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Program Start: 22 August 2022 - In Session
Location: Nipawin
Credit Granting Institution: Sask Polytech
Length: 18 weeks


This applied certificate program develops the skills you need to work in residential and commercial construction and related industries. Instruction will include, but will not be limited to: blueprints and quantity survey, concrete, foundations, framing, interior finishes, roof coverings, and scaffolds. Trade time and academic credit may be available for graduates who find employment in the trade and register as apprentices.


  • Grade 10
  • English Language Requirement
Tuition: $3,400*
Books & Supplies: $1,200*
Student Fees: $100
Health & Dental Plan: $252*
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.


Toolkit Cost:  $250* 

Prior to program start you are required to purchase ankle covering steel-toed boots with a green patch (CSA grade 1 composite toe, composite plate).  We recommend you budget $200 for these boots.



Graduates may find employment with general contractors, interior and exterior subcontractors or framing contractors.

Carpentry includes the following courses

Building Materials (MATE 126)

You will learn to identify different types of wood and non-wood products used in the construction industry as well as various types of mechanical and non-mechanical fasteners and anchors.

Concrete (CONC 122)

You will learn the skills required to test, place, consolidate, finish, and cure concrete. Concrete maintenance and repair will also be covered.

Construction Documents (BPRT 127)

You will learn how to identify and use basic construction drawings to determine the location, sizes, and types of materials required for residential buildings. You will also be able to interpret building codes and permits.

Essential Job Skills (JOBS 125)

You will develop essential job skills by preparing job search documents and practicing effective interpersonal communication skills for the workplace.


Equivalent Course(s):  COMM 106, COMM 127, HUMR 102, TCOM 102, TCOM 105

Floor Framing (FRMG 220)

You will learn to assemble various types of floor systems as well as procedures for installing floor sheathing. You will also learn basic principles required for deck construction.

Foundations (FNDT 120)

You will learn how to construct and install formwork for footings, grade beams, and slabs-on-grade. Various types of concrete formwork will be covered as well as procedures for installing reinforcing materials, miscellaneous inserts, and anchor bolts. Procedures for constructing permanent wood foundations will also be covered.

Projects (PROJ 122)

You will apply the skills and knowledge acquired in EQPT 126 (Tools) to construct shop projects. Hands-on experience will help you acquire skills in using common tools of the trade.

Roof Trusses (FRMG 250)

You will learn how to lay out, assemble, erect and brace engineered roof trusses.

Safety Awareness (SFTY 129)

You will learn to apply occupational health and safety regulations. You will be able to identify and describe personal protective equipment, fall protection, working environment hazards, and industrial health hazards.

Scaffolds and Rigging (SCAF 120)

You will receive the theory and hands on experience needed for the safe use of ladders, ramps and runways used in construction. The course content includes erecting, maintaining and dismantling various types of access scaffolds and rigging and hoisting equipment.

Site Layout (CNST 126)

You will learn how to calculate and establish construction elevations using builder’s levels. You will be able to describe the procedures for performing as well as establish building lines using hand tools. You will also learn how to transfer elevations using a laser level

Tools (EQPT 126)

You will learn how to select and properly use a wide variety of hand tools, portable power tools and stationary tools and equipment. You will also learn how to identify and use powder actuated tools.


Corequisite:  PROJ 122

Trade Math (MATH 140)

You will study basic math operations involving whole numbers, common and decimal fractions, percentages, and ratios and proportions. You will also perform length, area and volume calculations, and conversions involving the Imperial and Metric systems of measurement.

Wall Framing (FRMG 221)

You will learn how to construct wood frame walls, steel stud walls and ceiling joists. Installing strapping, blocking and furring is also covered

Work Experience - Carpentry (WORK125)

You will spend two weeks gaining experience in the construction industry. This will allow you to apply the technical skills and knowledge you acquired during the program. You will have the opportunity to select a company where you would like to complete your work experience.

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