The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. This is a core and options apprenticeship, with two pathways:

Pathway 1: A Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and fixing building components, from the initial erection of a new building, through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities.

Pathway 2: An Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop producing timber based building components and other architectural products, such as doors, windows, units and staircases, which are then transported to construction sites to be installed by site carpenters.

Training Programme

Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues; Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed; Move, handle and store resources, such as materials and timber components, complying with relevant legislation & guidance; Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers; Select the required materials to carry out the work, such as correct timber, tools and fixings; Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out their work; Understand the principles of health, safety and welfare and how these are applied in the workplace; Understand how to communicate with others and comply with instructions and directions.

Typical Duration

24 Months




1 Day Block Release and Workplace Assessments

Assessment Methods

The end-point assessment will consist of:

  • A knowledge assessment (short written test)
  • A practical skills assessment (skills test)

Job Sectors

  • Bench Joiner
  • Site Carpenter
  • Shopfitters
  • Formwork Carpenters