Carpenter apprentices spend half their time in a classroom learning the theoretical foundation for carpentry, including trade mathematics and the correct use and interpretation of
- shop drawings
- building codes
The remaining time is spent in a shop setting where the apprentices apply the theoretical concepts to real construction challenges. They learn how to build with a variety of materials, such as
Safety and safety awareness is a critical thread throughout all parts of the technical training at NAIT. Apprentices are required to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in
- the safe operation of portable and stationary power tools
- best practices employed by industry
- the interpretation and application of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety regulations
The first class of carpenter apprentices started at NAIT in January 1963. NAIT has 4 fully equipped shops dedicated to carpenter apprenticeship training, and trains 900 apprentices each year.
Tuition & Fees
- Recommended Path - Alberta High School Diploma with: English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20.
- Minimum Requirements - Successful completion of: English 10-2, Math 10-3, a pass mark in all 5 GED tests or Entrance Exam.
You must currently be employed in the trade. If you are not, you must first find an employer willing to hire an apprentice, then contact Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training to become a registered apprentice.
PPE Requirements: Safety shoes and safety glasses.
Scholarships & Bursaries
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.