Carpentry Apprentice (ABC)

Construction workers working on a newly built house

Program Overview

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Carpenters construct, erect and repair buildings and other structures made of wood, wood substitutes, steel and other materials. Topics covered during the Carpentry Apprenticeship (ABC) program include, but are not limited to: wood building materials, fasteners and adhesives; hand and power tools; floor systems; wall and ceiling framing; window and exterior doors; blueprint reading and elevations; site layouts; foundations and flat work; concrete and patented forms; reinforcing, handling and placing concrete; tilt up wall systems; exterior finish; roof framing and applications; thermal and moisture protection; stairs; framing with metal studs; drywall installation; interior finishes; metal building; and welding.

Cutting-Edge Industry Curriculum

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a respected leader in industry-training curriculum.

Earn While You Learn

Get paid on day one for on-the-job training and in-class instruction.

Jobs are Available...Now

In the next few years, the construction industry will need as many as two million new craft professionals to fill the jobs available. 

General Information, Requirements and Application Process

  • Application Process

    • To learn more about the steps to apply or to apply, visit the ABC of Wisconsin website

    • Complete Accuplacer Next Gen entrance assessment (individuals with valid ACT or Classic Accuplacer scores do not have to test)
    • Confirmation of admission from Northwood Tech's Academic Affairs Apprenticeship Office
    • For questions, contact Leigh Emrick (see contact information below)
    • Apprentice Application
    • Employer Application
  • Work Description

    • Construct, repair and remodel all aspects of commercial and residential construction - from concrete forms and building framework to exterior and interior finishing

    • Operate a wide range of professional power tools and precision measurement devices

    • Read and interpret prints and specification books to coordinate and schedule work with other trades

  • Terms of Apprenticeship

    • Four-year training program

    • 5,840 hours on-the-job training

    • 576 hours paid related instruction

  • Requirements

    • Must be at least 17 years of age, and must be a high school graduate or show documentation of equivalency.

    • Must be physically fit and able to perform all tasks of the trade with or without reasonable accommodation.

    • Must furnish proof of age if under 18 years of age.

    • Must meet the required ACT Math score of 15 and additional ACT scores as determined by each local committee. Applicants with insufficient ACT scores or without ACT scores must take and pass an assessment as determined by each local committee. Scores for all assessments will be accepted for no more than five years from the test date, except for individuals on active military deployment.

    • At the time of placement as an apprentice, all persons must possess a valid driver’s license or be able to prove ability to get to and from work and school.

For More Information

Contact Northwood Tech for information about the skilled occupations and industries in Northwest Wisconsin and advice about the requirements and application procedures. The College works closely with regional apprenticeship offices (located in Chippewa Falls, Wausau, Milwaukee, Appleton and Madison), business and industry, and local labor union offices.

Contact Information

Cheyenne Foster
Apprenticeship Manager
Associated Builders and Contractors
5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718

Eric Lockwood
Director, Apprenticeship and Academies
Northwood Technical College
715.246.6561 ext. 4297
Email Eric Lockwood


ABC of Wisconsin's flexible, affordable craft and safety training leads to industry-recognized, national credentials for today’s leading construction positions. Together, ABC of Wisconsin helps individuals train, transform and triumph as they pursue meaningful careers that advance their potential and build strong communities.

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