Carpentry Apprenticeship Program Coming Fall 2022!

The Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (CAP) at Roger Williams University (RWU) satisfies the State of Rhode Island requirements for hours, content, and assessment. All instructional spaces and practices are conducted in facilities and environments that are in compliance with current OSHA and RWU standards. We are the only higher education institution in the state offering a Carpentry Apprenticeship Program.

The RWU Carpentry Apprenticeship Program is unique and will assure the student is prepared for their next steps to enter the workforce at a higher level. As an additional bonus, students will earn college credits which can be used for further education at University College through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA.)

A person works on a projectProgram Goals and Objectives

The four year Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (CAP) offers a high quality program that meets the needs of the local construction industry and is accessible to students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. Graduates of the program will be well-positioned to gain steady employment in the construction industry as a qualified journeyperson carpenter.

Program Entry Requirements

The following requirements must be met before acceptance into the program:

Be at least 18 years old and legally authorized to work in the U.S.
Have a High School Diploma, G.E.D., or High School equivalency Degree (H.S.E.D)
Be able to pass a drug test 
Meet the physical and performance demands of the job 

During your first year as a Carpentry Apprentice, you must complete:

1. First Aid/CPR (4 hours)  -  More details to come!

2. OSHA Construction 30 Hour (30 hours) - OSHA 30 training approved and recommended sites:

A student and teacher work on a projectProgram details

Classes meet:
Wednesdays & Thursdays
6-9 p.m.
University College / Providence Campus, 1 Empire Plaza, Providence RI 02903

Lab Class meets:
See times on Fall 2021 Schedule below

The School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management (SECCM) / SLEB 104, Bristol Campus, 1 Old Ferry Road 02809

Explore the Bristol Campus Labs  here!

Cost: $1950
Semester fee: $70

This program combines on-the-job training with classroom/lab instruction. 
Students must complete a total of 688 classroom instructional hours (172 hours per year)
Students must complete a minimum of 6,000 on the job working hours.

Upon successful completion of the RWU Carpentry Apprenticeship Program, a participant is eligible to have the coursework transcribed for 21 college credits. A successful participant must apply and be accepted to University College | RWU as a matriculating student and successfully complete one semester prior to the credit being transcribed.  

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Book Details

Carpentry L1 5/e

Carpentry L2 5/e

Carpentry L3 5/e

Carpentry L4 5/e

Probationary Period

The probationary period for all participants shall be one year from entry into the program. At the end of the probationary period, the PD, in consultation with the apprenticeship committee, will make a determination of ongoing participation in the program and notify in writing of said decision to include the rationale. 

Wage Scale

All working apprentices are eligible to be in paid apprenticeship placements, typically according to this wage-scale structure (estimated):

Year 1    45% of journeyperson rate
Year 2    60% of journeyperson rate
Year 3    75% of journeyperson rate
Year 4    90% of journeyperson rate

Apprenticeship Training Committee

The apprenticeship training committee consists of  construction contractors who best represent a cross section of the industry and plan on having employees enrolled in the program. 

Bentley Builders LLCAdam Bernier
Pariseault Builders  Paul Tancrell
D.F. Pray Ron Laprise
C.E. Floyd ConstructionPeter Doucet ’01

Course outline

The goal is to prepare students in the program for working as a journeyperson carpenter and to align the curriculum with the challenges and activities typically associated with carpenter tasks on construction projects. 

Classroom instruction will take place at the Providence and Bristol campuses and will be taught by experienced journeyperson carpenters either working in the industry or recently retired with augmentation by some construction management program faculty in specific areas of expertise.

Competency Measurement/Program Assessment

The program will measure skills acquisition thru a combination of written and hands-on proficiency assessments. Data collected from the assessments will be utilized for overall program assessment and be plugged into the program quality improvement plan.

