Carpenter (Pre-Employment)

In the Carpenter (Pre-Employment) Program, students will complete 29 of the 37 courses outlined in the Provincial Plan of Training for the Carpenter Apprenticeship. During this entry level program, students will learn the essential skills of the trade and will be prepared, upon graduation, to enter the workforce as a first year apprentice.

Once graduates earn employment as a Carpenter Apprentice, they are encouraged to contact the Division of Apprenticeship and Trades Certification of the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour to become a “Registered Apprentice.” Under the supervision of a Certified Journeyperson, the hours and competencies the apprentice earns will be then credited toward the qualifications required to become eligible to challenge the Interprovincial Exam.

For complete course details, click here for the Provincial Plan of Training for Carpenter.

Program Outline

Pre-Employment

AJ1121 Rigging

This rigging awareness course requires the use of rigging equipment, block and tackle, and safety equipment. It involves installing, testing and maintaining rigging; and tying knots and splicing rope. It includes information on safety requirements, types of ropes, types of knots and slings.

AJ2420 Post and Beam

This course in post and beam construction requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies and suitable facilities. It involves interpreting specifications and blueprints, layout, construction and installation, and clean up.

CAR225 Deck Layout and Framing

This course is designed to provide apprentice with information of the components, materials, accessories, and the procedures required to layout and construct decks.

CAR155 Concrete

This course is designed to provide apprentice with information regarding the characteristics and applications of concrete as well as, testing procedures, reinforcement and embedded materials, and the procedures used to place, finish and cure concrete.

AJ1160 Blueprint Reading

This blueprint reading course involves reading basic drawings and diagrams, basic sketching, and interpretation of specifications.

AJ1170 Residential Estimating

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills to read and interpret residential blueprint drawings and perform quantity takeoffs.

AJ1111 Carpentry Fundamentals

This course in carpentry fundamentals requires the use of basic tools and equipment, and suitable facilities. It involves reading specifications and drawings, selecting materials, layout, building practices and clean up. It includes information on constructing wood joints, and building equipment such as sawhorses, miter boxes, door jack, and oilstone cases.

AJ1201 Layout and Footings

This course in site preparation and formwork requires the use of tools and equipment and materials and supplies, and suitable facilities. It involves interpreting specifications and blueprints, layout, erecting batterboards, installing footing forms and cleaning up. It includes information on plot plans, foundation plans, layout and construction techniques.

AJ1211 Wall Forms

This course in wall forms requires the use of basic tools and equipment, materials and supplies, a surveyor’s level and suitable facilities. It involves interpreting specifications and blueprints, layout, constructing foundation walls, installing access for pouring concrete, stripping forms, foundation drainage and damp proofing and cleaning up. It includes information on layout techniques, types of wall forms and construction techniques.

AJ1221 Floor and Wall Framing

This course in framing requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies and suitable facilities. It includes interpreting information on plans, types of beams and columns, floors, walls, partitions, types of sheathing and construction techniques.

AJ1410 Interior Fundamentals

This course in interior fundamentals requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies and suitable facilities. It involves interpreting specifications and blueprints, layout, installation of interior wall and ceiling components, and clean up.

AJ1501 Interior Trim

This course in interior trim requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies, and suitable facilities. It involves interpretation of specifications, blueprints and layout. It also involves the installation of interior doors, windows and trim.

AJ1310 Roof Fundamentals

This course in roof fundamentals requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies and suitable facilities. It involves interpreting specifications and blueprints, building codes, layout, basic roof framing, installation of common coverings, and clean up.

AJ1231 Exterior Finish

This course in exterior finish requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies and suitable facilities. It includes information related to the installation of exterior frames, finishes and trim. Also information incorporated from blueprint sections, elevations and details.

AJ1601 Stair Fundamentals

This course in stair fundamentals requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies, and suitable facilities. It involves interpretation of specifications and blueprints, calculations, layout, construction and installation of basic stairs, and clean up.

AJ2430 Scaffolding

This course in scaffolding requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies and suitable facilities. It involves interpreting specifications, construction of wood scaffolds, and clean up. It includes information on the assembly of metal scaffolds.

