Foundations in Wood Trades

Open for Winter 2022

Length: 1 Semester Delivery: Part Time Classroom

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Learn foundational skills and knowledge in wood trades in this residential and furniture-focused hands-on carpentry program.

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 fundamental skills, processes and knowledge relating to residential interior wall framing and drywall, basic furniture and cabinet making, and workplace safety (CSTS and WHMIS). The program is designed to help students decide if this is an area they would like to pursue as well as to equip students with skills and knowledge to help them secure jobs in industry.

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 Certificate of Achievement. Students may also earn work experience and/or CTS credits at the high school level.

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School board partners

SAIT currently offers youth foundations programs within the following school board jurisdictions.

  • Calgary Board of Education
  • Calgary Catholic School District
  • Palliser Regional School District
  • Foothills Academy Society
  • Rockyview School Division

Is this the right fit for me?

This program is for students in Grade 10, 11 or 12 who:

  • enjoy working with their hands; and
  • are considering a career relating to construction, carpentry and/or other wood trades

Program length

  • Foundations in Wood Trades is offered over one semester
  • Requires a commitment of four afternoons at SAIT campus throughout the program
Term Program start
Winter 2022 Feb. 7, 2022

How to Apply

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

The selection of high school students for youth foundations 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 any other classes.

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 youth foundations program with SAIT.

Students who have successfully been selected to participate in youth foundations studies will receive detailed information about the registration and orientation processes.

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

Youth Foundations
MB026, Stan Grad Building

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