General Carpenter (Block Release) [Apprenticeship]

The General Carpenter program teaches apprentices to measure, shape, cut and construct forms for concrete pouring, create foundations, floors, walls and ceilings and build stairs, counters and cupboards -- all under the direction of experienced workers and employers, both on the job and in the classroom. This apprenticeship program will leave students with developed manual dexterity, organization skills and the ability to visualize how pieces come together.


The General Carpenter program takes a “start-to-finish” approach. Whether you’re helping plan a large or small-scale renovation with plans specifications, you’ll be involved in every step of whatever project you take on as you help to create safe spaces that people can work, play or live in. Under knowledgeable, detailed apprenticeship training, you’ll develoHabitat for Humanity women's build, October 2018p manual dexterity, strong organization skills and the ability to visualize how pieces come together.

This program is a block release apprenticeship where students combine paid, on-the-job training from skilled tradespeople, with a full-time, on-campus classroom component from experienced skilled trade instructors. The classroom component includes three levels of theoretical training that may take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks. Apprentices are required to complete all three levels of in-class training, along with the on-the-job training. This combination of short-class instruction and hands-on training will give you the right skill development needed to become a successful General Carpenter certified under the Ontario College of Trades.



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This is an apprenticeship program. You cannot apply to this program through Applicants need a sponsor/employer. Your sponsor/employer must register you with:

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Apprenticeship/Client Services
72-1200 Commissioners Road East 
London, Ontario, N5Z 4R3 
MLTSD is responsible for scheduling your in-school training at Fanshawe College.


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Career Information

*Students must have a job prior to enrolling in Fanshawe’s General Carpenter (Apprenticeship) program.

Graduates of the General Carpenter program are eligible to pursue Red Seal endorsement as a licensed Journeyman carpenter. As a Red Seal carpenter, graduates will have opportunities in residential, commercial or industrial settings in estimating, layout, and constructing in the following areas of the trade:

  • framing
  • trimming
  • roofing
  • millwork and cabinet installation
  • renovations
  • scaffolding
  • exterior finishes
  • stairs
  • decks and fences

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduate employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s General Carpenter program:

Work on a variety of commercial and residential projects.

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Help with on-site installation of cabinets and doors.


Complete repairs and renovations at various residential and commercial properties.

Learning Outcomes

Level 1, 2, 3


Program Details

Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Steve Laing

Ontario College Certificate


Level 1-Basic
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CARP-1002Estimat'g Layout & Calculations (Basic)2
The student will develop an understanding of basic trade calculations and an ability to solve trade related problems. The student will learn to apply basic principles of Geometry to Construction layout and develop knowledge of practices of cutting, brazing and arc welding with oxy-acetylene, safely.
CARP-1003Plans Specifications & Codes-Basic2
This course prepares the student for usual working relationships in the industry; develops knowledge of architectural drawings and related equipment; develops ability to read and interpret drawings and sketches from oral and written information.
SFTY-1053Safety Materials & Tools7.5
To develop in the apprentice knowledge and pride in the trade of Carpentry and its related regulations and organization. To develop knowledge of health hazards and other risks and first aid skills.To develop knowledge of materials, of wood and lumber, of skill in joints and fasteners, and of skill and selection of hand tools and power tools.
WELD-1056Welding for Carpenters0.5
To develop in the apprentice knowledge in the general safety practices and operating principles of oxy-acetylene and arc welding and skill in the basic levels of cutting, brazing, and welding.
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