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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. 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.
After you successfully complete this program, you may choose to continue your training as an apprentice. Once indentured by an employer, you may register for SAIT's Carpenter apprenticeship program.
You may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year apprenticeship.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT pre-employment certificate.
Careers and opportunities
Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni.
94% graduate employment rate
$53,820 average starting salary
Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.
Career counselling and support
Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.
You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.
Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.Services and workshops
The Pre-Employment Carpenter program requires 12 credits (4 courses) to complete.
This course covers topics on basics, orthographic drawings, pictorial drawings and sketching, drawing standards, drawing interpretation principles.
This course on carpentry construction theory covers topics on worksite safety, fire prevention and control, ladders and scaffolds, WHMIS, rigging, solid wood products and wood joinery, manufactured construction products, fasteners, adhesives and sealants, introduction to concrete, preliminary building operations, construction equipment, foundation supports, concrete flatwork, conventional concrete foundations, and alternate foundations systems.
This course on construction laboratory covers topics on the use of hand tools, portable power tools, stationary power tools, explosive actuated tools, pneumatics and fuel powered tools, building layouts, construct footings, concrete flatwork, foundation systems, floor frame and support.
Mathematics for carpentry covers topics on basic math concepts: calculate perimeters, centreline perimeters, area, volumes, ratio and proportion, mechanical advantage and percentage, estimate foundation forms and concrete, and estimate residential floor systems.
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.
Applicants educated in Canada
All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.
- English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2, AND,
- Math 10C or Math 10-3.
SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.
All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.
SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.
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- Domestic students: Closed
Application deadline: Oct. 26, 2023
- Domestic students: Open
Application deadline: March 1, 2024
- Domestic students: Open
Application deadline: June 28, 2024
2023/24 tuition and fees
The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.
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Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.
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Required personal protective equipment (PPE)
- CSA steel toe boots
- Safety glasses
- Hearing protection - will be provided but students may choose to bring their own.
Required equipment or tools
- Metric/imperial tape measure (min. 16')
- Marking pencil
Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.Learn more
This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.
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