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Carpentry Techniques

Available at: Kingston


Develop knowledge and practical skill in areas of carpentry, including blueprint reading, residential and commercial construction, framing, finishing, stair manufacture, surveying, fine woodworking, commercial building practices, and more. Spend 1/3 of each week in a hands on carpentry lab setting.


Career Opportunities

This program is designed to help alleviate the chronic shortage of skilled trades workers in the construction industry. Job prospects are favourable and the satisfaction of creating or enhancing buildings and structures can be immense.  

Program graduates are prepared for a variety of opportunities working in residential or commercial construction and renovation. They may go on to specialize as a home builder, renovator, general carpenter, exterior siding installer, home and building inspector, green/sustainable builder, fine finish carpenter, project coordinator, manager or estimator. Graduates may find employment with general contractors, subcontractors, new home builders, woodworking shops, restoration contractors or as independent contractors running their own business. They will also find opportunities in retail including selling building materials in hardware stores, lumber yards and building centres.

Although Carpentry is a physical career, as a student you will find that your level of skill is more important than your strength.

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Program Name

Carpentry Techniques

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

36 weeks

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 tuition fees are $3,327.10. Compulsory fees are $1,252.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fees are $15,815.00. Compulsory fees are $1,856.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

Additional Costs

Books and supplies: estimated $300.
Personal protective items: e.g. work boots, safety glasses: $150.
Tools: nail pouch, hammer, tape measure, combination square, utility knife, wood chisel: $200.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1
CARP 105 Safety in Construction
CARP 106 Practices & Principles 1
CARP 107 Skills Techniques 1
CARP 116 Employment Skills I
CARP 159 Plans Specifications and Codes
CARP 160 Estimating Calculations and Layouts
GENE General Education Course

Semester 2
CARP 108 Principles & Practices 2
CARP 109 Energy Management
CARP 112 Residential Building Studies – Finishing Practices
CARP 110 Skill Techniques 2
CARP 177 Estimating, Calculations & Layout II
CARP 180 Plans, Specifications & Codes II

Semester 3
CARP 113 Applied Construction Math
CARP 114 Skill Techniques 3
CARP 115 Commercial Building Practices
CARP 118 Employment Skills II
CARP 182 Plans, Specifications and Codes III
CARP 183 Estimating, Calculations and Layout III

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the or C, U or E level
  • Grade 11 Math
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


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    Dakota Ball

    Program Contact

    Steve Dick

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    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

    Current Grant Opportunities

    This program is considered a Red Seal trade (see Apprenticeship grants are designed to make a career in the trades an attractive choice and encourage more apprentices to complete their training. Eligible apprentices could receive up to $4,000, which can be used to pay for tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses.

    As per the Service Canada website, registered apprentices who have successfully finished their first or second year/level (or equivalent) in one of the Red Seal trades can apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG), which is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year/level up to a maximum of $2,000. And, registered apprentices who have completed their training and become a certified journeyperson in a designated Red Seal trade and who obtain either the Red Seal endorsement or a provincial or territorial Certificate of Qualification can apply for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG), which is a taxable cash grant of $2,000. For more information visit

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