Carpenter-joiner

(including the specialties of concrete former, deep foundation layer, and flooring layer sander)

What does a carpenter-joiner do?

Erects frames for walls, floors, and roofs Installs exterior coverings and insulation Installs exterior doors and windows Builds formwork and lays deep foundations Builds divisions and does interior finishing (interior doors, mouldings, shelves, storage spaces, etc.); Builds wood staircases and lays wood flooring Installs integrated furnishings (counters, cupboards, shelves, etc.);  Traces, cuts, assembles, and forms wood and metal pieces
This description is drawn from several sources and may be quite different from the definition of the trade given in the Regulation Respecting the Vocational Training of the Workforce in the Construction Industry.

What does it take to become a carpenter-joiner?

VERSATILITY – AUTONOMY — GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION  INTEREST in acquiring knowledge related to application of concepts of mathematics, taking imperial and metric measurements, and interpretation of plans and technical specifications  APTITUDE for working on scaffoldings and for using a wide variety of tools and safety equipment.

Hourly wage

According to the collective agreements (May 2023)
Between $23.61 and $43.42

Job prospects

Very good

Training

DEP 1,350 hours

Interesting! Which academic program should I take?

Training required:

Diplôme d’études professionnelles – Charpenterie-menuiserie (5319) or Carpentry (5819)

Training generally offered in the following regions:

* Training also offered in English.

Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Bas-Saint-Laurent
Capitale-Nationale
Chaudière-Appalaches
Côte-Nord
Estrie
Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Lanaudiere
Laurentides*
Mauricie
Montérégie*
Montréal*
Nord-du-Québec*
Outaouais
Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
Would you like to know about the program content? Consult Inforoute FPT

Academic prerequisites

There are different options for accessing the training program

HOLD A DIPLOMA

  • Hold a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent

OR

  • Hold a postsecondary diploma, such as a diploma of college studies or a bachelor’s degree

BE AT LEAST 16 YEARS OLD

  • Be at least 16 years old on September 30 of the school year during which the person begins the training program 

AND

  • Have passed the Secondary 4 units in language of instruction, second language, and mathematics in the study programs established by the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec (MEQ)

OR

  • Have completed recognized equivalent training.

BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time training begins

AND

  • Have the functional prerequisites: have passed the general development test (GDT)
  • Have the prerequisites specific to the study program concerned

OR

  • Have completed recognized equivalent training

HOLD CERTAIN SECONDARY 3 UNITS 

  • Have completed the Secondary 3 units in language of instruction, second language, and mathematics in the study programs established by the MEQ 

AND

  • Continue general education concurrently with vocational training in order to complete the missing Secondary 4 units in language of instruction, second language, and mathematics in the study programs established by the MEQ