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 at Lethbridge College.

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Carpenters shape the world – from major construction projects like bridges and buildings to the small finishing touches a new homeowner can be proud of. You can further your opportunities in this fundamental trade with a Carpenter Apprenticeship.

Carpentry incorporates everything from framing to concrete work, and the Carpenter Apprenticeship program prepares you for it all.

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.

You’ll gain skills in reading blueprints, joining materials, coordinating projects and much more. Combining your attention to detail with the skills and experience you develop during your apprenticeship, you’ll be ready for the diverse career options ahead.

Build your future today – apply to the Carpenter Apprenticeship!

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
  • journeyman carpenter
  • foreman
  • subcontractor
  • construction superintendent
  • contractor
Duration: 4 years
Credential: Certified 'Journeyman' Papers
Delivery Format

A blended course is intentionally designed to include continuum of both face to face/on-campus and online delivery. This includes both synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous learning strategies (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Communication, instruction and assessment components of a blended course provide consistent information but go further by enhancing and supplementing each other. Students may complete some of their lessons online and may also be required to come to campus.


Learning does not occur at the same time or same place. Instructor provides materials including online readings, recorded lectures or presentations, posted lecture notes, video content, assignments and exams for online completion. Students access the course materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by the instructor.


Learning happens in real time. Student and instructors interact and engage with each other in a specific virtual space, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. This can include video conferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.


Learning Environment

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

Courses include:

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

View the full course outline for the Carpenter Apprenticeship.

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 recommended.

Please note: You must be a registered apprentice to apply for this program. Information on how to become a registered apprentice is available on the Alberta Government's website.

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


You can apply for apprenticeship and industry training through MyTradesecrets.

To arrange a tour, call 403-320-3322 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!

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $784.00 $141.25 $264.60
Year 2 $784.00 $141.25 $153.75
Year 3 $784.00 $141.25 $145.65
Year 4 $784.00 $141.25 $152.35

Our Budget Wizard is a free self-service tool that can help you make sense of your finances and the cost of your education. Give it a try!

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Investing in your future

When local businesses need skilled workers, they look to Lethbridge College. Many of the tradespeople building homes, businesses and even our new Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility have learned their craft right here. And those individuals continue to support our students long after they graduate. Which means, as the next generation, you benefit from:

  • state-of-the-art facilities
  • the latest industry-standard tools
  • available scholarships

From LC student to business owner

“If you enjoy construction, you enjoy woodworking – go into carpentry.”

Trades are in need of workers like you

A cultural shift towards university education and bachelor degrees has meant an aging population in the trades has fewer and fewer skilled workers to pass the hammer to. Regardless of the economy, trades are an essential component of any society, and a downturn is the perfect time to retrain for the job openings that are coming. Check out the Canadian Government’s job market profile for a look at your prospects in carpentry.

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Ryan Carey

Ryan works as a Red Seal journeyman carpenter with Urban Timber Reclaimed Wood Co. He has always had a passion for building and reclaiming anything he could get his hands on. He has a crafty eye for design. His sister, Jamie, and his fiancée, Nicole Reynolds, call him the “Martha Stewart” of carpenters.

Rob Burton

Receiving a Top 40 under 40 award from the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce in 2016, Rob was recognized for his innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and excellence in his field. In 2008. Rob founded Ramton Homes, a home builder in Lethbridge, and works there with his wife, Amy. The company won an award of excellence from the Canadian Home Builders Association.

– From Fall 2016 Wider Horizons

From here to . . . here: success stories from our own halls

Your classroom, our shop

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