In this certificate program, students will learn to construct and repair buildings and other structures made of wood, wood substitutes, steel and other materials. With experience from the program, learners will have the potential to work in a variety of environments and have trade-specific knowledge to complete tasks to industry standards. Students will have the opportunity to complete a two-week practicum placement and take the first-year apprentice prior learning assessment exam at the conclusion of the program.

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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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September and January

Credential / Accreditation



15 weeks

Dates and Deadlines

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Program Availability
Domestic Status
International Status
International Status with Study Permit


This program is not available for International Students.

New applicants are accepted into the Pre-Carpenter program for the Fall (September) or Winter (January) terms. 

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs.

Academic Requirements
  • Math 10C or Math 10-3, Pure Math 10, or Applied Math 10
  • English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2
Non-Academic Requirements
  • The ability to lift heavy objects weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
  • Good physical coordination and manual dexterity
  • Mechanical ability
  • Good hearing and colour vision
  • The ability to work as a member of a team and adapt to changing tasks and locations
  • Responsibility to do all work tasks expected of a journeyperson
Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Pre-Carpenter certificate.

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Delivery Formats

The Pre-Carpenter Certificate program is delivered on campus through an apprenticeship-style training but may have some blended and hyflex components.


This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.


This program is offered both on-campus and online; lectures and hands-on training opportunities are delivered through video conference, allowing students the option to attend classes in-person or remotely.

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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Year 1
Term I
CRP-1100Safety and Bldg Materials3
CRP-1102Site Preparation3
CRP-1103Res. Estimating & Drawing Interpration6
CRP-1104Practicum Placement1.5
 Total Credits19.5

Upon successful completion of The Pre-Carpenter program, you will:

  • be prepared to write the First Period Alberta Apprenticeship Examination.
  • be prepared to be employed within the Carpentry industry in Alberta.
  • have learned valuable employability skills including cover letter and resume writing, and interview skills.
  • obtain a Letter of Recognition.
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