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Carpentry - Diploma

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.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma
Tuition:
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
 
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
Locations:
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Availability
Burridge Campus • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Cumberland Campus • Springhill Full time • In-class Seats available
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Seats available
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Seats available

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.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Study options

Career options

  • 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.

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 certification in the Carpenter trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • 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

Other info

  • Certification with a Red Seal – Carpenter is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • 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 - Gable Roofs
CARP 3005   Siding and Cladding
CARP 3006   Exterior Finish
CARP 3007   Trade Communications
CARP 3009   Introduction to Hip Roofs
CARP 3010   Introduction to Intersecting Roofs and Engineered Systems
CARP 3011   Interior Trim
CARP 3013   Casework Design
CARP 3014   Building Science Fundamentals
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
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

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