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: $700
Semester 2: $600
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
- Grade 10 Math. The following courses can be used to meet this requirement: Math 10, 13, 24, Applied, Pure, 10C, or 10-3.
Successful completion of the entrance exam through Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) can be used in lieu of the English and Math requirements.
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
|All Weather Windows Entrance Scholarships||1200.00||1|
Available to students entering a program related to building construction and the building construction business. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence in high school or upgrading courses; financial need; and demonstrated leadership qualities and school or community involvement.
|Canadian Woodworking Machinery Distributors Association Cabinetmaking Bursary||300.00||1|
Available to students in the second semester of the Millwork & Carpentry program at NAIT specializing in cabinetmaking. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first semester and demonstrated financial need.
|Dr. Clarence Preitz Award for Outstanding Excellence - Spring||500.00||1|
Available to students of the Millwork and Carpentry program in the Cabinetmaker specialization. Awarded on the basis of outstanding craftsmanship demonstrated in the construction of a major project.
|Hopewell Capital Corporation - Millwork and Carpentry||1840.00||1|
Available to students enrolled in the second semester of the Millwork and Carpentry program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic achievement of 70% in the first semester of the program.
|International Skilled Trades Scholarship||2500.00||1|
Available to International students enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of a credit program in the School of Skilled Trades at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of highest academic achievement in the previous semester.
|The Princess Auto Foundation Bursaries - Millwork and Carpentry||2500.00||2|
Available to students enrolled in the Millwork and Carpentry program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic achievement of 70% in the first semester of the program.
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.