Handy man/ construction worker training

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  • Jan 1st, 2020 8:54 pm
Nov 10, 2014
302 posts
Ottawa, ON

Handy man/ construction worker training

How does one learn basic construction skills like redoing kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, dry walls, etc.?

I am looking for something more structured and formal than Youtube, but less long and intensive than the formal journeyman process. I looked into carpentry programs at a local college, but they seem to be geared for formal apprentices looking to be journeyman carpenters. Other option I searched was labourer jobs in construction site, but these jobs seem to involve more lifting and cleaning rather than learning skills.

Is there a bootcamp equivalent for construction skills for beginners?
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Deal Addict
Feb 16, 2013
1213 posts
If you get into carpentry proper you will either be doing framing, studs or dry walling.
Unlikely you can just start doing finishing carpentry or mill work.

I would try applying on kijiji as a helper for a handyman.
A lot of them do mixed bag type work, framing, flooring and tiling, backsplash etc.
Flooring in particular can be lucrative if you have the skill and patience for it.

You will not be doing electrical or plumbing because there is too much liability since these are not voluntary trades.

Honestly, if you are interested in the trades, do an apprenticeship.
Once you become a journeyman, you can be making anywhere from 80-100K, or more.
Just don't do sanding, that looks like a horrible job.