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abc carpentry apprenticeship


    Program Number: 50-410-9
    School Year: 2017-2018
    Campus: West Bend

    Work Description

    Carpentry includes residential, commercial and industrial buildings and structures such as bridges and dams. In this trade, you will be involved with layout; concrete forming; wood and metal framing of walls, floors and roofs; window and door installation; and a wide variety of interior and exterior finish applications. You will also learn to use a variety of hand and power tools. Physically demanding indoor and outdoor work with variable weather conditions. Work may involve being below ground or working at various heights.  The carpentry program will include the use of green and sustainable construction practices.

    Application Information

    Application information available at: Associated Builders & Contractors, 800-829-9926 or 608-244-6056; e-mail Applications available online at

    Application Requirements

    Applicants should be 18 years of age and must forward the following to ABC: (1) completed ABC apprenticeship application, (2) copy of birth certificate, (3) copy of high school transcript or GED, (4) copy of driver’s license, (5) completed Employer Sponsorship Application and (6) ACCUPLACER or GATB test results of medium or high. ACCUPLACER tests are given at Moraine Park testing centers. Call (920-924-3207 or 1-800-472-4554) for ACCUPLACER test appointment scheduling.  Testing is available at Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac or the West Bend campus. GATB tests are given free of charge at local Wisconsin Job Service Centers.

    Training Period

    The apprenticeship consists of four years of not less than 6,416 hours, in which a minimum of 576 hours is spent in paid-related classroom instruction and 120 hours of unpaid-related instruction. First aid, CPR and a 10-hour OSHA safety course are required during the first 12 months of the contract.

    Working Conditions

    A carpenter’s work is active and sometimes strenuous. Prolonged standing, climbing and squatting are often necessary. Routine uses of safety equipment such as hard hats and safety goggles usually protect carpenters from the hazards of construction sites.

    Tools And Equipment

    Carpenters may need to purchase such tools as a hammer, rule, framing square, hand saw and other hand tools. Construction companies usually provide the necessary power tools.

    Approximate Costs

    • $132.20 per credit (resident)
    • $198.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Program Outcomes

    • Explore trade options.
    • Practice construction safety.
    • Operate construction-related tools.
    • Interpret blueprints to construct projects.
    • Apply construction theory to related practices.
    • Demonstrate measurement and layout practices.
    • Identify construction materials and their applications.
    • Investigate and incorporate green and sustainable energy conservation practices.

    Career Opportunities

    • Building Production Sales
    • Cabinet Making
    • Commercial Carpenter
    • Construction Carpentry
    • Estimator
    • Furniture Maker
    • Instructor
    • Pile Driver
    • Remodeler
    • Residential Carpenter
    • Retail Sales
    • Supervisor

    Admission Process

    • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
    • Obtain a job in the trade or profession you would like to apprentice.   
    • Obtain an employer who is willing to sponsor you.   
    • Complete an apprentice and employer application.   
    • Applications for ABC (Associated Builders & Contractors) are available at or call 800-829-9926.   
    • Applications for this trade are available from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) at 608-266-3135.   
    • Upon completion of the applications, a contract will be issued. The technical college will then notify you when classes will begin.   
    • Must be 18 years old.   
    • An Aptitude or ACCUPLACER test is required.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.


     Number Title HrsCrs
    Year 1   
    410-531ABC Carpentry 1722
    410-532ABC Carpentry 2722
     Year 2   
    410-533ABC Carpentry 3722
    410-534ABC Carpentry 4722
     Year 3   
    410-535ABC Carpentry 5722
    410-536ABC Carpentry 6722
     Year 4   
    410-537ABC Carpentry 7722
    410-538ABC Carpentry 8722

    Required state paid instruction hours - 576

    Suggested Related Electives (unpaid related)
                   Hours and credits for each course may vary.
    410-302Advanced Roof Framing361
    410-304Cabinet Making361
    410-305Advanced Stair Construction361
    410-306Wisconsin Uniform  Dwelling Code361
    410-307Construction Measurement and Layout361
    410-311Construction Trades Blueprint Reading361
    410-406Your Role in the Green Environment12.3
    410-456Rigging for Building Trades18.45
    413-500*OSHA 1012.50
    442-322Welding for Apprentices361
    455-455*Transition to Trainer, Your Role as a Journeyworker8.20
    531-465*Heartsaver First Aid/CPR7.20

    Other unpaid-related courses may be taken with the approval of the Advisory Committee.


    For apprenticeship application information, please contact a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Representative at 920-693-1102.


    Academic Planner

    Current students, please see your Advisor for your academic planner.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.