Get 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.
September - Moose Jaw and Prince Albert (domestic)
January - Moose Jaw (international)
Locations(s)Moose Jaw, Prince Albert
Carpentry is a 32-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
Trade to degree
- Each academic year, 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
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.
|Sample job title||NOC classification|
|Formwork carpenter||Carpenters (72310)|
|Finish carpenter||Carpenters (72310)|
|Renovation carpenter||Carpenters (72310)|
- Grade 10
- English Language Requirement
Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met.
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- 250 Arithmetic
- 243 Reading
- 236 Writing
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Admission methodFirst 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.
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2023-24 academic year
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