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Carpentry Apprenticeship Training

Carpenters are one of the most versatile construction occupations, with workers usually doing many different tasks.
Carpenters typically do the following:
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  • Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
  • Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
  • Measure, cut, or shape wood, plastic, and other materials
  • Construct building frameworks, including walls, floors, and door frames
  • Help erect, level, and install building framework with the aid of rigging hardware and cranes
  • Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures.
Carpentry 1

Includes Core Curriculum, textbook, materials, lab supplies, and instructor fees.

• Orientation to the Trade
• Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives
• Hand and Power Tools
• Reading Plans and Elevations
• Floor Systems
• Roof, Wall and Ceiling Framing
• Introduction to Concrete
• Reinforcing Materials
• Windows and Exterior Doors
• Basic Stair Layout

Carpentry 2

Includes textbook, materials, lab supplies, and instructor fees.

• Commercial Drawings
• Roofing Applications
• Thermal and Moisture Protection
• Exterior Finishing
• Cold-Formed Steel Framing
• Drywall Installation and Finishing
• Doors and Door Hardware
• Suspended Ceilings
• Window, Door, Floor and Ceiling Trim
• Cabinet Fabrication and Installation

Carpentry 3 (Offered in Northern Virginia Only)

Includes textbook, materials, lab supplies, and instructor fees.

• Rigging Equipment and Practices
• Properties of Concrete
• Reinforcing Concrete
• Handling and Placing Concrete
• Trenching and Excavating
• Foundations and Slab-On-Grade
• Vertical and Horizontal Formwork
• Tilt-Up Wall Panels

Carpentry 4 (Offered in Northern Virginia Only)

Includes textbook, materials, lab supplies, and instructor fees.

• Site Layout I — Distance Measurement and Leveling
• Site Layout II — Angular Measurement
• Advanced Roof Systems, Wall Systems, Stair Systems
• Introduction to Light Equipment
• Welding
• Commercial Finish Work
• Site Preparation
• Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader

Terms of Apprenticeship

The ABC-VIRGINIA term of apprenticeship consists of four years: 8,000 hours (approximately 2,000 hours per year) of on-the-job training (OJT), and 600 hours (150 hours per year) of related-classroom instruction. OJT is administered by the apprentice’s employer.

Related-classroom instruction is administered by ABC-VIRGINIA, and ABC-VIRGINIA provides participating employers with Advisory Apprenticeship Program Standards. Employers participating in the ABC-VIRGINIA Program must register as apprenticeship program sponsors on an individual basis and must register their employees on an individual basis with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI).

Upon completion of the ABC-VIRGINIA apprenticeship training program, a completed Apprenticeship Action Form will be issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia – Division of Apprenticeship and Training. The completed Apprenticeship Action Form should be submitted to the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) for journeyman testing eligibility.