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Carpentry (Pre-Apprenticeship)

About the Program

The 15-week Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship program is held at Minuteman Technical Institute, the adult learning division of Minuteman High School in Lexington.

The 200-hour program provides participants with training in proper use of hand tools and equipment, framing, concrete work, project management, and more.

Training will take place in the Minuteman’s carpentry shop, at the Carpenter’s Training Centers in Dorchester and Millbury, and at other live sites in the area.

The instructors have many years of experience in construction and carpentry and are actively working in the field.

The MTI Carpentry program is held in collaboration with the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (NASRCC) and the North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund (NASCTF).

Career Prospects

The construction sector in the Boston area gained 25,200 jobs over the past year. Significant job gains were also recorded in the other services and manufacturing sectors, up 17,900 and 6,100 jobs, respectively. This industry is projected to increase by 3% between 2019-29.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Carpenters, at, July 26, 2021.)

Collaboration with MassHire and Commonwealth Corporation

Minuteman Technical Institute is offering the Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship program for the fall of 2021 through a collaboration with Commonwealth Corporation, the MassHire Career Centers, and the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet.

MassHire Career Centers will support trainees through the application and eligibility process, provide employment assistance, and 90 days of support following the completion of the program.


  • September 6-December 15, 2022
  • February 27-June 15, 2023
  • 15-Week, 200-Hour Program
  • Classes will be held:
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-10:00 PM
    • Saturdays from 7:30 AM-2:00 PM
  • Days and times are subject to adjustment


This training is provided COST-FREE for the following Massachusetts residents:

  • Anyone who is unemployed
  • Middlesex County residents who earn less than $63,900 annually
  • Suffolk County residents who earn less than $45,500 annually
  • Worcester County residents who earn less than $46,700 annually
  • Essex County residents who earn less than $50,000 annually
  • Most recent high school graduates

The Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship program is supported by the grant funding from the Massachusetts Workforce Skills Cabinet.

Requirements to Take Course

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Eligible to work in United States
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass CORI/SORI (criminal and sex offender background check)
  • Pass drug test

Industry Certifications

  • OSHA 10 Construction Safety Certification
  • Hot Work Certification
  • Fall Protection Certification
  • Scaffold Use Certification
  • Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) Certification

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