Apprenticeship: Carpentry and Joinery


10 weeks


SOLAS Award Advanced Craft Certificate

Course Aims

Operated in conjunction with SOLAS, each course is of 10 weeks' duration.The aim of this course is to equip apprentices with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to work to the highest standard in this trade. Carpenters and joiners are required to prepare, build and install a wide range of wood products including doors, windows, floors, walls, staircases and roof trusses. On completion of the full SOLAS Advanced Craft Certificate, opportunities are available for advancement. 

Course Requirements

• The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age
• The minimum educational requirements are:
   o Grade D in five subjects in the Junior Certificate or an approved equivalent or
   o The successful completion of an approved Pre-Apprenticehsip course or
   o Three years’ work experience gained over sixteen years of age in a relevant activity

Course Modules

  • Carpentry/Joinery Practical
  • Carpentry/Joinery Theory
  • Technical Drawing
  • Computer Aided Draughting (2D)
  • Mathematics

How to become an Apprentice

  • To become an apprentice and participate in the Apprenticeship Training Scheme, applicants must be registered with SOLAS
  • To become a registered apprentice, individuals must first find employment with a company. The company then registers the apprentice with SOLAS
  • As a registered apprentice, SOLAS allocates the apprentice to a college such as DFEi to complete Phases 4 and 6 or their training.



On successful completion of the apprenticeship (following completion of Phase 7, on-the-job training while working with an employer), an Advanced Craft Certificate - Carpentry and Joinery  (Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications) is awarded. This is recognised nationally and internationally as the requirement for craftsperson status.


Additional Information

DFEi has a strong tradition of training apprentices, having been involved in this area for over 50 years. DFEi is currently the only provider of Phase 4 and 6 Carpentry and Joinery apprenticeship in Dublin. DFEi also has a strong tradition in preparing apprentices for the Department of Education and Skills IrelandSkills Competition as well as the World Skills Competitions. DFEi has an excellent history of training winners in these competitions.

Progression Opportunities

On completion of the full SOLAS Advanced Craft Certificate, opportunities are available for advancement

  • Apprentices are eligible to fill supervisory or technical positions in the construction industry
  • Apprentices are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificates and degree programmes at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.


Higher Education Links Scheme

BTech in Timber Product Technology (DT169)
Advanced entry into 2nd year
Dublin Institute of Technology
BSc in Furniture Design and Manufacture (GA981)
Advanced entry into 2nd Year
BSc in Furniture and Wood Technology (GA982)
Advanced entry into 2nd Year
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
For details of the above and all other progression routes to the Institutes of Technology and the Universities visit and or contact the Admissions Office of the relevant Higher Education Institution

Career Paths

Opportunities arise from time to time for promotion to supervisor level. Many apprentices use their apprenticeship qualification as a platform to launch careers such as managers, owners of businesses, teachers and instructors amongst others.