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Pre-employment Carpenter

Closed for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2021

Length: 12 weeks Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Overview

Learn to be a residential, commercial, industrial or maintenance carpenter through hands-on courses that teach you how to read blueprints and select, measure, cut and join materials. 

Carpenters work in many areas of construction - residential, commercial, industrial or maintenance. Most carpenters are involved in reading blueprints, selecting materials and methods of work, measuring, cutting and joining materials.

This 12-week program covers all course material received in a first-year carpenter apprenticeship, plus additional hands-on skills and safety training necessary on a job site. The program prepares the student to enter the workforce and become an apprentice.

On successful completion of the program, there is an option to write the first year Carpenter apprenticeship exam.

Credentials

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for the first-year Carpenter apprenticeship.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue entry-level positions in the construction industry and are prepared to become indentured carpenter apprentices. 

Potential career progression includes: 

  • carpenter journeyperson 
  • foreman 
  • subcontractor 
  • construction superintendent 

Related careers include: 

  • cabinetmaker 
  • construction estimator 

Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $4,636

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

Canada-Alberta Job Grant This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020 and are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Winter 2021 April 6, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Fall 2020 start: applications are accepted Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Winter 2021 start: applications are accepted March 30, 2020 and are accepted until the program start date.

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 10C, Math 10-3, Pure Math 10, or Applied Math 10, AND,
  • English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 2) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Carpenter and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Program Outline

Course Code Course Name Credits
CSTN 201 Carpentry Construction Theory 3.0
CSTN 202 Construction Laboratory I 6.0
BLPR 214 Carpentry Blueprint Reading 1.5
MATH 249 Mathematics for Carpentry 1.5
Total Credits 12.0

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
  • Rocky Mountain College

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Tuition Fees SAIT Fees Saitsa Fees Health and Dental 2020/21 Total
$4,450 $186 - - $4,636

Fees

Health Plan: N/A
Dental Plan: N/A
Student Association: N/A

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $86
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $50
Student technology fee: $50

Books and supplies*

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Fall 2020

Orientation date

Tenatively Sept. 8

Delivery 

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

  • Solid Wi-Fi connection at home

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • CSA steel toe boots
  • Safety glasses

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 145: Orientation for Apprentices and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone:  403.284.8367
Email: construction.woodtrades@sait.ca

Academic chair

Garth Sartison, Academic Chair
Email:  garth.sartison@sait.ca

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Construction
403.284.8367
construction.preemp@sait.ca

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