Herzing College Skilled Trades
Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program
Learn the woodworking, safety, blueprint and building code skills you need to become a Carpenter Apprentice. Train with licensed instructors using industry-standard tools and safety gear. Get help finding a paid apprenticeship after graduation
Pre-apprenticeship Carpentry Training: Your First Step to Become a Licensed Carpenter
General carpenters construct, renovate, and repair structures made of wood, steel, concrete and other materials. They work on residential, commercial and industrial projects.
General Carpenter is a regulated trade in Ontario. This means you must complete an apprenticeship and earn a Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) to become a licensed carpenter. The process includes the following steps:
- Complete 720 hours of in-school carpentry training
- Complete 6,480 hours of work experience as a carpenter apprentice
- Pass the Ontario Carpenter certification exam
- Become a certified, registered journeyperson in the trade
Pre-apprenticeship carpentry training is your first step. Employers prefer to hire apprentices who already have hands-on skills and safety knowledge.
A quality carpentry program gives you a big advantage when competing for your first apprenticeship.
Herzing College Carpentry Pre-apprenticeship Training Program
The goal of this program is to get you hired as a carpenter apprenticeship, so you can start your path toward certification.
Herzing’s Carpentry Pre-apprenticeship training program teaches the theory and hands-on skills Ontario employers are looking for.
Our partnerships with Ontario trades organizations and unions help our students get great apprenticeships after graduation.
- 18-week program
- Licensed instructors with years of industry experience
- State-of-the-art training facility that simulates a real work environment
- Multiple program start-dates throughout the year
- Tools and safety gear are included in your tuition
- Loans, government training grants, and scholarships may be available for students who qualify (our Admissions team will help you apply)
- In 2019, 86% of available Herzing College Skilled Trades graduates found employment in a related field (statistic based on most recent available data)
Our Carpentry Training Includes Valuable Safety Certifications
Employers prefer to hire carpentry apprentices who have already completed job site safety training. Our Carpentry Pre-apprenticeship training program includes 6 different safety certifications:
- Working at Heights
- Elevating Work Platforms
- Lockout & Tag Safety
- Scaffold Users’ Hazard Awareness
- Confined Spaces Hazard Awareness
There is steady demand and employment growth for General Carpenters in Ontario. The strong residential construction market is creating jobs for carpenters, along with good demand for renovation and maintenance work.
There are also many industrial and commercial projects generating jobs for carpenters in Ontario. Contracts for bridges, highways, hospitals, transit systems, and schools are all expected to create employment in this field.
Job Options for Carpentry Pre-apprenticeship Graduates
Successful graduates of our Carpentry Pre-apprenticeship training program are qualified for jobs with:
- Construction companies
- Carpentry contractors
- Maintenance departments of factories, plants and other establishments
Examples of possible job titles include:
- Rough Carpenter
- Renovation Carpenter
- Metal Framer – Carpentry
- Finish Carpenter
- Maintenance Carpenter
The Carpentry Pre-apprenticeship training program teaches carpentry construction and installation methods, interpreting blueprints, job safety, and the Ontario Building Code.
In this program you will learn:
- Carpentry safety requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
- The proper use of hand and power tools
- How to apply interior and exterior residential finishes
- How to construct footing, wall, column, pilaster, beam and stair forms
- How to install suspended ceiling systems, steel stud and drywall systems, and accessories
- How to estimate material quantities from residential plans and specifications
- How to read blueprints and interpret construction drawings and sketches
- The Ontario Building Code
- How to write a professional resume and prepare for carpenter apprenticeship interviews
Click to see a detailed description of carpentry courses.
Students learn to interpret the carpentry safety requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Students will be able to identify unsafe work areas and apply essential safety procedures.
Students will be trained in the proper use of hand and power tools, as well as woodworking nomenclature, production methods and techniques. Students will learn interior and exterior residential finishes and apply selected finishes in the program. Students cover the fundamentals of describing and constructing footing, wall, column, pilaster, beam and stair forms. The program allows students to gain experience describing and installing suspended ceiling systems, steel stud and drywall systems, and accessories. It will teach students how to select and identify material used in residential and commercial construction.
Students will be able to identify types of residential foundations and building code requirements according to the Ontario Building Code, such as the layout and construction of various types of residential framing. Students will be able to estimate material quantities from residential plans and specifications.
Students will obtain knowledge in reading and interpreting, drawings and sketches of layouts to calculate the requirements according to the building code. Students will also gain experience in identifying various types of plans and specifications.
Resume Writing, Interview Skill Training, Customer Service Training, Communications Skills Training and Timesheet Skills Training.
What you need to get started.
- Minimum of a Canadian high school grade 12 or equivalent, or a mature student
- Pass an entrance test administrated by Herzing College
- Be interviewed in detail regarding interest in the field
- Meet any additional program specific entrance requirements
SAMPLE AVERAGE SALARY RANGE:
$34,560 to $57,600
2019 Overall Graduate Employment Rate
88% of available Herzing Trades Toronto and Cambridge graduates were employed in a related field.
*statistics based on most recent available
Your Next Steps
Ready to learn more about the Carpentry Pre-apprenticeship training program? It’s easy to get started. Choose from the following options:
- Fill out the form to ask questions via email
- Chat live with an Admissions Advisor to get your questions answered now
- Click Apply Now to get your application started today!
Why Choose this Program?
Herzing College Carpentry Pre-apprenticeship training is respected by Ontario employers. Our grads are ready to perform as skilled apprentices, their very first day on the job site. Here’s why Herzing should be your first choice for carpentry training:
- Affordable 18-week program that gets you job-ready fast
- Learn the fundamentals of carpentry installation and construction, job safety, Ontario Building Code, and blueprints
- Hands-on training taught by licensed carpenters
- Herzing College is a Merit Ontario, CLAC Union-approved training facility
- Eligible grads are admitted to Merit Ontario and CLAC union
- Tools and safety gear are included in your tuition
- Training includes 6 valuable safety certifications
- Herzing’s Career Development team helps you create your resume, apply for carpentry apprenticeships, and prepare for interviews
- We connect graduates with available jobs through our industry partners
- We help you apply for government training grants, loans, and scholarships to lower your tuition costs
- Small class sizes, fun learning environment, great staff
- Herzing College has a 55-year track record of respected career training