What to Expect
The Carpenter program follows the current Alberta Apprenticeship Course Outline (pdf) to ensure all students are provided with appropriate training experiences to successfully pass their apprenticeship examinations.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average
- 30 hours per week attending classes and working in the shop
Training is provided in the Industrial Technical Building (V building) at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton, where there are 4 fully equipped shops dedicated to carpenter apprenticeship training.
Is This Program For You?
Carpenter work is most rewarding for those who take pride in creating a variety of things with their hands and honing their expertise in woodcraft. To be successful in the trade, carpenters need
- the ability to stand, crouch and kneel for long periods of time
- manual dexterity
- balance for working on scaffolding
- the ability to lift between 11 and 25 kilograms
- the ability to solve arithmetic problems quickly and accurately
- the ability to get along well with others on a work team
The School of Skilled Trades wants our first-year students to become confident in their abilities, get connected to NAIT through groups, peers and staff, be supported personally and academically, get motivated to complete their program and most importantly enjoy the learning environment here at NAIT.
Being an apprentice student is quite different from being a full-time student. Apprentices are in school for short periods of time and some programs are on satellite campuses. Our goal is to improve communication with apprentices on all campuses to ensure you have access to all the services we have to offer at NAIT for you to be successful.
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- Apprenticeship Information
- Frequently asked questions about NAIT apprenticeship
- Frequently asked questions about the apprenticeship process
Women in Technology and Trades
The Carpenter program is supported by Women in Technology and Trades (WITT), an offering of NAIT Student Engagement. The goal of WITT is to ensure that all female students are aware of and prepared for the career opportunities that are available to them in diverse technical fields. Throughout the year, WITT provides networking events, lunch and learns, mentorship opportunities and support services that are available to women in technology and trades programs at NAIT.