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Pre-employment Carpenter

Open for Fall 2022

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

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
Learn more about our course delivery options

Overview

This 12-week program covers all course material received by a first-year carpenter apprentice, plus additional hands-on skills and safety training necessary on an actual job site.

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

The program will prepare 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 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: $4,882

*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

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021.
  • Applications for fall 2022 open Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 April 1, 2022
Winter 2022 April 4, 2022 June 24, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 Nov. 25, 2022

Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021.
  • Fall 2022 start: applications open Oct. 6, 2021.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2, AND,
  • Math 10C, Math 10-3, Pure Math 10, or Applied Math 10.

A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 2) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

All applicants must demonstrate English Language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $4,761 $121 $- $- $4,882

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

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $46
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $38
Student technology fee: $38
Saitsa fee: N/A

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: N/A
  • Dental Plan: N/A

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* 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.

Fall 2021

Orientation date

Your program orientation will take place on Sept. 7. Watch your inbox for the time and location.

Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

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 personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • CSA steel toe boots
  • Safety glasses

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

In addition all apprentices must manually register for PREP145: Orientation for apprentices hosted by Academic Coaching.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2Lbefore the first day of classes.

Math 123: Math Refresher

Refresh your math skills needed for Math 235 and Math 238.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

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

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

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

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Construction
403.284.8367
construction.preemp@sait.ca

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