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A dual-credit carpentry student works in the lab at SAIT campus.

Dual-Credit Pre-Employment Carpentry

Length: 10 Months
Credential: Certificate
Available: Classroom

Program Highlights

Train to construct and repair buildings and other structures made of wood, wood substitutes, steel and other materials.

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Program length

  • Pre-Employment Carpentry is offered over two semesters (September to June)
  • Requires a commitment of four mornings at SAIT campus throughout the program. 
TermProgram start
Fall 2019 Sept. 9, 2019

Who is this program for?

Students in Grade 11 or 12 who:

  • enjoy working with their hands; and
  • are considering a career in the construction trades. 

Program description

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

This program covers all course material received by a first-year carpenter apprentice, plus additional hands-on skills and safety training necessary to work on a jobsite. 

The program will prepare students to enter the workforce and become an apprentice. 

Your career

Carpenters' duties vary depending on the industry in which they work; residential, commercial, and industrial or maintenance construction. They may be involved in cribbing the basement, building the house framework or exterior finish, or building bridges, tunnels and towers. Carpenters may also specialize in one type of work such as framing, bench work or finishing carpentry.


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

Co-requisite requirements

In order to be eligible for a SAIT credential, students must successfully pass the following courses or equivalents with an average of at least 50%:

  • Math 10C or Math 10-3
  • English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2

There may be other pre-requisite or co-requisites required by the school board for admission into this dual-credit program. Check with your local school board for further information.

To qualify for graduation from SAIT, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete the course requirements within the prescribed timelines. 


Course CodeCourse Name
CSTN 201 Carpentry Construction Theory
CSTN 202 Construction Laboratory I
BLPR 214 Carpentry Blueprint Reading
MATH 249 Mathematics for Carpentry


Students who complete the dual-credit Pre-Employment Carpentry program are eligible to earn:

  • up to 15 high school credits
  • a SAIT Pre-Employment Carpentry certificate
  • the potential to write the Alberta Industry and Training (AIT) exams for first-year carpenter apprenticeship


Dual Credit 

To learn more about all dual-credit opportunities currently offered in Alberta, visit Alberta Dual Credit.

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