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Carpenter Apprenticeship

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. Complete your Carpenter Apprenticeship training with Northern Lakes College and learn from field-experienced tradespeople so you are ready to hit the ground running. Start your carpenter trade certification today!

We offer the following Carpenter apprenticeships:

All face-to-face lab components are completed at the Slave Lake Trades and Technology Centre. Student housing is available.

Not sure where to start in your trades’ career? See the Trades Pathway document to help you determine where to begin. 

Program Dates

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Carpenter First Period Onsite: Slave Lake - February 28, 2022 - April 22, 2022
Carpenter Second Period Onsite: Slave Lake - October 25, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Carpenter Third Period Onsite: Slave Lake - August 30, 2021 - October 22, 2021
Carpenter Fourth Period Onsite: Slave Lake - January 4, 2022 - February 25, 2022

Applicants qualified by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training may apply up to 1 week prior to the program start date.

Areas of Study

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The Carpenter Apprenticeship First Period program will help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to be successful. Carpentry courses include:

  • Safety and Building Materials
  • Tools
  • Site Preparation, Building Layout, Foundations, and Floor Systems
  • Residential Estimating and Drawing Interpretation
  • Lab / Shop

Carpenter Apprenticeship Second Period courses include:

  • Frame Structures
  • Wood Frame Roofs
  • Interior and Exterior Finishes
  • Wood Stairs
  • Light Commercial Estimating and Drawing Interpretation
  • Lab / Shop

Carpenter Apprenticeship Third Period courses include:

  • Concrete and Building Layout
  • Commercial Form Work
  • Commercial Interiors and Exteriors
  • Commercial Estimating and Drawing Interpretation
  • Lab / Shop

Carpenter Apprenticeship Fourth Period courses include:

  • Workplace Organization and Interior Finishes
  • Advanced Roof Framing and Stairs
  • Renovations, Building Design, Energy Efficiency, and Building Science
  • Industrial Estimating and Drawing Interpretation
  • Lab / Shop

See the carpenter occupational profile on Alis Alberta.

Career Potential

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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 per 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.

Further Educational Opportunities

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Once you have your Journeyman Certificate, you can pursue becoming Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsed or an Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Certificate. Continuing Education & Corporate Training offers management courses for Blue Seal.