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Carpentry (DVS)


The Carpentry program prepares students to practise the trade of carpenter in different sectors, mostly in residential, institutional and commercial construction and in civil engineering and road works. Carpenters carry out a variety of tasks, such as laying out projects and buildings; pouring concrete footings, foundations and walls; making concrete columns, slabs, beams and stairs; building wood or metal floors and walls; building roofs; setting up scaffolding and temporary structures; installing doors and windows; insulating building envelopes and various other building elements; building permanent and temporary divisions; finishing the interior and exterior of a building; building wood stairs; installing modular furniture; and coordinating, analyzing, collecting, calculating and comparing data, particularly when establishing an estimate for repairs or remodelling. They are also required to develop skills in communication, teamwork and interpersonal relationships with people outside the company. Finally they must adjust, control, handle and operate machinery and materials with precision.

Employments opportunities

As a carpenter, you could work in places such as:
  • Construction sites
  • Residential companies
  • Prefabricated homes companies
  • Commercial companies

Possible Specialization

Continuing education is always possible through the Commission de la construction du Québec:

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Carpentry program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:
  • Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent; OR
  • Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition of equivalent learning; OR
  • Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test and the course in language of instruction ENG-3070-3, or recognition of equivalent learning; OR
  • Persons having earned Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister and who will continue their general education courses concurrently with their vocational training in order to obtain the credits they are missing among the following: Secondary IV language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister
Program Content
Code Statement of the Competency Hours Credits
754-992 Health and Safety on Construction Sites 30 2
761-651 The Trade and the Training Process 15 1
761-665 Hand & portable electric tools 75 5
761-676 Drawings, Specifications and Sketches 90 6
761-683 Planning Calculations 45 3
761-694 Alignment and Levelling 60 4
761-703 Scaffolding, Lifting and Handling 45 3
761-716 Furniture and Accessories 90 6
761-727 Footing and Wall Forms 105 7
761-732 Deep Foundations 30 2
761-747 Columns, Beams and Slabs 105 7
761-754 Floor Framing 60 4
761-766 Wall Framing 90 6
761-777 Roofs 105 7
761-783 Insulation, Soundproofing and Ventilation 45 3
761-797 Exterior Finishing 105 7
761-808 Interior Finishing 120 8
761-818 Stairs 120 8
761-821 Entering the Workforce 15 1

Total : 1350 hours

Loans and Bursaries are available from the MELS.

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