Job requirements Carpenter in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a carpenter in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Carpenters (NOC 72310).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in carpentry is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for carpenters is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
  • Trade certification for framers is available, but voluntary, in Saskatchewan.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified carpenters upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated and contact the regulatory authority to learn about the certification process.

British Columbia

Job title Carpenter
Regulatory body: Skilled Trades BC


Job title Carpenters
Regulatory body: Apprenticeship Manitoba

Nova Scotia

Job title Carpenter


Job title General Carpenter
Regulatory body: Ontario College of Trades
Job title Wooden Boat Rebuilder
Regulatory body: Ontario College of Trades


Job title Carpenter


Job title Carpenter
Job title Carpentry Framer
Job title Carpentry Scaffolder

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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