CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
WoodstockSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
St. AndrewsSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MiramichiSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Carpentry is a performance-driven career. Carpenters work with their hands to construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures for residential and light commercial use. In addition to practical skills such as framing walls, siding and drywall installation, constructing wooden forms for pouring concrete, and erecting scaffolding, you’ll also learn about codes, standards, and quality concepts that apply to carpentry. As experts in home and business improvement, carpenters are called upon to make dreams possible and lives easier and more enjoyable.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one academic year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate, you may find employment with general contractors, interior and exterior sub-contractors or framing contractors. You will be prepared for entry-level work with small or large residential or commercial construction companies.

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    Specific Considerations

    This occupation requires physical fitness, good coordination, and strong math skills, including geometry, algebra and some trigonometry. The hours of work may be irregular and may include shift work, weekends, and holidays.

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    Students interpret information from the National Building Code of Canada and apply it across all program related tasks and projects.

    Participants identify and describe precision instruments, establish elevations, grades and lines and perform site layout calculations to set up precision instruments and to establish lines and elevations.


    • SECU1221F

    Students demonstrate safe practices in the use and maintenance of rigging and lifting equipment and erecting temporary structures such as scaffolding and hoarding. Focus is on personal and workplace safety in a construction environment.


    • SECU1221F

    Apprentices acquire the knowledge and skills required to work with the product including the testing, placement, consolidation, finishing and curing of concrete.


    • SECU1221F

    Students participate in learning activities designed to provide the knowledge and hands-on skill development required to build stairs and stairwell components. They learn to complete both interior and exterior stairs to industry standard.


    • CRPT1023E

    Students are challenged to design roofs that meet code requirements, construct and install roof framing, install roof sheathing and calculate the amount of material required to frame and sheath a roof.


    • CRPT1023E

    Students learn to identify and use small portable and stationary power tools required in the construction trade. They also use a variety of required equipment to move, hoist and handle tools and equipment as required by the tasks assigned.


    • SECU1221F

    Students participate in the construction and installation of wall and partition framing, the calculation of materials and the installation of wall sheathing using air and moisture control products.


    • CRPT1023E
    • SECU1221F

    Students become familiar with wood and wood products typically required and used on a construction site. They learn to determine the appropriate material for a given task and to calculate the required amount for a project and/or simulated exercise.


    • SECU1221F

    Students participate actively in the preparation of a concrete foundation and the construction and installation of grade beams, footings and slab-on-grade forms. They participate in a project that incorporates full-size formwork or the development of a scale model.


    • SECU1221F

    This course is designed to introduce students to the function, construction and installation of beams and beam supports in framing and practice. Students learn to calculate materials required for a specific task.  Practical application is gained as students participate in the construction and installation of floor, ceiling, and deck framing and the installation of floor sheathing.


    • CRPT1023E
    • SECU1221F

    This course introduces the students to metal, plastic and composite products used in the construction process and the adhesives, sealants, fillers and fasteners that are used in conjunction with both wood and non-wood products.

    The purpose of the 4-week practicum course is to provide students with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables students to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum exposes the students to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    In this course, the students are presented with a balance of theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics. Instructional emphasis is focussed on the information, principles and formulas required to perform trade related mathematical calculations.


    • MATH1208

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.

    In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

    This course provides carpentry students with a working knowledge of basic sketching practices and print reading. They develop the ability to extract information from trade related drawings, specifications and graphs for residential, commercial and industrial practices.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    This course provides students with an understanding of:

    - their responsibilities when working in areas where fall hazards exist;

    - the use of and inspection of the required equipment; and

    - the critical controls necessary to reduce the risk of a fall.

    Note:  This course may be delivered at the discretion of the college.

    This course provides students with an understanding of the hazards related to working in a confined space environment. It looks at the proper safe work practice and procedures for confined spaces as well as rescue considerations.

    Note:  The delivery timeline of this course is at the discretion of the campus.

    NOC Codes

    7271 - Carpenters
    7272 - Cabinetmakers
    7291 - Roofers and shinglers
    7611 - Construction trades helpers and labourers

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