Carpenter (Pre-Employment)

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Duration: 36 weeks. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Construction, Trades & Mining
Certification: Diploma of Vocational Education
Entrance Requirements: Please click here

Program Description

The 9-month Carpenter (Pre-Employment) Diploma program is a provincially-accredited apprenticeship program that was developed by government and approved by the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board. The program provides students with a wide range of skills that are needed to work as a first-year apprentice, including those related to safety, blueprint reading, estimating, layouts and footings, interior/exterior finish, stairs, floor and wall finishes and many others. Most courses are designed in such a way that students spend time divided equally between the classroom and carpentry shop.

Please note that due to the nature of this career, employees are required to tolerate regular physical activity during the course of their work day. If you have any medical concerns, please contact your admissions officer to ensure you are aware of the requirements of the occupation and to determine if you are eligible for accommodations in this program.

Apprenticeship Training

The Carpenter (Pre-Employment) program is an apprenticeship trades program. Courses completed at Academy Canada meet the requirements to become a first-year apprentice. Once this training is completed and the graduate obtains their first position in the trade, s/he must register as an Apprentice with the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. Government will then cover the costs associated with regular advanced training as the apprentice gains experience and works towards completing their Journeyperson exam. Passing this examination will result in receiving Red Seal Certification.

Program Courses

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Residential Estimating
  • Carpentry Fundamentals
  • Layout and Footings
  • Wall Forms
  • Concrete
  • Floor and Wall Framing
  • Interior Fundamentals
  • Interior Trim
  • Post and Beam
  • Roof Fundamentals
  • Exterior Finish
  • Deck Layout and Framing
  • Stair Fundamentals
  • Scaffolding
  • Rigging
  • Powerline Hazards
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • Chain Saw Safety
  • Fall Protection Awareness
  • Introduction to Apprenticeship
  • Introduction to Essential Skills
  • Math Essentials
  • Carpenter Math Fundamentals
  • Communication Essentials
  • Workplace Essentials
  • Computer Essentials


Upon successful completion of this program, graduates may be eligible for employment (depending on specific hiring practices) in various sectors of the construction industry. Opportunities also exist for self-employment. A small sample of Academy Canada’s excellent employers include:

  • Humber Valley Resort
  • KSAB Construction Ltd.
  • Garardo Construction
  • St. George’s Construction
  • Nolan’s Construction
  • Voisey’s Bay
  • Harris’s Construction
  • Johnston Construction
  • Linden Landscape and Construction, NS
  • Hibernia
  • Allied Construction
  • A1 Carpentry

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