TS1510 Occupational Health and Safety

This course is designed to give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to interpret the Occupational Health and Safety Act, laws and regulations; understand the designated responsibilities within the laws and regulations; the right to refuse dangerous work; and the importance of reporting accidents.

HE1620 Powerline Hazards

The course content and materials are provided and administered by the Workplace Health and Safety Compensation Commission (WHSCC).

The purpose of this training is to increase a participant’s awareness of the dangers of working near power lines and how to prevent injuries and death due to this work.

TS1520 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

This course is designed to give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to define WHMIS, examine hazard identification and ingredient disclosure, explain labeling and other forms of warning, and introduce material safety data sheets (MSDS).

TS1530 Standard First Aid

This course is designed to give the apprentice the ability to recognize situations requiring emergency action and to make appropriate decisions concerning first aid. Complete a St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid Certificate course.

LA1100 Confined Space Awareness

This course is designed to give participants the knowledge to properly prepare themselves to work in confined spaces.

AJ1760 Chain Saw Safety

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills to safely operate a chain saw.

LA1110 Fall Protection Awareness

This course is designed to give participants the required knowledge for the safe and efficient use and care of fall protection equipment so that they may work safely when off the ground or in areas where fall hazards exist.

CM2160 Communication Essentials

This course is designed to introduce students to the principles of effective communication including letters, memos, short report writing, oral presentations and interpersonal communications. A course given to meet the demands of today’s working standard.

SD1760 Workplace Essentials

A three-part series of topics including the importance of Quality and Customer Service in our competitive globe, Standards and Regulations in the Workplace, and Job Search Techniques.

MC1060 Computer Essentials

This course is designed to give the student an introduction to computer systems. Particular emphasis is given to word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail and the Internet and security issues.

AM1100 Math Essentials

This course in Basic Math requires knowledge of general mathematical concepts and processes to enable trades persons to function in the institutional setting by developing numeracy skills required for technical courses. This math course should also provide a foundation for experiential learning through knowledge of math relating to on-the-job skills and practices. A detailed course outline is available from Institutional and Industrial Education, Standards and Curriculum Division to training institutions upon request.

AP1100 Introduction to Apprenticeship

This course is designed to give participants the knowledge base and skills necessary to understand and successfully navigate the apprenticeship/red seal program.

Advanced Levels

Registered Apprentices (through Department of Education, Industrial Training Division) receive funding for the advanced blocks of training, pending they have attained the required work experience and are EI eligible.

Block 2

AJ2340 Advanced Roof Framing

This course in roof framing requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies, and suitable facilities. It involves interpreting specifications and blueprints, layout, installation and construction of hip and intersecting roofs, and clean up.

AJ1121 Rigging

This rigging awareness course requires the use of rigging equipment, block and tackle, and safety equipment. It involves installing, testing and maintaining rigging; and tying knots and splicing rope. It includes information on safety requirements, types of ropes, types of knots and slings.

AJ2420 Post and Beam

This course in post and beam construction requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies and suitable facilities. It involves interpreting specifications and blueprints, layout, construction and installation, and clean up.

Block 3

AJ2220 Structural Formwork

This course in structural formwork requires the use of basic tools and equipment, materials and supplies, leveling instruments and suitable facilities. It involves interpreting specifications and blueprints, layout, constructing and installing structural formwork, and cleaning up. It also includes information on various types of structural formwork.

AJ2230 Concrete Stair Forms

This course in concrete stair forms requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies, and suitable facilities. It involves interpretation of specifications and blueprints, calculations, layout, construction and installation of stair forms, and clean up.

AJ2100 Advanced Blueprint Reading

This course provides information and prescribes practical exercises to develop knowledge and skills to read and interpret commercial blueprint drawings and perform quantity takeoffs.

Block 4

AJ2600 Interior Finish Stairs

This course in stair construction requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies, and suitable facilities. It involves interpreting specifications and blueprints, layout, construction and installation of interior finish stairs, and clean up.

AJ2501 Cabinets and Shelving

This course in cabinets and shelving requires the use of tools and equipment, materials and supplies and suitable facilities. It involves interpreting specifications and blueprints, layout, construction and installation of cabinets and shelving, and clean up.

AJ2800 Renovations

This course provides information on how to plan and implement renovations to residential and commercial buildings.

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