Carpenter-Joiner Examination

Carpenter-Joiner Examination

The examination is 3 hours long. It consists of 61 questions and each question is worth 1 point. The required passing grade is 60%. The materials supplied for your use during the examination are: a calculator, a pencil, a paper sheet and an eraser. No other material or reference document is allowed during the examination.

Skill Content on Which Questions May Be Based 

Section 1 - Building framing construction (40 %)

  • Reading framing plans
  • Calculating dimensions and quantities according to plan data
  • Erecting a beam and bearing wall
  • Installing joists according to the installation diagram
  • Establishing a reference line — Installing a subfloor
  • Determining, according to the plan, the location of wood or metal walls and partitions
  • Joining, erecting and shoring wood or metal walls and partitions
  • Determining, according to the installation diagram, the location of roof trusses
  • Installing and bracing roof trusses
  • Installing roof underlayment
  • Installing parapets and skylights
  • Installing doors, door frames, garage doors and windows
  • Calculating staircase and balustrade measurements
  • Planning the size of stringers for finished staircases
  • Building staircases

Section 2 - Interior finishing of a building (20 %)

  • Reading interior finishing plans and specifications
  • Using various materials (mineral wool, polyethylene foam, polystyrene, etc.) to install thermal and sound insulation in walls and ceilings
  • Covering walls and ceilings with gypsum boards Installing interior doors and finishing trims
  • Installing integrated furnishings
  • Installing suspended ceilings
  • Installing and finishing wood flooring: hardwood, engineered wood, floating floors
  • Installing transition and reversing tongue mouldings
  • Troubleshooting and making flooring repairs

Section 3 - Exterior finishing of a building (15 %)

  • Installing exterior wall siding, trim, fascia and soffits
  • Installing a roof drip and an eaves protection membrane
  • Installing flashing Installing a roof covering
  • Installing ventilators on the roof
  • Calculating ventilation surfaces

Section 4 - Formwork construction and deep foundations installation (25 %)

  • Formwork: Reading formwork plans
  • Evaluating soil conditions
  • Establishing reference lines and levels
  • Making formwork calculations: calculating volumes, dimensions and elevations
  • Erecting scaffolding
  • Verifying the squaring
  • Erecting footing, wall, column, beam, slab and concrete staircase formwork
  • Assembling panels and tie rods
  • Shoring formwork
  • Installing sealing joints and keys
  • Deep foundations: Installing piles

Samples of questions for provincial qualification examination.

Suggested documentation

The suggested documents are an important tool to help you prepare for the examination. However, your best asset to write the exam successfully are the quality and diversity of the skills you have acquired during your apprenticeship.

  • ASSOCIATION DES PROFESSIONNELS DE LA CONSTRUCTION ET DE L'HABITATION DU QUÉBEC (APCHQ). L’abc des planchers de bois franc et des vernis dans le secteur résidentiel, Anjou, APCHQ, 2010, 3e édition, 223 p.
    Tél. : 514 353-9960 ou 1 800 363-6843 

  • CENTRE D’ÉLABORATION DES MOYENS D’ENSEIGNEMENT DU QUÉBEC (CEMEQ)Collection Charpenterie menuiserie. Compétences 1 à 19. Sherbrooke, CEME Q. 
    Tel.: 819 822-6886

  • CENTRE D’ÉLABORATION DES MOYENS D’ENSEIGNEMENT DU QUÉBEC (CEMEQ)Charpenterie menuiserie. Compétence 10. Fondations profondes. Sherbrooke, CEME Q, 2012, 118 p. (in french only)
    Tél.: 819 822-6886 

  • GARAGA INCInstallation Manual, Saint-Georges, Beauce, Garaga, 24 p., 
    Tel.: 1 800 464-2724

  • CSA GROUPWindow, Door and Skylight Installation, Etobicoke, CSA, 2007, 144 p. (Norme A440.4-F07 (C2012)) Tél.: 514 694-8110 

  • BAILEY METAL PRODUCTS LTDSteel Stud, Trims and Accessories for dry wall construction, Concord, Ontario, BMP, n.d., 8 p.  
    Tel. 514 735-3455 ou 1 800 263-3455 

  • CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION (CMHC)Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction by John Burrows, Ottawa, CMHC, 2014, 378 p. (Publication #61010) 
    Tel.: 1 800 668-2642;

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