Carpentry – Diploma

Learn all aspects of carpentry, from construction safety and the use of hand tools, to building science, floor and wall framing and exterior finishing.

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Burridge Campus • Yarmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Cumberland Campus • Springhill • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Kingstec Campus • Kentville • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Pictou Campus • Stellarton • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

This program is perfect for those who want to learn more than the basics of carpentry. Energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, business skills and entrepreneurship are integral components of the program. This program is designed to meet the needs of employers looking for carpenters with a firm practical skill base across a wide range of applications. You learn everything from construction safety and the use of power tools and shop equipment, to building science, floor and wall framing, exterior finishing and much more. You're also required to complete two work terms where you apply your skills and knowledge in a real work setting.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Favourite"Shop time and the camaraderie."
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    Cool Activity"Building a shed from scratch."
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    Highlight"Building an Adirondack chair and learning how to put together a professional portfolio."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • You benefit from our expert faculty who bring years of experience to the classroom and strong industry connections.
  • You learn the latest practices and technologies that employers require. The program is designed with the input of industry leaders to ensure you get current and relevant skills.
  • You experience practical, hands-on learning.
  • This program is a first step towards Journeyperson Certification in the Carpenter trade. Graduates are eligible for transfer credit upon registration in the Provincial Apprenticeship Program.
  • Students who complete the first-year courses may be eligible for advanced standing in the Heritage Carpentry program provided they complete the five-week work term at the Lunenburg Campus.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • As the demand increases for construction trades, so does the demand for qualified carpenters.
  • Graduates help fill the demand for qualified carpenters in the new housing and commercial construction market. Other opportunities exist in the renovation industry.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Part-time Study

Student Success

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.
  • Red Seal – Carpenter is a designated trade that qualifies for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada - where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Registered apprentices can apply for the NSCC Journeyperson Diploma. This diploma recognizes your apprentice training and the completion of NSCC's employability skills and portfolio requirements.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CARP 1010   Construction Safety
CARP 1011   Tools I (Hand Tools)
CARP 1012   Tools II (Portable Power Tools)
CARP 1013   Foundations I (Site Layout)
CARP 1016   Foundations II (Forms and Footings)
CARP 1017   Tools III (Stationary Power Tools)
CARP 1023   Construction Mathematics and Estimating I
CARP 1100   Work Experience I
CARP 1201   Framing I
CARP 1202   Framing II
CARP 2010   Casework Fabrication
CARP 3001   Blueprint Interpretation Skills
CARP 3002   Introduction to Common Stairs
CARP 3003   Roof Framing I - Gable Roofs
CARP 3005   Siding and Cladding
CARP 3006   Exterior Finish
CARP 3007   Trade Communications
CARP 3009   Roof Framing II - Hip Roof
CARP 3010   Roof Framing III - Intersecting Roofs and Engineered Systems
CARP 3011   Interior Trim
CARP 3013   Casework Design
CARP 3100   Work Experience II
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
Introduction to Confined Space
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Introduction to Respiratory Protection
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
Workplace Mentoring I

Next Steps

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