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Carpentry

Certificate

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.

Apprenticeship Credit

With this Saskatchewan Polytechnic credential, you may be eligible for credit towards apprenticeship training. To learn more, contact the 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.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 30 weeks

Locations

  • Moose Jaw
  • Prince Albert

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.

 

$6,700

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Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BPRT 127
Construction Documents
1
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You will learn how to identify and use basic construction drawings to determine the location, sizes, and types of materials required for residential buildings. You will also be able to interpret building codes and permits.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Work Based Delivery
CNST 126
Site Layout
3
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You will learn how to calculate and establish construction elevations using builder’s levels. You will be able to describe the procedures for performing as well as establish building lines using hand tools. You will also learn how to transfer elevations using a laser level.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
CONC 122
Concrete
2
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You will learn the skills required to test, place, consolidate, finish, and cure concrete. Concrete maintenance and repair will also be covered.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EQPT 126
Tools
4
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You will learn how to select and properly use a wide variety of hand tools, portable power tools and stationary tools and equipment. You will also learn how to identify and use powder actuated tools.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Corequisites(s): PROJ 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Work Based Delivery
FNDT 120
Foundations
4
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You will learn how to construct and install formwork for footings, grade beams, and slabs-on-grade. Various types of concrete formwork will be covered as well as procedures for installing reinforcing materials, miscellaneous inserts, and anchor bolts. Procedures for constructing permanent wood foundations will also be covered.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
FRMG 126
Floor Framing
4
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You will learn to assemble various types of floor systems as well as procedures for installing floor sheathing. You will also learn basic principles required for deck construction.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
FRMG 221
Wall Systems
4
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You will learn how to construct wood frame walls, steel stud walls and ceiling joists. Installing strapping, blocking and furring is also covered.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): *Independent - Structured Time, Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online
MATE 126
Building Materials
1
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You will learn to identify different types of wood and non-wood products used in the construction industry as well as various types of mechanical and non-mechanical fasteners and anchors.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, 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): *CBE, *CBE - Structured Timeframe, *CBE/EXT Structured Timeframe, Lecture/Theory, Online
PROJ 122
Projects
4
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You will apply the skills and knowledge acquired in EQPT 126 (Tools) to construct shop projects. Hands-on experience will help you acquire skills in using common tools of the trade.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Corequisites(s): EQPT 126
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SFTY 129
Safety Awareness
1
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You will learn to apply occupational health and safety regulations. You will be able to identify and describe personal protective equipment, fall protection, working environment hazards, and industrial health hazards.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Work Based Delivery

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BPRT 222
Construction Documents
2
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You will learn how to identify and interpret residential construction drawings to determine the location, sizes, and types of materials required for residential buildings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
CNST 127
Transits
3
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You will lay out a building using a transit. You will learn how to set up the transit and read horizontal and Vernier scales. You will also determine, verify and layout angles in degrees horizontally and vertically using a transit.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EXFN 220
Exterior Finishes and Accessories
2
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You will learn procedures for constructing cornices and installing exterior finishes.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): *CBE - Structured Timeframe, Lecture/Lab, Online
EXFN 221
Exterior Windows and Doors
1
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You will learn the installation procedures for exterior windows and doors.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
FRMG 222
Roof Framing
4
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You will learn how to construct gable and shed roofs. You will also learn how to lay out, assemble and erect engineered roof trusses.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
INFN 320
Interior Finishes
3
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You will learn to identify various types of interior wall system used in construction. You will also learn to install a residential interior door and hardware. Installing casing, baseboards and other trim will also be covered.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
INFN 321
Wall Cabinets
3
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You will study the materials, terminology, and design considerations used in the construction of cabinets. You will also learn how to construct and install wall cabinets.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
INSL 220
Building Envelope
1
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You will be able to describe the fundamentals of building science including heat transfer, air flow issues, moisture control, and air quality concerns. You will also be able to describe the procedures required to install insulation and air/vapour barriers to meet building standards.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
JOBS 125
Essential Job Skills
1
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You will develop essential job skills by preparing job search documents and practicing effective interpersonal communication skills for the workplace.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
ROOF 220
Roof Coverings
1
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You will receive instruction and practice in applying asphalt, wood, and metal and fiberglass shingles. Flashing, and venting and eave protection will also be covered.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SCAF 120
Scaffolds and Rigging
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: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Work Based Delivery
STRS 120
Wood Stairs
4
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You will learn how to calculate and construct basic wood stairs. You will also learn how to calculate the dimensions for basic stairwell opening in residential construction.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WORK 125
Work Placement
0
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You will spend two weeks gaining experience in the construction industry. This will allow you to apply the technical skills and knowledge you acquired during the program. You will have the opportunity to select a company where you would like to complete your work experience.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 80.0
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 Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.

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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Part-Time Delivery

Some courses in this program might also be offered through part-time programming.

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