ABC Carpentry Apprenticeship

Program Number: 50-410-9
School Year: 2020-2021
Campus: West Bend
This program is NOT eligible for financial aid

Receive on-the-job training and master your craft alongside skilled carpenters with the ABC Carpentry Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park Technical College.

About the Program

Prepare for an active and diverse carpentry career with MPTC's apprenticeship program. Apprentices gain hands-on classroom instruction and on-the-job training to learn carpentry skills in both indoor and outdoor settings. During the apprenticeship program, participants work alongside journeyman carpenters on residential, commercial and industrial projects.

 What You'll Learn

Apprentices learn the basics of construction safety, how to read blueprints and get an introduction to green and sustainable energy conservation practices. A carpenter's work is strenuous and physically demanding. Common tasks include concrete forming as well as wood and metal framing of structures. Prolonged standing, climbing and squatting are often necessary. 

Application Information
Application Requirements
Training Period
Working Conditions
Tools & Equipment
Approximate Costs
Program Outcomes
Career Opportunities
Admission Process
Transfer Opportunities
Additional Information
Application Information

Application information available at: Associated Builders & Contractors, 1-800-829-9926 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 & 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
  • $136.50 per credit (resident)
  • $204.75 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

Apprentice students do not complete standard admissions with Moraine Park. Interested students should contact:

Tim Budda, Apprenticeship Training Representative

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

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    Year 1
    410-531ABC Carpentry 12
    410-532ABC Carpentry 22
    Total 4
    Year 2
    410-533ABC Carpentry 32
    410-534ABC Carpentry 42
    Total 4
    Year 3
    410-535ABC Carpentry 52
    410-536ABC Carpentry 62
    Total 4
    Year 4
    410-537ABC Carpentry 72
    410-538ABC Carpentry 82
    Required state paid instruction hours - 576
    Total 4
    Suggested Related Electives (Unpaid Related)
    Hours and credits for each course may vary.
    410-302Advanced Roof Framing.2 to 1
    410-304Cabinet Making.2 to 1
    410-305Advanced Stair Construction.2 to 1
    410-306Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code.2 to 1
    410-307Construction Measurement and Layout1
    410-311Construction Trades Blueprint Reading.2 to 1
    410-406Your Role in the Green Environment.2 to .3
    410-456Rigging for Building Trades.45
    413-500Required - OSHA 10.50
    413-500OSHA 10.50
    442-322Welding for Apprentices1
    455-455Required - Transition to Trainer, Your Role as a Journeyworker.2
    531-465Required - Heartsaver First Aid/CPR.15
    Other unpaid-related courses may be taken with the approval of the Advisory Committee.
    Total N/A
    Total Credits16