Carpenter

Carpenters build and repair a vast array of structures made of wood, wood-substitutes and other materials. Many work for construction companies, contractors and maintenance departments while others are self-employed. Carpenter is a nationally designated trade under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. Carpenters assemble and erect forms for concrete, wood and metal frame construction and use plans and instruments to prepare for excavating and shoring. On smaller projects, they direct concrete placement, and install exterior and interior finish materials such as siding, doors, windows and cabinets.

OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS THE CARPENTER PROGRAM WILL BE CHANGING. WHERE ARE WE NOW?

APRIL 2018 - MARCH 2019

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Harmonized*

Harmonized*

Current**

Current**

*Harmonized = Program stream with re-aligned content beginning in April 2017

**Current = Program stream for apprentices who've completed level 1 training before April 2017

If you are unclear as to what program you are registered in, or unclear as to which program you should be following, please contact ITA Customer Service

Please be advised that minor changes have been made to the Harmonized Program Outline (below). Please refer to the Program Update for details of the changes.

HARMONIZED PROGRAM INFORMATION - Level 1 in effect April 2017, Level 2 in effect April 2018

Program Profile

Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification

Download (152 PDF KB)

Program Outline

Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers

Download (905 PDF KB)

Exam Weighting Charts

The Exam Weighting Charts for the Harmonized level exams will be made available as the Harmonized level exams are launched.

Level 1 (129 PDF KB)

Level 2 (129 PDF KB)

See below for information about the current program. 

Your Carpenter Trade Certification Guidebook (Current Program)

Program Updates:

Transitioning to the Harmonized Program

 

Standardized Level Exams

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 432.63 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 961.17 KB)
  • Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
  • Information guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions
  • Download(PDF 1.32 MB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 135.39 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.

OR

If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 66.01 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 72.32 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 81.27 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 104.1 KB)