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Pre-Employment Carpentry

Pre Employment Carpentry

Gain knowledge, skills and values for successful entry into a career as a carpenter.  Build and repair a vast array of structures using hand and power tools.  Get a feel for different materials including wood, concrete, steel, and glass. 

This program covers all the course materials received by a first-year apprentice, plus additional hands-on skills, safety training, and employability skills. After completion of this program, you will have knowledge and skills to challenge the first period carpentry technical training and practical exam. 


Carpenters may work for a construction company, a general contractor, maintenance companies or be self-employed.  Employers are currently looking for apprenticeship candidates who have demonstrated an interest and sill in the carpentry trade and seek job readiness that graduates of this program possess.

For more information about employability check out Alberta ALIS


WINTER 2023 - February 15, 2023

Delivery Method:



 $5100 + GST

*payment plans available, email us for more details.



13 weeks - Full-time



Admission Recommendations:

There are no prior learning or approved equivalencies for this course.

  • It is recommended that students meet the current minimum entrance requirements for the Carpentry apprenticeship program as per Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, including passing marks in:
  • Mathematics 10-3
  • English 10-2; or

A passing grade in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests

Program Details:

Learners in this program complete the same curriculum as a first-year apprentice, two safety tickets, and learn to build a trades resume. This course encompasses an average of 30 hours of direct instruction per week with an additional 6 to 10 hours of homework per week.  

Throughout this program, learners will learn to understand industry terminology and basic skills in woodworking and carpentry. The safe use of hand and power tools, concrete forming, floor framing, blueprint reading, shop drawing, applied mathematics, and safety are also areas covered in this program. Learning is further enhanced with class visits, industry speakers, and site visits. 

Upon successfully completing first-year technical training (65% overall grade and attendance of 90%), learners are eligible to attempt the First Year Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training provincial exam, written and practical. A grade of 70% is required to successfully pass the provincial exam. 

Program Materials:

Tuition includes: 

  • Two AIT government exams (1 theory and 1 practical) 
  • Two safety tickets 
  • $400 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration 

Additional costs: 

Books/ILMs: approx. $450 

  • Carp 101 ILM  
  • First Year RDC Ship and Blueprint Modules 
  • Pocket Tradesman Riggers Edition 

Personal Protective Equipment: approx. $300 

  • Learners must supply: 
  • Safety glasses (dark shade not permitted) 
  • Steel-toed ankle-high leather boots (CSA) 
  • Binders, paper, pens 

Shop Supplies: approx. $120 

  • Metric Measuring Tape 
  • 6” Compass & Protractor 
  • T-square (36” preferred) 
  • 10” Set Squares (45 and 30/60 degree) 
  • Drafting Tools & Pencils (2H, 4H & 6H)  
  • Scale ruler with 1:1, 1:2, 1:5, 1:10, 1:20 & 1: 50 scales)            
  • Calculator – Casio fx260 Solar Fraction 
  • Binders for modules (optional) 

College Technical Fee: $120 

Activity and Wellness Fee: $22

How to Register:

Registration is available online 24/7. Both Visa and Mastercard payments are accepted. If you are a business or organization looking to register one or more employees, contact us for information on setting up a Company Profile.

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