If you take pride in creating with your hands and want to hone your expertise in woodcraft, it's time to take your carpentry career further with the Carpenter Apprenticeship program. The Carpenter Apprenticeship prepares you for everything from framing to concrete work and all the finishing touches in between.

Offered through Competency Based Apprenticeship Training (CBAT), the Carpenter Apprenticeship mixes on-the-job training with technical theory, splitting your time between the field and specialized courses. In our state-of-the-art shops, you’ll work with the latest industry-standard equipment and learn from instructors as they share the tips, techniques and practical experiences they learned on the job.

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Career Opportunities

You’ll have plenty of options available to you following the completion of your apprenticeship. Keep your career goals in mind as you find employment as a(n):

  • Apprentice Carpenter
  • Construction Superintendent
  • Contractor
  • Foreman/Forewoman
  • Journeyman Carpenter
  • Subcontractor

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Late August

Credential / Accreditation

Certified 'Journeyman' Papers


8 weeks

Dates and Deadlines

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Academic Centre

Centre for Trades


This program is not available for International Students.

Academic requirements
  • Successful completion of English 10-2 and Math 10-3, or a pass mark in all Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests, or entrance exam.
  • English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20 and related Career and Technology Studies (CTS) recommended.

Additional information on apprenticeship and industry training is available on Alberta's Tradesecrets website.

To arrange a tour, call 403.320.3366 or toll-free 1.800.572.0103.

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board

Provincial Building, Room 280
200 - 5th Avenue South
Lethbridge AB   T1J 4C7

Telephone: 1-800-248-4823
Outside of North America: 1-403-476-9757
Fax: 403-381-5795

Ask about the Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship Program. You might discover you’re eligible for a financial award!


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Delivery Formats

The Carpentry program is an apprenticeship program delivered face-to-face on campus but may have some blended and hyflex components.


Apprenticeship programs require eight to 12 weeks of classroom training each year in addition to on-the-job training. You’ll work with an employer and our experienced instructors to gain the best of both worlds as you work and earn money while training.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Apprenticeship programs require 8 weeks of classroom training each year in addition to on-the-job training.

Courses include:
  • Building layout
  • Concrete
  • Estimating and plans
  • Foundation
  • Hand and power tools
  • Residential roofs


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Tuition and Fees

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Year 3
Year 4
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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

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