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Dual-Credit Pre-Employment Carpentry

Open for Fall 2022

Length: 8 months Credential: Certificate Delivery: Blended

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

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. 

Is this the right fit for me?

This program is the right fit for students in Grade 11 or 12 who:

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


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. 

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Continuing to post-secondary

The skills explored in this program can lead to many different post-secondary pathways, including:

Admission 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

Admission requirements

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.
Term Year start Year end
Fall 2022 Sept. 12, 2022  June 2, 2023

Get to know SAIT's dual-credit programs

Dual-credit is a unique opportunity for Grade 11 and 12 students to explore post-secondary options and career pathways, while earning course credits, workplace certification or a SAIT credential alongside their high school diploma.

Admission Requirements

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. 

How to Apply 

Students interested in dual-credit studies should contact their career practitioner, high school counselor or off-campus coordinator.

The selection of high school students for dual-credit programs is determined by each school board. School boards will take into account different criteria, such as attendance, ability to commit to the program, and if the student is on-track to complete the required co-requisite classes.

Prior to the opening of applications for our dual-credit programs, a family information session will be held for eligible schools. At this information session, prospective students and their families have the opportunity to learn more  and ask questions about the dual-credit program in which they are interested.

School boards will provide prospective high school students with deadlines for program application and registration. Once selected by the school board, students will need to register for the dual-credit program with SAIT.

Students who have successfully been selected to participate in dual-credit studies will receive detailed information about the registration process.


Course Code Course 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

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