The four-year Carpentry Apprenticeship is a high-quality program that meets the needs of the local construction industry, combines on-the-job training with classroom/lab instruction, and is accessible to students from diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. Graduates will be well-positioned to gain steady employment in the construction industry as a qualified journeyperson carpenter.


In Person


Oct. 13, 2021 - May 2022

Classes meet: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. 
Providence Campus

Lab Class meets: Saturdays, School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management
Bristol Campus

Time Commitment

During this four-year program, students must complete a total of 688 classroom instructional hours – that's 172 hours per year over 30 weeks.

Students must complete a minimum of 6,000 on-the-job working hours.


Cost: $1,950 per year


Semester Fee: $70

Out-of-pocket costs apply for books, tools and instructional materials.

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Program Goals and Objectives

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.)

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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 United States
  • 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 
Prior to starting class, participants must complete:
  • First Aid/CPR (4 hours)                               
  • OSHA 30 Hour (30 hours)    

OSHA 30 training approved and recommended sites:

A student and teacher work on a projectWage 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 LLCPaul Tierney
Pariseault BuildersKyle Lloyd
D.F. PrayScott Pray
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 University College and Bristol campuses and will be taught by experienced journeyman carpenters either working in the industry or recently retired with augmentation by some construction management program faculty in specific areas of expertise.

Program details

Start Date: October 13, 2021

New Student Orientation: October 12, 2021

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

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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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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

A person works on a project

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.

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 Program Director, in consultation with the Apprenticeship Committee, will make a determination of ongoing participation and notify the participant in writing. 


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.

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