How Do I Become a Carpentry Apprentice?

Misty Amber Brighton
Misty Amber Brighton
A carpenter's apprentice may act as an assistant to a carpenter while learning new skills.
A carpenter's apprentice may act as an assistant to a carpenter while learning new skills.

A carpentry apprentice learns construction skills under the supervision of an experienced carpenter. If you would like to become a carpentry apprentice, you should check with a local union hall to see if there are any openings available. Trade schools and job training programs such as Job Corps may also have one of these programs. The requirements for entering a carpentry apprenticeship vary, but may include having a high school diploma or equivalent and passing a test on basic math skills.

Carpenters must know how to safely operate machinery and power tools, including miter saws.
Carpenters must know how to safely operate machinery and power tools, including miter saws.

Visiting a local carpenter's union can help you become a carpentry apprentice. This is because these organizations normally have a number of openings for carpenter's apprentices at any given time. Talk to a union representative and tell her you are interested in a training program. She may ask you to fill out an application, so having information about your previous employers and the names of at least three references with you when you visit the union hall can help facilitate this process.

Maths skills and a high attention to detail are necessary skills for carpenters.
Maths skills and a high attention to detail are necessary skills for carpenters.

If there are no carpenter's unions in your local area, you may want to see if there are any trade schools that offer a carpentry apprenticeship. These are often listed in a telephone directory under trade schools or apprenticeship programs. It is important to do some research before signing up for one of these programs, especially if the institution asks you to pay for these courses. You should find out how long the company has been in business and where some of the recent graduates are working in order to select a reputable program.

Job training programs can also help you become a carpentry apprentice. In the United States, one such organization is the Job Corps. You may find these training programs listed in a telephone directory or by visiting local employment agencies. These programs are typically shorter in duration than union or trade school programs and may consist of classroom instruction and on-the-job training.

Before you can become a carpentry apprentice, you should possess the skills needed for working in this field. It can be a good idea to brush up on your math skills because you will use them often in this line of work. Since some carpenter's apprentices may be required to take a written exam before being accepted into a program, you will already be ahead of the game by doing so. It can also be helpful to increase your upper-body strength and stamina, as working as a carpentry apprentice requires a great deal of physical endurance.

You might also Like

Readers Also Love

Discussion Comments

croydon

@irontoenail - It really annoys me that people think a job working with your hands is somehow inferior to one in which you sit behind a desk all day. People like electricians, plumbers and carpenters are often getting paid more, and doing work in a more natural setting.

They'll probably live longer too, with all the exercise they get.

It's a good life, you meet lots of different people, and get the satisfaction of solid work that you can see afterwards.

I would recommend to anyone who had the inclination that they try for an electrician or carpentry apprenticeship.

irontoenail

Some people look down on the kinds of jobs that require an apprenticeship rather than a degree.

But, skills like carpentry are far more in demand now than BA degrees which, to be honest, are a dime a dozen.

I have a BA myself, and I don't regret it. But, in terms of finding a job I don't kid myself that if I had taken a carpenter apprenticeship I would have more prospects.

I guess I would have fewer options, but I know with the market the way it is, that those options are turning out to just be an illusion.

Post your comments
Login:
Forgot password?
Register:
    • A carpenter's apprentice may act as an assistant to a carpenter while learning new skills.
      A carpenter's apprentice may act as an assistant to a carpenter while learning new skills.
    • Carpenters must know how to safely operate machinery and power tools, including miter saws.
      Carpenters must know how to safely operate machinery and power tools, including miter saws.
    • Maths skills and a high attention to detail are necessary skills for carpenters.
      Maths skills and a high attention to detail are necessary skills for carpenters.