Code    Competencies     
1.0    First Aid/CPR    (8 hours)                               
1.1    OSHA 30 Hour    (30 hours)                               
2.0    Aerial Lift Training    (8 hours)                               
2.1    Forklift Training    (8 hours)                                
3.0    Rigging    (8 hours)                                 
3.1    Scaffolding and Staging Erection    (12 hours)                               
3.2    Fall protection    (8 hours)                                 
4.0    Wood framing: floors and walls    (40 hours)                                 
4.1    Roof framing and trusses    (40 hours)                                 
4.2    Overhang-soffit framing    (16 hours)                                 
4.3    Stair layout and construction    (16 hours)                              
4.4    Roof shingles and flashing    (12 hours)                                 
4.5    Exterior Finishes    (16 hours)                                
4.6    Timber framing    (32 hours)                              
4.7    Doors, frames, hardware, & windows    (24 hours)                              
4.8    Suspended ceilings    (8 hours)                                 
4.9    Interior trim and millwork    (24 hours)                               
5.0    Insulation    (8 hours)                              
5.1    Fire-stopping    (4 hours)                            
6.0    Light-gauge metal framing    (16 hours)                             
6.1    Drywall-tape-finish    (8 hours)                              
7.0    Concrete forming systems    (40 hours)                                
7.1    Concrete mix design, testing, and placement    (16 hours)                               
7.2    Concrete reinforcement    (4 hours)                                
7.3    Welding   (8 hours)                             
8.0    Drawings and specifications    (16 hours)                               
8.1    Building Information Modeling (BIM)    (26 hours)                               
8.2    Planning and scheduling    (16 hours)                              
8.3    Contract documents & construction law    (16 hours)                             
8.4    Green building and sustainable construction    (8 hours)                               
8.4    Surveying and building layout    (48 hours)                              
8.5    Productivity and cost management    (16 hours)                              
8.6    Risk Management and problem solving    (16 hours)                            
8.7    Communication-correspondence-documentation    (16 hours)                             
9.0    Construction software and technology    (24 hours)                               
10.0    Supervisor training    (16  hours)                             
10.1    Stepping up to be foreman   (32  hours)                              
11.0    Math for the trades    (24 hours)                              
Total:  688 hours
Notes to Table
-    Topics may be shifted between semesters based on the needs of the program

Stair Layout & ConstructionBristolSELLB 104 10/16/20218:00-12:00 pm Emmer4
Stair Layout & ConstructionBristolSELLB 104 10/23/2021 8:00-12:00 pm Emmer4
Stair Layout & ConstructionBristolSELLB 104 10/30/20218:00-12:00 pm Emmer4
Stair Layout & ConstructionBristolSELLB 104 11/6//20218:00-12:00 pm Emmer4
WeldingBristol SELLB 104TBD 8:00-4:30 pm Staff8
Drawings & SpecificationsPVDTBD 11/4/20216:00-9:00 pmStaff3
Drawings & SpecificationsPVDTBD 11/11/20216:00-9:00 pmStaff3
Drawings & SpecificationsPVDTBD 11/18/20216:00-9:00 pmStaff3
Drawings & SpecificationsPVDTBD 12/2/20216:00-9:00 pmStaff3
Math for the TradesPVD TBD10/13/2021 6:00-9:00 pm Emmer3
Math for the TradesPVD TBD10/20/2021 6:00-9:00 pm Emmer3
Math for the TradesPVD TBD10/27/2021 6:00-9:00 pm Emmer3
Math for the TradesPVD TBD11/3/2021 6:00-9:00 pm Emmer3


Program Director / Instructor

image of Dr. Michael EmmerDr. Michael Emmer received his B.S. in Construction Management, Suma Cum Laude, from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston in 2002, his M.S. in Construction Science and Management from Clemson University in South Carolina in 2004 and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction, and Planning in Gainesville in 2009. His areas of research and interest are sustainable construction with a focus in material extraction/reuse and deconstruction, estimating, and is also active in promoting and exploring owner training and productivity in the AEC industry. He has been teaching full-time for over ten years and before that worked in the construction industry for over 25 years in a variety of positions to include laborer, carpenter, carpenter foreman, superintendent, project manager, and owner’s representative.
Dr. Emmer is a member of the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) as a trustee, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), United States Green Building Council (USGBC), City of Attleboro Planning Board & Historical Commission, Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE), and Housing Works of Rhode Island (HWRI) board of directors.


For More Information or Questions Contact:

Allegra Brosco