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ABC Carpentry Apprenticeship


Program Number: 50-410-9
School Year: 2018-2019
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 info@abcwi.org. Applications available online at www.abcwi.org/apprenticeship.

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

  • $134.20 per credit (resident)
  • $201.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Fees shown are 2017-2018 fees; 2018-2019 fees will be available as soon as they are approved.
  • 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 info@abcwi.org 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  Hrs Crs
Year 1      
410-531 ABC Carpentry 1 72 2
410-532 ABC Carpentry 2 72 2
 Year 2      
410-533 ABC Carpentry 3 72 2
410-534 ABC Carpentry 4 72 2
 Year 3      
410-535 ABC Carpentry 5 72 2
410-536 ABC Carpentry 6 72 2
 Year 4      
410-537 ABC Carpentry 7 72 2
410-538 ABC Carpentry 8 72 2
   Total 576 16

Required state paid instruction hours - 576

Suggested Related Electives (unpaid related)
               Hours and credits for each course may vary.
410-302 Advanced Roof Framing 36 1
410-304 Cabinet Making 36 1
410-305 Advanced Stair Construction 36 1
410-306 Wisconsin Uniform  Dwelling Code 36 1
410-307 Construction Measurement and Layout 36 1
410-311 Construction Trades Blueprint Reading 36 1
410-406 Your Role in the Green Environment 12 .3
410-456 Rigging for Building Trades 18 .45
413-500 *OSHA 10 12 .50
442-322 Welding for Apprentices 36 1
455-455 *Transition to Trainer, Your Role as a Journeyworker 8 .20
531-465 *Heartsaver First Aid/CPR 7 .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.


Program Guide

For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

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.