In partnership with SAIT, the district offers students a free one-year program to earn a Pre-Employment Carpentry Certificate while in high school.
About the program
Carpenters work in many areas of construction, including residential, commercial, industrial and maintenance projects. Most carpenters are involved in reading blueprints, selecting materials and methods of work, measuring, cutting and joining materials.
Carpenters' duties vary depending on the industry in which they work; residential, commercial, and industrial or maintenance construction. They may be involved in cribbing the basement, building the house framework or exterior finish, or building bridges, tunnels and towers. Carpenters may also specialize in one type of work such as framing, bench work or finishing carpentry.
Students will attend SAIT to complete their first period of technical training in the Pre-Employment Carpentry Program. The program involves comprehensive safety training, exposure to drafting and blueprint reading and covers all first-year carpentry apprenticeship Individual Learning Modules (ILMs).
Students complete their High School Diploma requirements using SAIT Carpentry courses as CTS Credits. This program has been designed to fulfill requirements of Alberta Education, Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training, and the Pre-Employment Carpentry Program.
SAIT instructors will deliver the program on-campus at SAIT four days a week, Mondays to Thursdays, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Students will be supervised by a Calgary Catholic off-campus teacher.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SAIT as well as the cost of purchasing Individual Learning Modules (ILM’s) and personal protective equipment.
Tuition is free for students enrolled in a Calgary Catholic high school. The cost of the program after high school is approximately $4,450.
Students in Grade 11 or 12 who are applying for this program must:
- Have completed HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems
- Have completed the following high school courses:
- Math 10C or 10-3
- ELA 10-1 or 10-2
Successful graduates of the program will earn:
- 15 high school credits
- A SAIT Certificate of Completion in Pre-Employment Carpentry
Students can apply at their high school through their counsellor, career practitioner or off-campus teacher.