculations necessary to find areas and volumes for the order and purchase of the correct quantities of building materials needed for various projects in the construction industry. They will also learn how to produce abuilding material "take-off", using the estimation process, to provide clients with a realistic cost account of various building projects. Stair layout calculations will also be discussed.

Students will study traditional and common methods of constructing and finishing commercial structures. Topics relate to the investigation and preparation of building sites, excavation, shoring, foundation piles, and the design and construction of light concrete formwork. Students will develop knowledge in the installation of suspended ceilings, metal stud construction, and raised access floor systems. Students will also focus on the layout, fabrication, and installation of heavy timber frame structures.

The students will apply the theoretical information learned in CARP16, CARP17, and CARP82. Students will complete projects relating to commercial construction including concrete forming and layout, steel stud, suspended ceiling systems, commercial doors and hardware, engineered and site constructed formwork, stair systems, building site layout, and elevations using numerous survey tools.

This course exposes the apprentice to the principles of blueprint reading as they apply to commercial construction. The apprentice learns to apply information and instructions from commercial plans to job situations. The Building Code is also studied and applied to specific commercial job situations.

This course continues the study of math and geometry as applied to commercial construction. Some areas of study include: how to calculate the required size of beams, calculations to determine live loads on building and static loading. The apprentice studies the practical applications of geometric layout and learns to apply the basic principles of construction layout.

This course involves a focus on timber frame structures and both structural and non-structural interior exterior wood joints. Students will examine procedures used to estimate material quantities while creating a hand-drawn blueprint and constructing a scaled-down version of their drawing.


Admission Requirements

The apprentice must be: 


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"The knowledge of theory, mathematics, and proper terminology gave me a lot of confidence when working on job sites and dealing with suppliers. It is empowering when you trust your own skills and knowledge. For example, knowing how to complete tasks safely and in compliance with the Ontario Building Code."
Van Sheen

Program Contacts

Program Contact

Steve Dick
613.544.5400 ext. 1931

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