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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

Mandatory Modules:

  • Wood Fabrication ( Carpentry & Joinery)
  • Building Construction
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

 Additional Modules:

  • Architectural Drawing
  • Furniture Making
  • Design Skills
  • CAD 2D

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a Level 4.  Mature students are very welcome.  Access to this programme will be decided by interview. 

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, for example, GMIT Letterfrack Furniture College.  Graduates may also progress to IT Tralee Advanced Woodwork and Sustainable Technology Degree.

Course Fees

Registration fee is €150. Government Levy €200 - exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance. Details of all other fees available from the college office.


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Construction Technology (5M5010)

Maintenance Grants

Applications To:
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) a unit of City of Dublin VEC through

Enquiries & Applications

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