General Carpenter - 403A

Mohawk College Certificate
Carpentry is one of the oldest and most rewarding trades. Earn money and gain confidence through an occupation that is always in demand.

Program Highlights

  • Carpentry continues to expand and evolve as new techniques, technologies and materials are developed. Mohawk has an excellent reputation for delivering Carpentry Apprenticeship and strives to be proactive and innovative to stay ahead of the curve.

  • In-school training using state- of-the-art facilities.

  • Combination of on-the-job and in-school training.

  • Partnering with industry ensures our apprentices are future ready.

What you'll learn

  • Build a fulfilling career as a qualified journeyperson in the skilled trade of carpentry.

  • Instill the theory behind the skills you are learning from your employer on the job with extensive training in estimation, calculation and layout methods.

  • Layout and install building materials according to plans, specifications and building codes in residential, industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI)construction.

  • Develop a wide range of skills including:

    • Plan reading and layout

    • Estimating and calculations; o Interior finish

    • Exterior finish

    • Framing (wood/steel)

    • Concrete formwork

    • Stair building

    • Doors and windows

    • Scaffolding

    • Timber framing

Graduates in Demand

  • Mohawk annually serves 4,500 apprenticeship students, and is one of the largest trainers of apprentices in Ontario
  • Apprenticeship provides hands-on experience; however, apprenticeship programs require “in school” training as well
  • Mohawk provides in-class training for many of the trades for those who are already registered and working in an apprenticeship position

An Ontario Apprenticeship will include the following

  • On-The-Job Training: The apprentice learns the appropriate skills of the trade while working with and under the supervision of a qualified journeyperson
  • In-School Training: The apprentice learns the theory which supports all phases of the trade and relates this theory to practical projects that simulate typical work assignments

This program covers all in-class training for this apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship training is an agreement between a person wishing to learn a skill and an employer who can provide the environment for skills training. It is administered in Ontario by the Apprenticeship Client Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

In today's industry, there is a great demand for qualified individuals in a wide variety of occupations. In order to survive in the global market, industry must continue to meet the challenges offered by today's technology. Therefore, highly-skilled individuals or journeypersons with a combination of on-the-job training and in-school education obtained through apprenticeship programs are required to meet these challenges.

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Applicants for this training must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), and must be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).

Note: Applicants for this training must be registered apprentices in the Carpentry Trade.

If you are not a registered apprentice, please visit the Construction Engineering Technician - Building Renovation (462) page.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship training is an agreement between a person wishing to learn a skill and an employer who can provide the environment for skills training. It is administered in Ontario by the Apprenticeship Client Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities.

Learn more about Apprenticeships.

How to Become an Apprentice?

There are four ways of entering a skilled trade in Ontario.

  1. Find an employer who is willing to train you in your preferred trade
  2. Enter a Pre-Apprenticeship Training program
  3. Complete a college diploma that relates to your preferred trade
  4. Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Read more about how to become an apprentice.

Payment and Registration

Discover which method works best for you:

  1. Web Registration
  2. In-Person Payment “AND” Registration
  3. Employer Sponsorship

Visit Payment and Registration to learn about your payment options, as well as the Refund Policy.

Red Seal Trades

Upon successful completion of this program you are able to apply for a Red Seal endorsement.

Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • The apprenticeship is based on a total of 7,200 hours with 10% completed in school and 90% completed on the job with your employer.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • General Carpenters
  • Certified Journey persons
  • Skilled Trade Workers
  • Framers
  • Trim Finisher

  • Renovator

Where you could work includes:

  • General Contracting
  • Construction Companies
  • Residential and Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Sectors

Opportunities for grads

  • Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) – RedSeal
  • Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • Ontario College of Trades (OCOT)

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

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Nick tells us about his company, Heartwood Renovations and how co-ops in high school through to graduating from the pre-apprenticeship program at Mohawk helped him realize his dreams.

Nick Mancini