ABC Carpentry Apprenticeship

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Program Number: 50-410-9
Campus: West Bend
This program is NOT eligible for financial aid

Receive on-the-job training and master your craft alongside skilled carpenters with the ABC Carpentry Apprenticeship program at Moraine Park Technical College.

About the Program

Prepare for an active and diverse carpentry career with MPTC's apprenticeship program. Apprentices gain hands-on classroom instruction and on-the-job training to learn carpentry skills in both indoor and outdoor settings. During the apprenticeship program, participants work alongside journeyman carpenters on residential, commercial and industrial projects.

What You'll Learn

Apprentices learn the basics of construction safety, how to read blueprints, and receive an introduction to green and sustainable energy conservation practices. A carpenter's work is strenuous and physically demanding. Common tasks include concrete forming as well as wood and metal framing of structures. Prolonged standing, climbing and squatting are often necessary.

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Application Information

Application information available at: Associated Builders & Contractors, 800-829-9926 or 608-244-6056; e-mail Applications available online at

Application Requirements

Application information available at: Associated Builders & Contractors, 800-829-9926 or 608-244-6056; e-mail Start the application process online at

  • Apprenticeship application  
  • Employer application (if sponsored)
  • EEOC Supplemental Information Form
  • High school verification:
    • Transcripts with graduation date listed, or
    • Copy of high school diploma, or
    • GED/HSED certificate, or
    • Graduating senior: verification that you are on track to graduate, or
    • Homeschool PI – 1206 form verification for each year completed
  • Copy of driver’s license or letter verifying transportation means to get to work and school
  • Test results (Accuplacer or TABE)
    • ACCUPLACER tests are given at Moraine Park testing centers. Call (920-924-3207 or 1-800-472-4554) for ACCUPLACER test appointment scheduling.  Testing is available at Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac or the West Bend campus. 
  • Algebra verification

Admission Process

Apprentice students do not complete standard admissions with Moraine Park. Interested students should contact:

Cheyenne Foster
Apprenticeship Manager – ABC of WI
5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI, 53718
O (608) 244-6056

Approximate Costs



  • $149.50 per credit (resident)
  • $224.25 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science

  • $188.90 per credit (resident)
  • $283.35 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Student Fees

  • $5.00 minimum per course Material Fee
  • $13.45 per-credit Supplemental Fee for Undergraduate courses
  • $4.50 per term mandatory Student Accident Insurance Fee

Please refer to Tuition & Fee Information for additional enrollment fee information.

Training Period

The apprenticeship consists of four years of not less than 6,416 hours, in which a minimum of 576 hours is spent in paid-related classroom instruction and 120 hours of unpaid-related instruction. First aid, CPR and a 10-hour OSHA safety course are required during the first 12 months of the contract.

Working Conditions

A carpenter’s work is active and sometimes strenuous. Prolonged standing, climbing and squatting are often necessary. Routine uses of safety equipment such as hard hats and safety goggles usually protect carpenters from the hazards of construction sites.

Tools and Equipment

Carpenters may need to purchase such tools as a hammer, rule, framing square, hand saw and other hand tools. Construction companies usually provide the necessary power tools.

 Course Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credits
410-531 ABC Carpentry 1 2
410-532 ABC Carpentry 2 2
Year 2
410-533 ABC Carpentry 3 2
410-534 ABC Carpentry 4 2
Year 3
410-535 ABC Carpentry 5 2
410-536 ABC Carpentry 6 2
Year 4
410-537 ABC Carpentry 7 2
410-538 ABC Carpentry 8 2
 Total Credits16

Required state paid instruction hours = 576

This apprenticeship program requires Related Electives. Please contact your Apprenticeship Coordinator for courses.

Program Outcomes

  • Explore trade options.
  • Practice construction safety.
  • Operate construction-related tools.
  • Interpret blueprints to construct projects.
  • Apply construction theory to related practices.
  • Demonstrate measurement and layout practices.
  • Identify construction materials and their applications.
  • Investigate and incorporate green and sustainable energy conservation practices.

Career Opportunities

  • Building Production Sales
  • Cabinet Making
  • Commercial Carpenter
  • Construction Carpentry
  • Estimator
  • Furniture Maker
  • Instructor
  • Pile Driver
  • Remodeler
  • Residential Carpenter
  • Retail Sales
  • Supervisor