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Carpentry

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Carpentry

Program Overview

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Carpentry certificate program will get you started in the largest trade in the construction industry. You’ll need good problem-solving skills, a solid work ethic and the ability to work on your own or as part of a team.

When you graduate, you’ll be qualified for jobs with construction companies, general contractors and subcontractors, or in the maintenance departments of school boards, health districts, mining operations and government departments.

Carpentry is a 30-week certificate program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus. You’ll get the basic training you need to get a job in the trade by building practical knowledge and skills in:

  • tools and equipment
  • construction documents and quantity survey
  • site layout and concrete
  • footings and foundations
  • framing and building envelope
  • exterior finishing and roof coverings
  • interior finishing and cabinets
  • materials and scaffolds
  • trade math and communications

Learn by Building

Most of your time is spent in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s well-equipped Carpentry shops where you will be able to polish your skills on the many shop projects we have to offer. There is also a two-week work term at the end of the program which often results in full-time employment.

Head Start on Apprenticeship

Your Saskatchewan Polytechnic Carpentry certificate earns you advanced standing as an apprentice. It takes about four years to earn journeyperson certification, but once you have it, you have it for life—you’ll earn higher pay and be able to work anywhere in Canada. Learn more at Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, you’ll have the skills you need to work in a wide range of construction jobs. Look for work with general contractors, interior/exterior subcontractors and framing contractors. There are jobs in homebuilding and renovations, commercial construction, at industrial mining and manufacturing facilities, and with health, education, municipal and government departments. Get your journeyperson’s ticket and you could move into supervisory, management, sales and teaching positions.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
FramerCarpenter (7271)$31,200 - $68,700
Concrete FormerConcrete Finisher (7282)$31,200 - $74,900
Exterior/Interior FinisherConstruction Trades Helpers and Labourers (7611)$25,000 - $60,400

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 30 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 70 Arithmetic
  • 65 Reading
  • 55 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,000

International Students

Prince Albert, Moose Jaw

Year 1 (30 weeks) - $13,100 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
BPRT 127
Construction Documents
1
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You will receive the theoretical and practical background needed to interpret construction drawings (blueprints), specifications, permits, regulations and codes. The course content includes basic quantity surveying (also referred to as estimating material quantities).
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
BPRT 222
Blueprints and Quantity Survey
2
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You will learn how to interpret residential prints to determine the location, sizes, shapes and types of materials required for residential buildings. The course content includes quantity survey of residential building materials.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CNST 126
Site Layout
3
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You will lay out a building using hand tools. Upon successfully completing the course, you will be able to establish building lines and elevations using precision instruments (such as the builder's level and laser level).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COMM 127
Industry Communications
2
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You will practice fundamental employability skills related to oral and written communications. You will also practice employability skills related to working effectively with others. You will learn personal employability skills and the effect of attitudes and behaviours on successful job search.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127A, COMM 187, COMM 191, COMM 193, JOBS 190, TCOM 105, TCOM 120, TCOM 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Work Based Delivery
CONC 122
Concrete
2
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You will develop the skills needed to test, place, consolidate, finish and cure concrete. The course content includes selecting and proportioning ingredients for producing quality concrete.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
EQPT 126
Tools
10
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You will learn how to select, use and maintain a wide variety of hand tools and non-power equipment. You will also learn how to operate and maintain portable electric tools, pneumatic tools, powder actuated tools, cutting torches and stationary power tools.
Credit Units: 10
Course Hours: 144.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
EXFN 220
Exterior Wall Coverings
2
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You will receive instruction and practice in installing exterior cladding, constructing cornices and installing flashings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 33.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
EXFN 221
Windows and Exterior Doors
1
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The course content includes the installation of window and exterior door units into a rough opening. You will discuss and install a window poly bag.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
FNDT 120
Foundations
4
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You will acquire the knowledge and theory needed to construct and install formwork for footings, grade beams and slabs-on-grade. Specifically, you will learn how to set up various kinds of formwork for concrete walls and columns. You will also learn how to install reinforcing materials, miscellaneous inserts and anchor bolts. The course content includes the various types of piling used in foundations. How problems with a foundation can affect the rest of the structure will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 63.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
FRMG 220
Floor Framing
3
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You will determine the requirements to lay out, cut and assemble a framed floor system (including stairwells and chimney holes). You will also discuss and erect engineer designed floor trusses.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study
FRMG 221
Wall Framing
5
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The course provides theory and hands-on experience in laying out studding and rough openings. You will cut and assemble wood frame walls, steel stud walls and ceiling joists. The course content includes installing strapping, blocking and furring. You will learn how to frame preserved wood foundations and identify timber construction.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 72.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study
FRMG 222
Roof Framing
5
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You will receive theory and practical experience in constructing flat, gable and hip roofs according to building code. You will learn how to lay out, assemble, erect and brace engineered roof trusses.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
INFN 320
Interior Finishes
4
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You will acquire the theory and practical skills needed to install ceiling and wall finishes, interior door frames, doors and applicable hardware, casings, baseboards and mouldings.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 54.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
INFN 321
Wall Cabinets
2
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You will learn how to construct and install a wall cabinet.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
INSL 220
Building Envelope
1
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You will acquire the theory and practical skills needed to install insulation and air/vapour barriers to meet building standards.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MATE 126
Building Materials
1
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Carpenters join together a wide variety of materials (such as wood, concrete, masonry, metals and plastics). You will study the theory needed to identify different types of wood and non-wood products used in the construction process. You will also study the types of mechanical fasteners used.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
MATH 127
Trade Math
2
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You will learn how to use whole numbers, common and decimal fractions, percentages, ratio and proportions, angular measurements, length, area and volume measurements in the Imperial and metric system. You will also convert Imperial and metric measurements.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
ROOF 220
Roof Coverings
1
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You will receive instruction and practice in applying asphalt, wood, metal and composition shingles, flashing, and venting and eave protection materials.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SCAF 120
Scaffolds
1
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You will receive the theory and hands-on experience needed for the safe use of ladders, ramps and runways used in construction. The course content includes erecting, maintaining and dismantling various types of access scaffolds and rigging and hoisting equipment.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 21.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
SFTY 129
Construction Safety
1
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You will acquire the knowledge and theory needed to recognize and protect yourself from unsafe conditions on the job site. You will learn how to apply Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. You will focus on the theory needed to identify and describe personal protective equipment, fall protection, work environment hazards and industrial health hazards.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 21.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study, Work Based Delivery
SHOP 220
Shed Construction
2
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Using the skills and knowledge you attain in the program, you will receive hands-on experience constructing an actual building.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lab/Practical
WORK 125
Work Placement
0
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You will receive hands-on carpentry experience using on campus construction projects. You will also be exposed to actual on-the-job construction activities.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 78.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group, Work Experience -Individual

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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