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.
Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you may be able to apply to earn credit. Not all programs are eligible. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.
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 - 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 - Power Tools I
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 - Power Tools II
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.
INDR 1010 - Industry Readiness
A crucial component of trade practice is the ability to share information. Explaining work, applying trade skills and meeting industry standards involves communicating effectively. This course introduces these skills with a trade focus and will help prepare students to contribute to employment and in the classroom. Course work may tie directly to projects and assignments happening elsewhere in the program and in its shops.
INDR 1020 - Working Effectively in the Trades
Almost all trades professionals will need to work well with others. Students in this course will learn to be effective team members and adapt and analyze how they share information with others. A selection of activities relevant to the particular trade will be used to practice collecting, analyzing and using trade information. Course work may tie directly to projects and assignments happening elsewhere in the program and in its shops.
SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.
SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.
SAFE 1020 - Safety Basics – Restricted Spaces
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with working in restricted spaces. The definition and potential hazards of restricted spaces are discussed The course material is infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.
SAFE 1021 - Safety Basics – 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 - Safety Basics – Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces students to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the student 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 - Safety Basics – Respiratory Protection
This course introduces students to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion topics include identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. 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.