CDT class probably made you fall in love with working with tools, and for those of you not as long in the tooth as me, that’s Craft Design Technology! Some of you may simply have known it as Woodwork, and I’m sure now it has a far more modern title. This was the class that gave you the chance to make a table, chair or even a bird house. But now there are other things you need to learn if you want to pursue a carpentry career so the next generation need to ensure that after leaving school they go on to carpentry within further education.
There are many carpentry courses all across the country so you don’t have to move away from home. You should first check if it’s being offered in the nearby college. If there is a suitable course, find out what their curriculum covers. It should have subjects such as maths, estimation of costs of jobs, times and materials, use of equipment and tools as well as various techniques in carpentry.
Another thing you have to consider when you select a carpentry course is which career in carpentry you’re striving for. Is it to pursue a residential or commercial career in carpentry? The difference between the two is that you can start a residential carpentry career in less than half the time it will take to be a commercial carpenter because the latter requires more skills and even certification.
For those who are not sure yet what they want to do, pick a course that offers both residential and commercial carpentry training. This will give you time to study how to install doors, frames, roofing systems, scaffolding and a host of other things, making you a well rounded professional.
If you’re already over 18, you should also consider how much the tuition is. Can you afford to study at college? If you can’t, don’t give up just yet because there may be an apprenticeship scheme that you can avail of.
Apart from colleges in the neighborhood, you can also enroll in relevant courses online. You get to learn the same things as though you are in the classroom and at the end, you also get certification upon successful completion.
If the course and the finances are not an issue, the only thing you have to worry about now is the success rate of people who graduated from the course in finding a job. Some of the colleges may not have a job placement program which means you have to look for one yourself. Others are more helpful because they have tie ups with carpenter contractors or with the various carpentry associations.
Once you have all the information, try to narrow down your options to at least 2 or 3 colleges or courses. You can then review what each one can offer to students and which of these is favorable to you. From there, all you have to do now is enroll and be willing to accept the training they are giving you.
As with most trades, you don’t get a bachelor’s degree in carpentry when you finish a course given by a college. However, what you have in your hand is a certificate of completion which makes you someone qualified to work in that profession. Don’t under estimate the value of that…
What you do after you obtain your certificate is up to you. If you want to work right away, find employment as an apprentice or a junior. To further enhance your skills, it may be a good idea to pursue further higher education so you can work in a specialized field in carpentry. If you want to be your own boss, then start your own carpentry contractor business but remember to price fairly and according to your own level of skill and experience.
You have a lot of options and going to school is just the first step when you decide to pursue a carpentry career.