The Online Carpenter Upgrader is an intensive, theory-based course designed for carpenters who have at least 6 years (10,800 hours) of varied carpentry work experience in the trade.

The course uses the Sask Polytech Carpentry curriculum to navigate through the National Occupational Analysis for the Carpenter Trade (N.O.A). The Interprovincial Journeyperson Exam (Red Seal) is an exam based on the N.O.A. The Sask Polytech Carpentry curriculum has been developed using the N.O.A as its template but is geared for Apprenticeship Training.

Course Objectives
The objectives of the course are to:

  • Provide carpenters with the related theory to support the practical experience which they have already attained.
  • Develop, within the participant, the importance of the understanding and application of sound building principles to set standards.
  • Prepare carpenters who wish to challenge the Carpenter Interprovincial Journeyperson Exam (Red Seal).

Learning Blocks
There are 8 learning blocks within the course. It is critical the participant follow the learning blocks in this course.
The first seven blocks based on the National Occupational Analysis for the Carpenter Trade, while the last includes information to help you study and complete your block exams and Interprovincial exam:

  • Common Occupational Skills
  • Formwork
  • Framing
  • Exterior Finish
  • Interior Finish
  • Planning and Layout
  • Renovations
  • Test Preparation

The 7 main blocks each have self-check quizzes that you can access at any time. The quizzes help you to self-test in preparation for the exam at the end of each block.
The Planning and Layout block exam will include the Renovations block.
After each of the first six blocks, you write a multiple choice exam. The examination must be supervised that requires you attending a specified site. Contact your instructor for guidance in choosing the appropriate site.
You must achieve at least 60% on each exam and an overall average from all exams of 70%. You must notify your instructor upon completion of each block to arrange for the exam. There is no exam for the Test Preparation block.
Once you complete the first 7 blocks, arrangements can be made to challenge the Interprovincial Journeyperson exam for the Carpenter Trade.

Course Delivery
This program is delivered online through the Brightspace D2L course management system. You will have 8 months to complete the required studies.
You must have access to the Internet and you will have access to toll-free computer support during your 8-months of training.
Although the course is mainly self-directed, it is necessary to maintain contact with the online instructor. Communication may be done through e-mails and by telephone. Instructors may also post answers to questions on the website with frequently asked questions (FAQ).
Course manuals, supplementary content and multimedia resources are all online. You must supply your own National Building Code of Canada and Carpentry textbook. Other required reference material will be supplied.

Additional Costs
Text and code book required prior to your start date.
National Research Council/National Building Code 2015 Soft Cover - $335.00 approx
Vogt/Carpentry 3C – ISBN 9780176570422 - $186.95 approx
These materials can be ordered from the Sask Polytech Bookstore Call Centre at 1-866-569-8398
Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm CST

More Information
For more information call Carol Krawczyk at 306-775-7475 or Jim Marcia at 306-775-7484.
Out of province applicant tuition is $3,090 and those applicants register directly with Saskatchewan Polytechnic by calling 1-866-467-4278 or 306-775-7301.
Saskatchewan residents applying for Upgrader training must contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission at 1-877-363-0536 or 306-787-2444.

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