Pre-Employment Carpentry

We offer this free one-year program for students in grades 10-12 in partnership with SAIT. 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 their industry—they may be involved in cribbing a basement, building a house frame 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.

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 fulfills Alberta Education, Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training and the program's requirements.  

Program Benefits 

Successful graduates of the program will earn:

  • 15 high school credits
  • A SAIT Certificate of Completion in Pre-Employment Carpentry

Enrolment Requirements 

Students 15 years of age or older must:

  • Have completed HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems
  • Complete the following high school courses while enrolled in the program:
    • Math 10C, 10-2 or 10-3
    • ELA 10-1 or 10-2

Class Times

Students learn from SAIT instructors on campus Monday to Thursday, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., and are supervised by a CCSD off-campus teacher. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SAIT.


Tuition is free for CCSD students; the cost of the program after high school is roughly $4,450. Students are required to purchase Individual Learning Modules (ILM’s) and personal protective equipment. 


Students can apply at their high school through their counsellor, career practitioner or Off-Campus Education teacher. See here for detailed Dual Credit Pre-Employment Carpentry information.