Guide to Carpentry Qualifications

To become a carpenter you do not need any formal qualifications, however you are unlikely to get any work nowadays without having a recognised qualification such as a NVQ in carpentry.

Carpentry Qualifications

This qualification is recognised as the industry standard and will allow you to apply for jobs as a carpenter or become a self employed carpenter.

The City & Guilds Basic Construction Skills: Carpentry & Joinery (6217) course will train you up to the required standard to be able to pass the NVQ assessment.

Basic Level of requirements to become a Carpenter:

  • City & Guilds Basic Construction Skills: Carpentry & Joinery (6217)
  • Wood Occupations NVQ levels 1 – 3

You do not need any previous experience or qualifications to start on a course, all you need is enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn your chosen trade.

Intensive Carpentry Courses

You will learn everything you will need to enter the workplace as a fully qualified carpenter including:

building trade skills

  • Use hand tools such as chisels, planes etc.
  • Operating basic wood machines
  • Cut and fit dado rails, architraves, skirting’s and doorstops
  • Fit a door lining/frame
  • Fixing Skirting to a timber background
  • Fixing floor joists and laying flooring
  • Fixing door lining in stud partition or block work opening
  • Hanging an internal door
  • Making a casement window
  • Fixing and stabilizing trussed rafters

You gain the NVQ in carpentry when you are assess by a city & guilds examiner, who will observe your work and judge if you are up to the required standard.

By the time you have completed your carpentry course you should be more than capable of passing this examination.


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