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Carpenter Apprenticeship

Have you always enjoyed working with tools? Consider a career as a carpenter, a field that is in high demand. Northern Lakes College offers the Carpenter Apprenticeship First Period through Fourth Period programs that you need to advance your skill set and become an Alberta Certified Journeyman. It will also give you the skills and theory you need to succeed when you write the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training theory and practical exams. 

The term of apprenticeship for a carpenter is 4 years (four 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year. For more details about the Carpenter Apprenticeship click here. 


Career Options

Most carpenters are employed by general contractors, are self-employed, or do construction or maintenance work for government agencies, utility companies or manufacturing firms. Employment prospects for carpenters vary considerably depending upon the sector or type of employer.

Journeyperson wage rates vary, but generally range from $25 to $38 an hour plus benefits.

The carpentry trade can be a stepping stone to unlimited possibilities. Carpenters may advance to foreman, subcontractor, construction superintendent or contractor. They are involved in every phase of construction, and create the base buildings that most trades will follow in the construction cycle. This overall knowledge is an advantage when applying for supervisory positions. (Source:

Apprentice Funding

​​​Northern Lakes College is here to assist you with your educational goals and to help you explore different funding avenues.

For designated Red Seal trades, there is a variety of government funding available, including a loan with an interest-free period and grants. Click here for more information. If you want to learn more about Red Seal designation and see a listing of Red Seal Trades in Alberta click here.

We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact our Student Awards Administrator.

Student Awards Administrator Phone: (780) 849-8723​ Toll Free 1-866-652-3456 Email