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Become a carpenter

With our fast-track carpentry and joinery courses, you can pursue a lucrative carpentry career that will provide you with job satisfaction as well as financial stability. No prior carpentry or joinery experience necessary!

Essential Carpentry Course

Become competent in carpentry with this foundation-level course.

Here are some examples of what you’ll learn on our Essential training programme…
  • Cutting and fitting dado rails, architraves, skirtings and doorstops
  • How to erect stud walls
  • How to fit a door lining / frame
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Professional Carpentry Course

Get qualified and start building your reputation as a high-quality carpenter!

This course covers many different areas and types of carpentry work, including:
  • Fixing flooring and roofing
  • Laying floor joists
  • Fixing joist coverings
  • Installing service encasements
  • Installing cladding
  • Installing kitchen worktops and fittings
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DIY Carpentry Course

Learn how to complete a variety of DIY projects at home!

Course content includes:
  • Using hand tools
  • Cutting basic joints
  • Hanging doors and fitting locks
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Carpenter Salary Range

Entry-level carpenter in London
Average salary for a carpenter in London
Salary for an experienced carpenter in London

Are carpenters in demand?

Carpenters are in short supply right now, with nearly two thirds (64%) of construction SMEs struggling to hire carpenters. Carpentry is now the trade in shortest supply for the first time in a while, and naturally these shortages are resulting in carpenters demanding higher wages.

The ongoing skills shortage is continuing to bite, with carpenters overtaking bricklayers as the most in-demand tradespeople. More broadly, thousands more skilled workers are needed to meet demand for the construction industry which is a key part of the UK economy, but the number of skilled tradespeople available to carry out the work is on the decline post-Brexit.

Recently, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) estimated that 230,000 new skilled workers would be needed to meet demand for new infrastructure and housing projects in the UK. More recently still, the FMB’s latest State of the Trade Survey found that 40% of construction trades are experiencing their highest shortage of skills since the gap began in 2013.

So now might be the best time to become a carpenter.
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Job description – what’s it like being a carpenter?

Carpentry is one of the world’s oldest professions, and to this day it is a highly respected trade that is constantly in high demand.

As a modern-day carpenter, you could specialise in installing doors, floors and furniture in new builds, renovating or refitting existing structures, fitting kitchens, building sets for film and theatre companies and much more.
A carpenter’s role typically includes the following jobs:
  • Measuring, marking up, cutting, shaping, fitting and finishing timber
  • Installing floor joists, floorboards, roof trusses and wall partitions
  • Fitting interiors such as staircases, doors, skirting boards, cupboards and kitchens
  • Drawing and working with technical drawings
  • Gaining knowledge of different types of wood and their uses
  • Working in residential or commercial buildings
  • Restoring historical buildings
While a joiner would typically work in a workshop and create items using machinery, carpenters are more dynamic, moving from one project to the next in houses or businesses, assembling kitchens, fitting stairways, hanging doors or building stud walls and so on.

How to become a carpenter

Gaining a professional qualification is a vital step if you want to become a carpenter. No previous experience is necessary to enrol on one of our fast-track carpentry courses.

To become a carpenter, you would traditionally have had to attend a college course for up to 3 years, slowly learning a range of carpentry skills. The modern way is to learn the necessary skills in a much shorter time frame on an intensive training course. Our carpentry courses combine practical and live online teaching to give you the carpentry qualifications and experience you’ll need to be able to carry out various carpentry jobs.

We have designed a series of carpentry courses that are suitable for people with little or no prior carpentry knowledge. Our training will allow you to learn the foundations of carpentry and get a Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry. You can then opt to move on to the NVQ Level 2 Certification, allowing you to prove your skills to employers and clients alike.

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How much can I earn as a carpenter?

Holding a recognised qualification the City & Guilds is required to get you recognised as a carpenter, and it is encouraged that you attend a Level 2 Diploma and progress onto a Level 2 NVQ to assess and recognise your skills and knowledge. The result is that carpenters earn an average annual salary of £41k, which is more than a certified accountant.

Carpentry career options

If you’re considering a carpentry career, you should talk to us to see if this trade feels like a good fit for you. There are so many options for your post-training career path, including the route that is very common for carpenters: setting up your own businesses.

Training as a carpenter has the potential to open all sorts of different doors. You could develop a talent for a specific type of carpentry (kitchen fitting, for example), market yourself as a specialist in that field, and become your own boss. Of course, you could also establish a general carpentry business, for various types of construction, renovation, and restoration work.

If you like the sound of what you’ve read so far and want to learn more about starting your own carpentry career, give us a call on 0800 345 7492 to get the ball rolling.

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Why become a carpenter?

  • Rewarding, varied work
  • Opportunities to earn a great wage
  • Enjoyment and satisfaction
  • Build a future that you can be proud of
  • Fast track to a new career path
And if you aren’t looking to turn professional, we also offer short carpentry classes that teach a variety of useful DIY skills, allowing you to complete a variety of tasks around the house and save money on calling in the professionals. Whatever goal you have in mind, our carpentry and joinery courses can help you to achieve it!
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Carpentry Courses for Mature Adult Learners

Access Training’s carpentry courses are accessible and open to adults of all ages, regardless of background. We offer full-time and part-time joinery training programmes, and you can choose to learn on weekdays or weekends – whether you need to work around your current job or you’re simply looking to learn your new trade in the shortest possible timeframe, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Why choose our carpenter courses?

Our tutors are qualified tradespeople with years of professional experience in their respective fields
We aim to ensure that all learners get plenty of contact time with their tutors
Continuous learner support, even once you’ve completed your carpentry course
Flexible training programmes (including full and part time, weekdays and weekends)

Already an experienced carpenter?

Our carpentry courses aren’t just for beginners! We also offer a range of joinery training programmes for individuals with some carpentry experience already under their belts – whether you need to refresh your knowledge, update your techniques, or retrain and expand your skillset into new areas, we at Access Training Academies are the people to call.Contact Us

Carpentry & Joinery FAQs

How much does a carpentry course cost?

Prices vary depending on which course you choose and what you wish to achieve. Give the Access Training team a call on 0800 345 7492 to discuss training costs.

How long will my carpentry course last?

Our carpentry and joinery courses are very flexible – whether you want to get qualified ASAP or you’re only able to visit our training centre on weekends, we can deliver a course to suit your needs. Contact us now to discuss your training requirements with a course advisor.

What carpentry qualifications can I gain with Access Training?

You can earn your Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry on our Professional Carpentry Course. This is an industry-recognised carpentry qualification that’s ideal for those looking to turn professional. If you just want to learn carpentry and you’re not interested in working towards a formal qualification, our Essential Carpentry Course may be a better fit for you.

What carpentry and joinery skills will I learn?

Depending on which course you choose, our carpentry tutors can teach you how to:
  • Use a variety of tools and materials correctly
  • Cut basic joints
  • Hang doors
  • Fit skirting and architraves
  • Erect stud walls
  • Fit locks and door hardware
  • Lay floor joists

Will I be able to pursue a career in carpentry?

Yes – if you want to become a carpenter, we strongly recommend our Professional Carpentry Course. This training programme is designed to teach you a wide range of skills and help you earn your Level 2 Diploma. This is a great place to start if you’re serious about a career in carpentry and joinery.

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