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Housing Construction Fundamentals

Gain strong foundational knowledge of the construction industry and the practical skills needed for entry-level employment in housing construction.

A man wearing safety goggles uses a chop saw in a construction workshop.
Start Date:
Typical Length:
8 Weeks
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Free program

This program is part of a training initiative to provide workers with new skills needed to support a clean economy. It is fully funded by Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2).

The location for this program is at the Wagmatcook Learning Centre. When assessing applications, preference will be given to Indigenous Peoples. 


This 8-week program provides you with the introductory skills and knowledge needed to secure entry-level employment as a worker in housing construction. In hands-on, practical courses, you learn to safely use a variety of tools and equipment found in residential construction environments. A strong focus on safety and understanding site operations ensures you’re ready to contribute upon hire in the construction sector. 

You graduate with an understanding of the expectations for employers and ready to:

  • Work safely on a construction site
  • Work and communicate effectively as part of a construction team
  • Use and care for basic hand and portable power tools safely
  • Use ladders and scaffolding safely
  • Measure accurately using metric and imperial systems
  • Identify, handle and store construction materials

Work experience

  • This program requires you to complete two weeks of work integrated learning, where you apply your skills and knowledge in a real work setting.

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, tools and equipment 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 places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. To prepare for employment, you participate in safety awareness courses.

Other info

  • 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.

March 2023

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Strait Area Campus
Classes at Wagmatcook Learning Centre
Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Seats available

Admission requirements

  • Admission is based on interviews conducted by representatives of the Wagmatcook Learning Centre.
  • Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents ages 18+.

Career options

  • Graduates will find employment as construction trades helpers and labourers with construction companies.

Future study options

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