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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.
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Typical Length:
8 Weeks
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Tuition-free microcredential certificate

This microcredential 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) and offered at no cost to the students.

When assessing applications, preference will be given to Indigenous Peoples and African NS/Black 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

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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.
  • Our student supports and services will help you get the most out of your experiences while learning with us. We have support staff to guide you.
  • In addition to the program being fully funded, there are student support funds available to support your success, including a monthly stipend, urgent aid, and disability support funds.

January 2024

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Shelburne Campus
Full time In person
Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Seats available

Admission requirements

    • Applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have been granted refugee status in Canada ages 18+.

    Career options

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

    Future study options

    • Continue your studies and add to your skills at NSCC. Completing this program qualifies you for:
    • Graduates may register as an apprentice with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) once employed. Apprenticeship is an optional but beneficial journey that combines on-the-job-learning with technical training.
    • Red Seal Endorsement - individuals who complete an apprenticeship program are eligible to write the inter-provincial exam. A Red Seal allows certified tradespeople to practice the trade in any province or territory in Canada where the trade is designated.

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