Apprentice Jake Amadon checking housing angle during raising of reciprocal frame roof built by Teton Timber Frame in Driggs, Idaho.      photo Adam Riley

2015 apprentice training and assessment, Feb 20–22

It was an intensive weekend! To explore the specifics, visit our apprenticeship blog.

The presentations for the long weekend were initially outlined by program graduate JW Chris Drake, then further refined by various collaborators. The topic list targets the TFG curriculum outline, specifically year three trade sciences (see reference below). Much of the programming is being developed and will be presented by registered, qualified, and financially contributing members of the apprenticeship training program. Jake Amadon, apprentice, will graduate to JW by fulfilling the last of his requirements: preparing and teaching part of the program. His topic will be timber frame design: working with and without architects. 

We are pleased to welcome Dick Schmidt as our guest presenter. Dick is professor and head of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming, a former TFG director, and a founding member of the Timber Frame Engineering Council. Dick's Engineering Primer presentations and assessments were a welcome addition to the program’s knowledge base. Access to these exercises is available upon request. 

 Our fourth annual event was sponsored by the registered members of the program and was hosted by Frameworks Timber of Ft. Collins, Colo.  

Thanks to all the registered members of our program who continue to both support and benefit from the existence of this valuable endeavor.  

Apprentice-Journeyworker training: read the posts
The Apprenticeship Training Committee documented the apprentice and journeyworker training recently hosted by Trillium Dell in Knoxville, Ill.

What is the apprenticeship program?
The TFG Apprenticeship Program is a three-year combination of study and on-the-job training, approved by and registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, for people employed in timber framing. Its purpose is to provide a planned comprehensive education, including the necessary training materials, for the professional timber frame carpenter.

How does it work?
Each apprentice works full-time under a registered journeyworker for three years and completes additional specialized training through TFG events, online coursework, tech schools, craft schools, and other approved providers. 
How do I get in?
Enrollment as an apprentice in the program is open to all who are employed under a registered journeyworker. To enroll, you complete an application and assessment.  If you are interested in finding work with a journeyworker and entering the program as an apprentice, please fill out this contact form. We will pass your information to all registered journeyworkers and keep you informed of any upcoming open workshops, courses, and other events. 
Enrollment in the program as a journeyworker is open to all who meet the requirements as outlined in the journeyworker application. After meeting the program requirements, in order to register and apprentice, a journeyworker must make a financial commitment to the program. The financial commitment by both JW and APP allows the program to fund the training of the apprentice and the continuing education of the JW.