This competition has been designed to reflect the role of a carpenter and the standards that are expected within the construction industry.

A carpenter cuts, fits and assembles wood for building frameworks, doors, windows, flooring, stairs and panelling on both commercial and residential projects. Carpentry is one of the most skilled roles in construction, so excellent working knowledge of wood, its various types and uses is important, as well as knowing how the finished product will fit into a house or building.
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The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Drawing interpretation

  • Safe handling of tools

  • Health and safety awareness

  • Shaping wood

  • Timekeeping

  • Organisational skills

  • Attention to detail

  • Accurate assembly

Entry criteria

This is an individual competition and competitors must be proficient with the core competencies above

Participants must be:

at least 16 years of age on 1st September 2021 and must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

• employed in the UK, having completed a relevant UK qualification in the last 12 months

• studying towards a relevant qualification in the UK, including T Levels

• working towards an apprenticeship in a relevant trade in the UK.

National Qualifier dates

For more information about the National Qualifiers for this competition please refer to the Rules and Guidance document in the ‘Useful resources’ section below

Northern Ireland: 4 May

England, Scotland and Wales:

26 and 28 April

4, 10, 12, 19, 25 and 26 May

1, 17, 19, 14, 16, and 23 June

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 27 February – 24 March 2023

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions in venues across the UK or online

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

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