Question by  CraftyKate (13)

How do you become a carpenter?

I am good with wood and would like to investigate a career change.


Answer by  eilrol (1431)

First and foremost you must be good at math and be ready for physical work. Try taking courses like math, mechanical drawing, blueprint reading.


Answer by  AndersL (71)

It depends on where you live. If you live in a place where unions are strong, the only way to become a carpenter may be through apprenticing with a union carpenter and working your way up to journeyman or master. In less union friendly areas, apprenticeship is not necessary and you can learn on the job.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

Carpentry is often supported by a trade union; find out about apprenticeships there. And you may need to be licensed and bonded (insured) in case something you build is defective.


Answer by  tamkees (3203)

Assuming you already have a high school diploma, your next step is to decide whether you want to be a general contractor (basic builder) or a detail carpenter (finishing touches). Most training is on-the-job via apprenticeship, so your best bet is to contact your local carpenter's union and find out how to secure an apprentice position.


Answer by  Danie (993)

You should look into who is a carpenter in your area and see if someone can let you shadow them to learn the daily tasks involved with being a carpenter. Then you can begin to see if this is a career that is really right for you. You can look online for tips as well. Good luck to you.

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