Program Overview

Note: The winter 2021 Moose Jaw intake of this program is suspended.

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).

Learning Environment

Each academic year, there are 28 students are accepted at the Moose Jaw campus and 24 students are accepted at the Prince Albert campus.

As a student, you will experience engaging classroom instruction combined with practical hands-on training in a shop setting. A two-week work-placement is also part of the training. A certified journeyperson carpenter will give instruction in both the shop and classroom.

Class hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily. As a student, you will complete approximately 10-12 hours of homework each week outside of class time. Time management skills are essential. There are numerous group projects that will require you to work as part of a team.

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
FramerCarpenters (7271)$34,100 - $72,800
Concrete FormerConcrete Finisher (7282)$38,500 - $77,000
Exterior/Interior FinisherConstruction Trades Helpers and Labourers (7611)$31,200 - $60,400

What's the Work Like?

  • Read and interpret construction drawings and sketches to determine building requirements.
  • Prepare layouts in conformance to building codes using measuring tools
  • Measure, cut, shape, and assemble materials made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials
  • Perform physically demanding tasks that may include building foundations, installing floor beams, laying subflooring and putting up walls and roof systems
  • Fit and install trim items, such as doors, stairs, moulding and hardware
  • Maintain, repair and renovate homes and wooden structures in mills, mines, hospitals, industrial plants and other establishments
  • Work in a variety of weather conditions including rain and cold.
  • Supervise apprentices and other construction workers
  • May prepare project cost estimates for clients.

Below is a list of skills (with examples) that are important in this line of work. This section is based on the Essential Skills Profiles developed and available through the Government of Canada.

  • Reading workplace safety materials, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to understand the chemical composition and hazards of products, such as adhesives.
  • Read instructions and procedures contained in manuals, e.g. read construction manuals to learn how to build structures, such as domed roofs and circular stairwells.
  • Read and interpret building codes, regulations, bylaws and standards, e.g. read building codes to determine the minimum height of railings and banisters.
  • Observe symbols, icons and signs, e.g. scan signs at new job sites to identify workplace hazards and safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers.
  • Complete complex entry forms, e.g. complete forms, such as building permits, by entering data, such as dates, times, durations, quantities and specifications.
  • Study assembly drawings, e.g. scan assembly drawings to learn how to assemble demountable wall systems.
  • May describe project details on estimate sheets, change orders and work orders, e.g. explain the procedures for construction projects on job estimates.
  • Write comments in forms and schedules, e.g. write comments in job hazard assessment forms to notify co-workers about obstacles, such as overhead power lines.
  • May write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards.
  • Take a variety of measurements using basic tools, e.g. measure the dimensions of window openings using tape measures.
  • May estimate the material requirements for projects, e.g. estimate the amount of nails required for a project, in kilograms. They consider project scope and the materials needed for similar jobs in the past.
  • Calculate runs, rises and offsets, e.g. calculate the required lengths of stringers, stairway rises and runs and the offsets needed to construct around obstacles.
  • Speak with suppliers to learn about products, prices and delivery schedules.
  • Speak with customers to learn about projects, explain procedures, answer questions and address complaints.
  • May provide detailed instructions to co-workers, e.g. provide detailed instructions to apprentices about the safe use of powder actuated tools.
  • Decide the order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide the order in which to construct project elements, such as floors and walls.
  • Choose tools, methods and products for construction projects, e.g. consider project specifications, building codes and the availability of time and labour.
  • Evaluate the safety of work sites. They observe electrical, slipping and fall hazards and the location of safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers.
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements.
  • May use spreadsheets to tally costs for job estimates and invoices.
  • May use computer-controlled layout equipment, such as total stations and smart levels, to measure distances, horizontal angles and vertical angles.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

 September (Prince Albert), January (Moose Jaw)

Length: 30 weeks

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  • Moose Jaw
  • Prince Albert


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.


  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 243 Reading
  • 236 Writing

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 approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.


2020/21 Academic Year


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Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.  See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for courses in this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

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. 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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Additional Information

  • Personal Readiness
  • Applicants who are indigenous, newcomers, have a disability or are women may qualify for Creating Opportunities for Entry Into the Trades (COET) funding. Find out more.

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