If you are interested in framing, cabinet making, furniture making or general construction skills required to start your career in carpentry, this program will provide you with the basics. Carpenters work with timber to construct, install and maintain buildings, furniture, and other objects as well as foundation preparation and footings. The Pre Employment Carpenter program prepares the graduate to perform entry level residential construction and remodeling. The program also focuses on worksite fundamentals including occupational health and safety training, blueprint reading and applicable trade math skills as well as industry standard practices and procedures associated with the trade.
Upon successful completion of the pre-employment program, students who meet the apprenticeship requirements for the trade (see www.tradesecrets.org) are eligible to write the first period apprenticeship exam. (There is a fee, payable to Apprenticeship and Industry Training, to write the exam. This fee is in addition to tuition, books and supplies.) CSA approved personal protective equipment is required to complete the practical portion of this program. You may be required to purchase other tools and equipment for your chosen trade.
Course Curriculum Includes:
- PEC 6001 Safety
- PEC 6002 Building Materials
- PEC 6003 Hand and Power Tools
- PEC 6004 Site Preparation and Building Layout
- PEC 6005 Foundation
- PEC 6006 Floor Frame
- PEC 6007 Estimating and Plans
- WHMIS Awareness
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
The outline for first period Carpenter is available at
- Minimum of 18 years of age upon completion of the program
- High School Diploma or equivalent OR:
- Mature students will be evaluated on an individual basis and can apply under Alternate Admissions Status (an entrance exam may be required).
Please use the Registration and forms below. Refer to the Program Factsheet for complete Admission Requirements.
Course Location: Olds College Campus, Ag. Mech Building
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuition: $4,550.00 (includes books and student fees)
Additional Fee for First Period apprenticeship exam $150.00 (approximately) payable first day of class.
A $500.00 non-refundable tuition deposit is due on acceptance to the program. This deposit is applied toward your tuition fee to secure your placement in the program.
To apply please provide transcripts along with a completed Olds College Application for Admission form to: