28 December, 2013

Journeyman Carpenter

If I built houses for 2 yrs would I be an Apprentice carpenter then. What I found out was – Tradesmen in countries such as Germany are required to fulfill a formal apprenticeship (usually three years) to work as a professional carpenter. Upon graduation from the apprenticeship, he or she is known as a journeyman carpenter. Up through the 19th and even the early 20th century, the journeyman traveled to another region of the country to learn the building styles and techniques of that area before (usually) returning home. In modern times, journeymen are not required to travel, and the term refers more to a level of proficiency and skill. Union carpenters in the United States are required to pass a skills test to be granted official journeyman status, but uncertified professional carpenters may be known as journeymen based on their skill level, years of experience, or simply because they support themselves in the trade, and not due to any certification or formal woodworking education.

Our students liked what they heard from a St. Louis YouthBuild graduate and now journeyman carpenter (for 4 years)

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  1. Harpy December 24, 2013 at 12:50 am #
    An apprentice goes through a formal training program while they work under a Journeyman carpenter. . . . . Goes that way for most union careers. A journeyman in any field is an expert, an apprentice is in training.
  2. Kayson December 24, 2013 at 5:06 am #
    Depends on what kind of training program you were working with. Usually to be a journeyman you have to spend four years as an apprentice working under a qualified journeyman while he does an approved training program for you. If you are trying to be a union carpenter you will have to have documented training to prove you have served your apprenticeship.