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Carpentry and Joinery

Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship Standard Level 3

  • Course Type: Apprenticeship

What can this course lead to?

After completing this Apprenticeship you will gain a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations. The achievement of this standard will meet the requirements of the Construction Skill Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Skilled Worker’ standard, which is widely recognised as a ‘licence to operate’ in a skills construction industry.

Candidates also have the opportunities to continue to work within the carpentry industry, gain promotion or start their own business.

Who is it for?

Please only apply for this Apprenticeship Course if you already have a suitable employer. If you haven’t already got an employer you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies here

Do you have a Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery qualification and relevant work experience?
Are you looking to develop your skills further?
Would you like to progress your existing Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship? 

The occupation involves carrying out advanced skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. The advanced carpenter is able to undertake complex job tasks, requiring high levels of practical skills and knowledge, in addition to managing their own work and leading small teams.

You can apply for an Apprenticeship if you are living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply.

You must be in paid employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship course, you cannot be self-employed or a volunteer. Employers must pay you the minimum Apprenticeship wage or more, for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

What is covered?

On this Apprenticeship you will the covers skills, knowledge and behaviours required for advanced site carpentry and joinery.

     •  Understand the technical principles of advanced site carpentry, such as effective and appropriate installation practices, being able to apply this knowledge in preparing and fixing complex, non-standard timber based products and components, such as erecting inclined roofs, making, assembling and erecting complex roof structures, including hip and dormer cut roofs, maintaining and repairing non-standard joinery products.
     •  Understand how to carry out advanced calculations and work out cutting angles for complex carpentry work such as using a roofing square to calculate roof spar lengths and using a sliding bevel to mark out splayed joints.
     •  Understand how to form complex joints associated with advanced site carpentry work, such as splayed and plumb.

     •  Utilise a range of advanced trade skills which allow them to carry out complex carpentry work to highly skilled standards and tolerances, to include measuring, marking out, fitting, cutting, splicing, finishing, positioning and securing.
     •  Install complex and non-standard doors and window frames, shaped door and hatch linings, partitions with openings and changes of direction and staircases with turns.
     •  Install accessible service encasements, bespoke wall/ floor units and fitments, panelling and stair components (e.g. balustrades, handrails and spindles with turns).
     •  Erect inclined roofs with gables, roof verges and eaves, including finishing’s, joists and roof coverings.
     •  Repair and or replace frames, mouldings, floor or flat roof joist coverings, door and window ironmongery, window components, structural joists and rafters, window components, guttering and downpipes.

     •  Effective communication, team working and leadership.
     •  Independent working and adaptability.
     •  Logical thinking.
     •  Working effectively and time management.

On completion of this course you should be able to work in the capacity of a fully trained artisan, and supervise lower grade tradesmen and in addition you will be able to:
     •  Instruct in carpentry and woodcutting machinery
     •  Estimate and cost in relation to trade
     •  Read and interpret scale working drawings
     •  Plan and progress work
Apprentices are expected to attend college 1 day a week as part of their 20% off-the-job training. Additional off-the-job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace.

Please note you may also be asked to complete Maths and English as part of your Apprenticeship programme.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Entry requirements of GCSEs at grade C/3 and above including Maths and English or an equivalent functional skills qualification. You will also be required to have completed a Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship or equivalent qualification.

Please note you may also be asked to completed Maths and English qualifications as part of your Apprenticeship programme.
You will also need a suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship. We strongly advise that you complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with your chosen employer to ensure the construction industry is right for you.

If you do not currently have an employer, you can apply for Apprenticeship Vacancies are advertised on our website –

Please only apply for this Apprenticeship course if you already have an employer.

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code



27 months

Full-time courses are fully funded for 16 to 18-year-olds. For age 19+, various funding options are available.


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