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Carpentry (Construction)

Apprenticeship Completion

Program number: 504101


Work DescriptionCarpentry Apprenticeship

Carpenters construct, erect, install or repair structures and fixtures made of wood and concrete forms; building frameworks including partitions, joists, studding and rafters; wood stairways, window and door frames; and hardwood floors using carpentry hand and power tools. They build wood framing for houses, roofs, stairs, decks and sheaths, and forms for concrete and frame buildings, walls, footings, columns and stairs.

The trade also involves carpentry work to install cabinets, siding drywall and insulation. Carpenters install doors, windows, store fronts and hand rails, building cabinets and counter tops and may work on drywall, wood flooring, metal jambs and ceilings. They are skilled in interior and exterior finish work and are able to read blueprints, measure accurately and calculate dimensions.

Working Conditions

Carpenters may work indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions requiring prolonged standing, climbing, kneeling, squatting and lifting heavy materials. Working conditions vary with each job and may include working on ladders and scaffolding. Carpenters are occasionally exposed to fumes and dust. Ongoing safety training is provided to avoid job site accidents. Extensive traveling may be required.


  • 4-year training program
  • 6,240 hours of on-the-job training
  • 400 hours of paid related instruction
  • 250 hours of unpaid related instruction
  • Apprentice must, during their first two years, complete Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training courses
  • Apprentice must, in his/her final year, complete the Transition-To-Trainer course

Apprentices receive classroom instruction in safety, first aid, blueprint reading, freehand sketching, basic mathematics and different carpentry techniques.

Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Program Details

Carpentry (Construction) Apprenticeship classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Commercial Avenue

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All courses for this program are offered only in person.


How to Apply to Carpentry Apprenticeship

You must apply directly to the Southern Wisconsin Carpentry Joint Apprenticeship Committee (the application does not go through Madison College).


Southern Wisconsin Carpentry Joint Apprenticeship Committee
5202 Monument Lane
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 241-0960

All apprenticeships require an employer sponsor. After meeting the application requirements, you will be responsible for finding an employer to sponsor you as an apprentice before you may begin the program.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Valid driver’s license or reliable transportation

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2017-2018 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

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Fifth Semester

Sixth Semester


Madison College Carpentry Apprenticeship graduates are prepared to:  

  • Lay out and install concrete forms including, footings, walls, stairs, tilt-up, pre-cast, slab and deck bridges.
  • Frame and install gable roofs, hip roofs, valley and jack rafters, decking and sheathing, pre-engineered joists, wall and stairs in industrial, highway, residential and commercial structures.
  • Install exterior finishes to include wall covers, overhangs, vinyl and aluminum siding, shingles, doors and window units, exterior trim and caulking.
  • Install interior finishes, including cabinets, paneling, shelving, trim doors, locks, jambs, formica and hardware.
  • Install interior systems including metal studs, metal jambs, drywall, partitions, ceilings, grids, and insulation and sound control units.
  • Install and operate different types of scaffolding, including tube/clamps, aerial and metal frames.
  • Use transit and levels.
  • Interpret blueprints.
  • Operate different types of welding equipment.
  • Take part in certification training for scaffolding, welding, rigging, OSHA, fork life and aerial lifts.
  • Skill used of power and hand tools for drilling, tapping, alignment, basic layout, and the repair and settings of machinery.
  • Skilled in working in teams and with other trades.