Carpentry Training Schools

A wide variety of carpentry training courses are available both online and off.

For the novice carpenter, such courses can help bridge the gap of knowledge that experience would normally bring. Working as an apprentice carpenter can mean long hours that may not allow attending a conventional school when needed. This situation is perfect for using online courses

Many carpenters discover their love of the profession as kids, showing a natural aptitude for building and understanding the basic engineering of structures. Others grow into it with exposure to friends and family who build, tinker, and work wood.

Even after years of experience, some carpenters make the decision to acquire more formal education and will pursue a carpentry training course online or at local and regional schools.

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A quick Internet search for such courses will reveal one informative site, worldwidelearn.com, which lists several training facilities. Among these are:

  • Penn Foster Career School
  • Ashworth University
  • Stratford Career Institute
  • ITT 

These online training centers offer carpentry courses that teach you about lumber, building materials, framing, equipment and tools, and specialty skills that will support your work with foundations, chimneys, and building layouts – plus building codes, carpenter’s math, and reading blueprints.

Back To School

For those of you who are more interested in attending a real brick and mortar school, each province in Canada has community colleges offering in-house training. This is where apprentices attend each year as they complete their carpentry training in a four year program. 

In British Columbia, Camosun College here in Victoria has an excellent campus and instructors. For those living near Vancouver BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) has a great reputation for turning out skilled carpenters too.

If you live in Ontario, check out the various listing offered at OntarioColleges.ca

At many of these facilities, you can also learn project management skills, from supervising workers to planning and sticking to a budget. That is a very different career path that often involves substantial office work but it may just be what you're looking for.

On The Job

A skilled carpenter is a valuable contributor to the workforce, made even more so with specialized skills and expanded knowledge. Additional education may allow a carpenter to make the move from rough carpenter to finish carpenter – if they wish.

Rough carpenters specialize in framing, sub-floor installation, formwork, and building scaffolding. Finish carpenters put the final touches on a project, building and installing cabinets, hardwood flooring, stairs, trim and other carpentry where specialty tools are required.

Some of the courses that are offered include:

  • Basic & Intermediate Stair Building
  • Rafters
  • Framing
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Carpentry Math
  • Concrete Formwork
  • Finishing

Whether you intend to use your carpentry learning to pursue a career or to support your home renovation efforts, you will find the acquired knowledge to be one of your most valuable tools.

But even after all that carpentry training, in the history of carpentry, the one tool you'll use most often is your brain because it's all about problem solving!

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