Institute of Carpenters

The Institute of Carpenters was founded in 1890 by 11 craftsmen to oversee training for carpenters and joiners

Today it remains the natural home of professional woodworkers, and all those who work or teach in the profession, including carpenters, joiners, shop fitters and cabinet makers. The Institute’s three main aims are to:

  • maintain the historic traditions of woodworking craftsmanship;
  • advance and enhance the status of woodworking professionals; and
  • promote and maintain high standards throughout the industry.

As part of this commitment, the Institute supports colleges and their students. It also provides invaluable support and advice to skilled woodworking professionals on a wide range of technical, legal and practical issues.

Individual, business, and corporate membership of the Institute is available, offering skilled practitioners in the woodworking profession the prestige of belonging to a nationally recognised organisation.

The Institute supports the continuing professional development of its members and is also committed to encouraging students and new entrants to the profession.

For more information on becoming a member, visit the Institute of Carpenters website, telephone 01296 625518, or email