Carpentry is a foundational skill that can also be the start of a rich career. If you’ve never considered a career in carpentry before or haven’t had a way to learn more about it, the Carpenters’ Apprentice Ready Program (CARP) may be for you. CARP prepares candidates to complete the intake process for the Philadelphia Carpenters’ Apprenticeship Program and to be successful as a Union Carpenter in the field from day one.

CARP identifies and trains motivated women, people of color, and other Philadelphians who have existing barriers to employment in the building trades. Union commercial carpenters earn living wages, get access to healthcare and retirement benefits, and access to continuing education and training for career advancement.

About the CARP Program

CARP Training Includes

Interview Skills, Resume Building, Job Search Skills

Being Successful in Construction through Attitude, Character, and Ethics

Working with the Tools and Material – Shop Skills & Safety

Construction Math – Measurement and Beyond

Applicants should possess above average manual dexterity, coordination, and balance. Carpenters work both indoors and outdoors in extreme weather. The work is hard and physical by nature.

Requirements at Time of Application Include

High School Diploma/GED

Participants must be  at least 18 years old

A valid driver’s license

Ability to pass a drug screening

Live in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County


OCTOBER 1 – NOVEMBER 15 – Application Period
NOVEMBER 22nd – 10am & 6pm Virtual Information Sessions
DECEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 15  – Interviews


JANUARY 10 & 12 – 5pm to 9pm


JANUARY 14th, 21st, 28th
FEBRUARY 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
MARCH 4th, 11th


NOVEMBER 15, 2022

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Applications for the first CARP cohort of 2023 are closed. Sign up to learn more about the program and updates for 2024!

Do you have a Drivers' License?(Required)
Do you have a High School Diploma or GED?(Required)

The Carpenters Joint Apprentice Committee of Philadelphia & Vicinity, the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, and the General Building Contractors Association, have partnered to offer the CARP. CARP is a Pre-Apprenticeship program registered with the PA Department of Labor.

Philadelphia’s Contractors Look for and Hire CARP Graduates

The CARP Difference.