About the Program
Millwork and Carpentry is a dynamic program that prepares graduates for many exciting careers in the woodworking industries, including as a Cabinetmaker or a Carpenter. This program's practical and theoretical instruction is current, highly-applicable and develops skills while using NAIT's modern, well-equipped wood shops and high-tech classrooms and computer labs.
This semester offers an exploratory introduction to the two traditional woodworking trades, cabinetmaking and carpentry. Basic knowledge of woodworking skills and theory common to both trades is taught, with an emphasis on tools and safety. An in-depth knowledge of hand-tool use leads directly to power equipment operation, producing trained graduates with a broad knowledge and skill base required for today's workplace.
Students specialize in either the cabinetmaking or carpentry stream. Each stream emphasizes materials and techniques relevant to that trade specialization.
- The Cabinetmaking stream (Millwork), introduces students to construction of both upper and lower casework, complete with doors, drawer, mouldings, hardware and exposure to a variety of different materials used in the trade.
- The Carpentry stream provides an introduction to residential home construction in foundations, framing and finishing carpentry.
This semester allows for the development of graduates' self-confidence and additional skill development. At the end of the semester, students complete a three-week Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience related to their stream. (NOTE: The student must have passed all the courses to be eligible to partake in the WIL component.) Curriculum for both streams covers material outlined in first- and second-year apprenticeship programs, focusing on preparing students to challenge the first-year Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) exams.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $150
Tuition Cap: $1,883
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $800
Semester 2: $500
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
- Grade 10 English and Math
- Grade 10 Math acceptable: 10, 13, 24, Applied, Pure, 10C, 10-3
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Accreditation & Industry Certification
Millwork and Carpentry graduates are provided with the opportunity to receive two (2) months of technical training credit toward an apprenticeship contract when signed in carpentry or cabinet-making. To challenge the apprenticeship exams, the following fees are payable prior to taking the exams: $150 for the written exam and $75 (including GST) for the practical exam. The minimum pass mark for each exam is 70%.
Note: To receive this credit, students must obtain a minimum mark of 70% in all classes; otherwise, they will not be eligible to challenge the apprenticeship exam.
Scholarships & Bursaries
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.