Trade Equivalent Exam

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Posted by: from Brantford
10/20/2022 at 5:24:27 PM

Hey there, I'm wondering if anyone has taken this test or knows anything about it. From the research I have done it is basically like a GED but for carpentry.

aLong story short I had some bad luck when I was younger. Anyways I worked doing renovations and have opened my own business about 6 years ago and I am doing very well. The problem is I never went to college to get my carpentry and with my business thriving I see no need. But the reason I ask about this exam is I would like to at least have this certificate to, I dunno, feel better about myself lol or learn something as there is still lots I want to learn and expand my knowledge and expand my company to do more jobs and bigger jobs like additions, roofing etc.

Just wondering anyones thoughts.

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Date/Time10/22/2022 at 11:00:07 PM

Most provinces allow a trade equivalency, they can be hard as they are based on the 4 years of school apprenticeship courses, so if you never built a stairs from scratch before you might have trouble. You also have to have a employer sign off on the min. hours in the trade your province requires and they will let you write it. I do not think you can use hours from self employment. I thought of doing it myself but after 35 years in the carpentry trade and all trades for that matter, why bother? I am more experienced then 80% of any carpenters out there doing everything from building houses to finishing, cabinets, custom work, floors, stairs/rails, decks etc., etc. and do not plan on working for a union so it is redundant in my opinion. A piece of paper will teach you absolute zero!, the actual hands on work is what you will get it from. I have hired journeymen carpenters with 20 years exp. and they could not build a deck properly because they did forms for most of their occupation. A cabinet maker will not know how to build a house and vice versa. I started framing for several years and that is the "foundation". Despite all the fancy tools & electronics we use now, carpentry is pretty much the same as it was in the time of Jesus, a hammer, a saw, a square, a plumb bob and a level...if you can't master those then you will never master the rest LOL!

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