CARA 150 - Carpenter Apprenticeship Level 1

This course offers the harmonized curriculum for Level 1 Carpenter as outlined by the ITA. 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.


Hours:  210 (Lecture Hours: 119.7; Shop/Teaching Kitchen: 90.3)


Total Weeks:  7




Non-Course Prerequisites:
Eligibility as indicated by the Industry Training Authority




Course Content:
Safe Work Practices:
- Apply shop and site safety practices
- Apply personal safety practices
Documentation and Organizational Skills:
- Use construction drawings and specifications
- Interpret building codes and bylaws
- Plan and organize work
- Perform trade math
Tools and Equipment:
- Use hand tools
- Use portable power tools
- Use stationary power tools
Survey Instruments and Equipment:
- Use levelling instruments and equipment
Access, Rigging and Hoisting Equipment:
- Use ladders, scaffolds and access equipment
- Use rigging and hoisting equipment
Site Layout:
- Lay out building locations
Concrete Formwork:
- Use concrete types, materials, additives and treatments
- Select concrete forming systems
- Build footing and vertical framework
- Build slab-on-grade forms and suspended slab forms
- Install reinforcement and imbedded items
- Place and finish concrete
Wood Frame Construction:
- Describe wood frame construction
- Select framing materials
- Build floor systems
- Build stair systems
- Build decks and exterior structures
Building Science:
- Control the forces acting on a building


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful competition of this course students will be able to achieve competency in the following areas:
This course follows the prescribed ITA Provincial curriculum for Carpenter. This document can be found in its most current form at:


Grading System: Percentage


Passing Grade: 70%


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.