Carpenters work in many areas of construction. They are involved in residential, commercial, industrial or maintenance construction. 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 by a first year carpenter apprentice, plus additional hands-on skills and safety training necessary on an actual jobsite. 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.
Graduates of the Pre-Employment Carpenter program have a 95% employment rate.
Credentials and Accreditation
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year Apprenticeship.
Note: This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.
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.
- Winter 2020 start: applications are accepted May 1, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
- Summer 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 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.
To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.
|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|
Domestic Tuition and Fees*
|Tuition Fees||SAIT Fees||Student Association Fees||2019/20 Total|
International Tuition and Fees*
|Tuition fees||SAIT fees||SAITSA fees||2019/20 Total|
As of January 2020 this program is no longer accepting International Students.
Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: N/A
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): Program does not meet UPass eligibility requirements.
Student Association (SAITSA) Fees
Health Plan: N/A
Dental Plan: N/A
Student Association: N/A
Cost and Supplies*
- Books are approximately $350 in addition to tuition fees.
- Membership to the SAIT wellness centre — including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and weight room is available at a discounted rate.
Find out about Tuition and Financial Aid.
This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.
* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
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