What is a Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter?
A Red Seal Carpenter is a certified carpenter who has worked under a Journeyman as an Apprentice for 6480 hours and put in the required four times, six week sessions of training at a trades school.
In BC this training is as follows:
“A carpentry apprentice must complete a four-year program including 6480 workplace hours and 720 in-school hours of training completed in four levels of training, each for six weeks. After completion and achievement of a passing grade, the apprentice will hold the B.C.Certificate of Apprenticeship, B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Interprovincial Standard Endorsement also known as Red Seal.” BCIT Web Site (http://www.bcit.ca/study/programs/3200appr)
Hiring a Contractor with Journeyman Carpenter on site is a must as this certification differentiates the handy guy with tools from somebody who has chosen this path as a career to be taken seriously. As you are taking this into consideration when you are hiring your contractor watch for the following other points:
How long has the Journeyman Carpenter been certified – the more experienced guys refer to young journeyman as “baby journeyman”?
Who has the Journeyman Carpenter trained under and most importantly was that commercial construction or residential construction? The difference is substantial especially when we are dealing with the sensitive construction involved in renovations.
Is the Journeyman Carpenter actually on site or just one paid supervisor that checks on less experienced carpenters? We see this with bigger companies in boom times especially.
Does the Journeyman have a certificate that they can produce if you request verification of Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter status?
I do believe this is an important consideration when making hiring decisions and especially when comparing quotes – the more experienced contractor might not be the lowest price but he is also more likely to see all of the factors involved in the construction of your project.
In fairness to the guys who’ve been on job sites building since they were young boys – these guys often do not bother with certification and can run laps around “baby journeyman” and even fully certified/with experience Red Seal Journeyman Carpenters. Use your best judgement of course.
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