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

Apprentice training in February 2015

TFG Apprentice Training Program
2015 Assessment and Training: February 20–22
Frameworks Timber, Ft Collins, Colo.

The Apprentice Training Program will be bringing all available registered apprentices and supervising journeyworkers together to be trained and also to learn from previous ATP experiences in February, 2015. We continue to review progress, plan for the future, and make collaborative decisions about the best use of ATP resources. This year we welcome a new apprentice and graduate an apprentice to journeyworker status as he fulfills his teaching requirement during the weekend.

The success of the training event goes beyond academic knowledge and professional excellence. We also believe in the relationships that are formed in the shared search for knowledge. The early Guild was based on this concept and we proudly continue this tradition.

The training topics this year are a subset of Year Three Trade Sciences:

1.  Design of timber frames
2.  Mechanical properties of timber frames
3.  Forces and stresses in timber frames
4.  Properties and reactions of wood

Each of these topics could fill the weekend, so we will take an integrated view of these topics that we hope will entice participants to search further. They will leave with a good understanding of resources available and when they are needed.

Dick Schmidt, Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming, former member of the TFG board of directors, and a founding member of the Timber Framer Engineering Council, will be a guest instructor. The research he conducted with his graduate students has found its way into the industry’s design standard TFEC 1 – Standard for Design of Timber Frame Structures, of which he is primary author. He regularly teaches a course in structural timber design and occasionally serves as a structural engineering consultant.

For more information or to register, tell Curtis Milton.

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.