The Calgary Catholic School District, in partnership with SAIT Polytechnic offers students an opportunity to earn a Dual-Credit Carpentry Certificate in addition to an Alberta High School Diploma upon completion of their Grade 12 year. This is a one year program (two semesters) offered to district students.
When is the parent/student information session?
An information session will be held at the SAIT Campus map for parents and students in May of 2018. Time and room location to be determined.
What is Dual-Credit Carpentry?
In the Dual-Credit Carpentry Program, high school students receive 240 hours of practical hands-on skill development in the SAIT Polytechnic Trades and Technology Complex and 135 hours of classroom instruction. The program also involves comprehensive safety training, exposure to drafting and blueprint reading and covers all first-year carpentry apprenticeship Individual Learning Modules (ILMs).
What does a carpenter do?
Carpenters play a critical role in the construction industry in all three sectors (residential, commercial and industrial). Carpenters crib basements; frame walls; install floor joists; build roof systems; install doors, windows and finishing details; and build concrete forms, scaffolding, trestles, tunnels, shelters and towers.
Who may enroll in this two-year program?
Students in Grade 10 or 11 who are applying for this program must have:
- HCS3000 WorkPlace Safety Systems
- Math 10C or Math 10-3
- English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2
- An understanding that this program is a two-semester commitment
- Attendance is a high priority in this program
A maximum of 16 students will be accepted each year in collaboration with CBE
How do students earn a SAIT Dual-Credit Carpentry Certificate while in high school?
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 SAIT Pre-Employment Carpentry program.
Are there any special program requirements?
There is no practicum. Students will receive 240 hours of practical hands-on skill development as part of the program. Interested students are eligible to challenge the Alberta Apprenticeship exam for first-year Apprenticeship Carpenter at the completion of the program.
Who will teach the courses?
SAIT instructors will deliver the program at the SAIT campus. Students will be supervised by a Calgary Catholic off-campus teacher. Students will access course content online through Brightspace. The program is delivered at SAIT main campus four days a week, Monday to Thursday, from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
How do students get to SAIT?
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SAIT. LRT access takes students right onto campus. Parking is available at a cost to the student.
Is there a cost to the program?
This program is free to all students who are enrolled in a Calgary Catholic high school. Students are responsible for the purchase of Individual Learning Modules. The Calgary Construction Association has generously supported this program, purchasing PPE and tools for student use. Cost of the program after high school if $4,400.
How to apply
Students apply at their high school through the counselor or career practitioner or off-campus teacher.
What the course load look like?
The program consists of two semesters beginning in a student’s Grade 11 year.
- Attend Parent & Student Information Session
- Complete application
- Complete HCS3000 (1 credit online CTS course)
Participants must be 15 years of age upon beginning the program.
Grade 11 or 12 (5 credits) Semester 1
- Drafting basics
- Introductory math concepts
- Use of hand tools, portable and stationary power tools
- Complete (CSTS) - Construction Safety Training Systems
Grade 11 or 12 (10 credits) Semester 2
- Basic blueprint reading
- Drafting skill development
- Framing principles
- Concrete foundations and flatwork
Hands on skills include:
- Wood joinery
- Use of manufactured construction products
- Explosive actuated and pneumatic tools
- Basic formwork and floor framing
- Finishing techniques
Hands-on skills include:
- Building stairs and decks
- Build small bungalow home
- Students find an employer willing to hire as an apprentice for RAP Placement
What are the advantages of enrolling in this program?
Successful graduates of the program will earn:
- 15 high school credits
- A SAIT Polytechnic Certificate of Completion in Dual-Credit Carpentry
- Eligibility to challenge the Alberta Apprenticeship exam for first-year Apprenticeship Carpenter
- This dual-credit program prepares students to enter the workforce with their first year of technical training to prepare them for a job as an Apprentice Carpenter