Looking to get into carpentry? Want to know the difference between carpentry & joinery or learn both, here's all you need to know!


Carpentry is the trade of woodworking, carpentry is a skilled trade and a craft in which the primary work performed is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, etc. Joinery is a part of woodworking that involves joining together pieces of timber or lumber, to produce more complex items. We have courses covering the separate aspects of carpentry and intensive practical options for both carpentry and joinery!

The two go hand in hand and ultimately are both needed to become a professional in this sector.  We have the choice of separate City & Guilds courses for each so that you can focus solely on each aspect of woodworking and really improve your skill in either aspect. Alternatively, we have a City & Guilds Carpentry & Joinery Combined Course so that you can learn the two aspects together although you won't be able to focus on the two separately you will gain a solid understanding of woodworking as a whole!

The City & Guilds Joinery Course Involves:

  • Constructing halving joints
  • Constructing housing joints
  • Constructing through mortice and tenon joints
  • Constructing angled halving joints
  • Constructing bridle joints
  • Constructing haunched mortice and tenon joints
  • Constructing stub mortice and tenon joints

The City & Guilds Carpentry Course Involves:

  • Use hand tools such as chisels, planes etc.
  • Cut basic joints
  • Cut and fit architraves and skirtings
  • Fit a Lock
  • Fit a door into a lining/frame
  • Health and Safety in construction
  • Fixing architraves and skirtings
  • Constructing and fixing hatch linings
  • Fitting locks and latches



These carpentry courses involve an intensive 3 weeks of hands-on training, during which time you will build a portfolio of your work. Having a portfolio means that you can show evidence of your ability and will help you further down the line.

Would love to take a course, but don't have the time?


People who have existing jobs and or cannot get out of prior arrangements, maybe you've got kids and you really do not have the time to take on a full-time course. We run weekend courses to make it a bit easier for some students. The way weekend courses work is exactly the same as regular courses, except you will learn over a series of weekends instead of a series of weeks. You will learn the same units and earn the same qualifications, the difference is the length of time it will take you to complete the course! 

All Carpentry & Joinery courses:

Need some more information?


If you are looking to book a course with us at Able Skills, you have a couple of options...Firstly you can select a course on our website, check availability and book online! Secondly, you can call us at - 0808 100 3245 Lastly, you can come to our training centre and book a course in person! We are open every day between 8:30 - 4:30