Carpenters make and maintain wood fixtures in buildings.

What does a carpenter do?

Carpenters make and build a wide range of wood fixtures and fittings for buildings. You’ll use a wide range of hand and power tools.

Aspects of the job include:

  • understanding requirements from technical drawings and plans
  • making and putting together doors, staircases and fitted furniture
  • installing  floorboards, partition walls,  roof timbers and window frames (known as first fix)
  • hanging doors, installing handles, skirting boards, cupboards and shelves
  • making and assembling interiors for bars, shops and offices
  • building stage sets for films and theatres productions

What do I need to do to become a carpenter?

Many people become carpenters and joiners after completing an apprenticeship. You can also take NVQ and BTEC qualifications in carpentry.   

Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Creativity
  • Numeracy
  • Patience
  • Technical ability

Related subjects

  • Art
  • Design technology

Essential qualifications

  • Level 1 qualification in carpentry and joinery

Desirable qualifications

  • Level 2 qualification in carpentry and joinery

Where could I be working?

Many carpenters and joiners are self-employed so you’ll need to have good numeracy and administration skills. 

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