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Apprenticeship

Carpenter

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School

The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.

Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Periods

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be a carpenter. You want to construct, renovate and repair buildings and structures made of wood, wood substitutes, steel and other materials.

But you need to learn more, like how to crib the basement in a residential job, or how to install doors, windows, flooring, cabinets, stairs, handrails, panelling, moulding and ceiling tiles. Maybe you want to learn how to build concrete forms for commercial and industrial jobs, as well as scaffolding, bridges, trestles, tunnels, shelters, towers and other structures.

At NAIT, we’ve been training Carpenter apprentices

since 1963

We’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

If you take pride in creating things with your hands and honing your expertise in woodcraft, then you will enjoy working as a carpenter.

Depending on the job, carpenters can work both indoors and outdoors and can be subject to seasonal unemployment. They may be required to work alone or in teams to complete the work.

Training at NAIT

The Carpenter apprenticeship term is:

  • 4 years (four 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1560 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 8 weeks of technical training each year

We have 4 fully equipped shops dedicated to carpenter apprenticeship training. We are able to train up to 900 apprentices per year.

You can expect to spend, on average, 30 hours per week in classes and working in the shop.

Enter the workforce with confidence

As a carpenter, you’ll be employed by construction contractors, be self-employed or conduct construction or maintenance work for government agencies, utility companies or manufacturing firms. Employment opportunities can vary depending on the sector and your specialization.

Experienced carpenters can advance to become a supervisor, subcontractor, construction superintendent or contractor. Carpenters are involved in every phase of construction and tend to have an overall knowledge of the construction cycle that is advantageous when applying for supervisory positions.

Resources

Have questions? We've got answers

For more information about the Carpenter program at NAIT

Roger Cloutier, Program Chair 
Email: rogerc@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.8665

 



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How to Apply

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Scholarships & Awards

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Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Once your training has been completed, you’ll be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in safety, building materials, hand and power tools, site preparation and building layout, foundation, floor frame and estimating and plans.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in frame structures, residential roofs, interior and exterior finishes, wood stairs, estimating and plans

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in safety, concrete, building layout, commercial formwork, commercial interiors, timber construction, estimating and plans.

Period 4

The fourth period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in workplace organization and safety, interior finishes, exterior finishes, roof frame and stairs, building design and renovation, energy efficiency and building science, and estimating and plans.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $285.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 2

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $195.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $310.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 4

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $310.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

Explore our available Scholarships and Bursaries

Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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