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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

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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 this program, which is designed to meet the needs of employers looking for carpenters with a solid base across a wide range of applications.

You learn everything from construction safety and the use of 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.

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

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.

Other info

  • 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.

2021-22 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2021

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery 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 This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.
Kingstec Campus Kentville Full time In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus Sydney Full time In-class Waitlist
Pictou Campus Stellarton Full time In-class Seats available
Strait Area Campus Port Hawkesbury Full time In-class Seats available

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.

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2021-22 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,620
Tuition (International):
$11,690

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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

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.

Future study options

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

CARP 1010 - Construction Safety
This course is designed to provide an overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) as applied to the carpentry trade as well as the knowledge and skills that will allow the learners to work safely. This course includes Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) and construction-specific safety regulations (fall protection, scaffolding). This course emphasizes the need to wear personal protection equipment and the importance of safe use and maintenance of equipment.

CARP 1011 - Tools I (Hand Tools)
This course is designed to teach the selection, safe use and care for a wide-variety of hand tools and non-powered equipment. Also included will be the use of fasteners and wood joints as used to securely join materials in carpentry projects. The application of safe work habits and good housekeeping in a workshop setting will be included.

CARP 1012 - Tools II (Portable Power Tools)
This course is designed to teach the safe operation and maintenance of common portable power tools utilized in the carpentry trade.

CARP 1013 - Foundations I (Site Layout)
This course is designed to include the fundamental principles of site layout, the theory of basic footing forms and foundations. Safe excavation practices will be emphasized and covered in detail.

CARP 1016 - Foundations II (Forms and Footings)
This course is designed to introduce basic footing forms and theory of foundations. Building on CARP 1016 (Foundations I (Site Layout)), this course will examine form construction and estimation of quantities is included. Energy efficient principles will be discussed.

CARP 1017 - Tools III (Stationary Power Tools)
This course is designed to cover the safe and efficient operation of the stationary power tools used in the carpentry trade. Learners will be evaluated on safe practices and accuracy in the use of this equipment.

CARP 1023 - Construction Mathematics and Estimating I
This course is designed to reinforce basic mathematical skills and introduce mathematical concepts and operations used in the construction trades. Course material provides a basic and broad overview of estimating materials. The necessary calculations will be introduced as the course progresses.

CARP 1100 - Work Experience I
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

CARP 1201 - Framing I
This course is designed to enable the learner to layout and assemble floor, deck, and wall systems. Energy efficient principles will be discussed.

CARP 1202 - Framing II
In this course, the learner is provided with the theory and practical experience required to layout and frame and interior partitions. Learners will become familiar with procedures for both loadbearing and nonloadbearing walls. An introduction to roof framing systems is also provided.

CARP 2010 - Casework Fabrication
This course is designed to provide the skills to construct casework projects. This will include cutting materials to size and to lay out the pieces to ensure a well-made assembly in an efficient manner. Learners will become familiar with detail machining of wood and wood products, gain the skills required to cut or shape pieces of various sizes and profiles and test the piece for proper fit.

CARP 3001 - Blueprint Interpretation Skills
This course is designed to enable the learner to determine the location, size, shape, and type of materials required for residential buildings. Learners will also be able to sketch drawings using trade symbols and interpret basic orthographic and isometric presentations.

CARP 3002 - Introduction to Common Stairs
This course is designed to cover the theory and skills required to build and install common stairs. Material covered includes the fundamentals of stair construction including terminology, calculations required to plan and lay out stairs, and procedures used to build stairs.

CARP 3003 - Roof Framing - Gable Roofs
This course is designed to include roof terminology and basic principles of roof geometry and construction. The learner will gain the theory and practical experience to construct shed and gable roofs. Energy efficient principles will form an integral part of the course.

CARP 3005 - Siding and Cladding
Siding and cladding form an essential component of the rain screen of a building. This course introduces a wide range of siding and cladding types. Installation practices required to ensure a weather-tight construction in compliance with the National Building Code (NBC) will also be included.

CARP 3006 - Exterior Finish
This course is designed to cover knowledge and skills required to install exterior trim, roof coverings, exterior windows, and doors. Energy efficiency will be discussed.

CARP 3007 - Trade Communications
This course is designed to expand upon communications skills that relates specifically to the building trades. Material presented covers presentation of proposals and estimates, communication with customers, and record keeping and permits. This course is intended to be delivered as a joint project between the trade and communications instructors. Ten hours of course time are to be scheduled concurrently with trade practice/self-identified projects.

CARP 3009 - Introduction to Hip Roofs
This course will provide the learner with theory and practical experience to construct equal slope hip roofs. It is designed to build upon and apply the roofing principles introduced in CARP 3003 (Roof Framing - Gable Roofs). Course material includes hip rafters and hip jack rafters, and roof sheathing and construction. Energy efficient principles will be included.

CARP 3010 - Introduction to Intersecting Roofs and Engineered Systems
This course is designed to extend knowledge of traditional roof framing methods to include intersecting roofs of equal slope. Building upon CARP 3009 (Introduction to Hip Roofs), this course also introduces the learner to truss packages, engineered systems, and the procedures and practices used in their assembly and installation.

CARP 3011 - Interior Trim
This course is designed to outline the skills required to install residential interior doors, window trim and trim components. Material covered includes types of doors, their installation and hardware, window trim, other interior trim such as baseboards and cornices.

CARP 3013 - Casework Design
This course is designed to introduce various types of casework for both framed and frame-less cabinetwork. Design, material selection, costing and installation of casework projects are covered. Successful completion of this course will help prepare a learner for a casework fabrication course.

CARP 3014 - Building Science Fundamentals
This course examines the relationship between a building and its environment. Building science principles are identified and examined in terms of impact on both old and new construction.

CARP 3100 - Work Experience II
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply skills and concepts appropriate for entry level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.

COMM 1228 - Communications II
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.

SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1024 - Introduction to Respiratory Protection
The learner is introduced to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion includes identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The learner will be given the opportunity to select, use and maintain respiratory equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1025 - Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
This course provides participants with an understanding of the hazards associated with working from heights and compliance with Workplace Health and Safety Regulations (2013). Throughout the course, participants will gain experience in the donning of a harness, an overview and presentation of system components involved when working from heights and learn how to complete a fall calculation and emergency procedures.

WORK 1100 - Workplace Mentoring I
This unit of instruction is designed to assist learners in managing their learning as an apprentice in the workplace. Learners will study their own experiences with learning new skills and identify their own learning preferences as an aid to developing learning strategies.

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