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Carpentry & Joinery (Pre-Apprenticeship)

Course Description

The course provides for students who wish to develop pre-apprenticeship skills, pursue employment or advance to further education. It aims to familiarise students with the work environment of the building industry and to prepare them for the whole world of work. The Safe Pass legal requirement for the building industry will form an optional part of the course. The course is linked to third level institutes for students who wish to pursue higher education.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Architectural Drawing
  • Building Construction
  • Building Services
  • Communications 
  • Computer Aided Draughting 2D
  • Wood Fabrication
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18. 
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme. 

Work Experience

Work Experience is a core element of this programme providing an opportunity to put skills developed on the programme into use in a real working environment.  It allows students to create links with employers. 

Career Opportunities

Successful students may achieve apprenticeships in the following trades: carpentry and joinery, blocklaying, plastering, plumbing, electrical, interior design, wood craft, metal craft, wood turning, painting and decorating, surveying, draughting, building construction, wood fabrication.

Progression to Further Education and Higher Education 
The course is linked to third level institutes for students who wish to pursue higher education in IOTs or Universities.

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Construction Technology (5M5010)


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