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General Construction Carpentry Techniques

Available at: Cornwall


The General Construction Carpentry Techniques program allows students to develop many of the skills needed to build a new home or structure or to renovate an old one.  Students learn to produce sketches, work from blueprints, develop building details, and assess construction sites.  They are taught carpentry skills from base footings to framing, interior and exterior finishing and fine finishing techniques.  The program also focuses on energy efficient and green / sustainable construction practices and methods.  Building and installation techniques are practiced through hands-on construction activities and projects and students hone their skills on a major construction or renovation project in their final semester of study.


Career Opportunities

This program is designed to address the chronic shortage of certified skilled trade workers in the construction industry. Job prospects are favourable and there is great satisfaction to be gained from working on a project from the design phase through completion. 


Program graduates are prepared for a variety of opportunities in residential or commercial construction and renovation. They may go on to specialize as home builders, renovators, general carpenters, exterior siding installers, home and building inspectors, green / sustainable builders, fine finish carpenters, project coordinators, or estimators. Graduates may find employment with general contractors, subcontractors, new home builders, woodworking shops, restoration contractors or as independent contractors running their own business. Opportunities also exist in the retail sector in hardware stores and at lumber yards and building centres.

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Program Name

General Construction Carpentry Techniques

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 Tuition fee is $3,718.52. Compulsory fees are $803.35. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fee is $17,455.00. Compulsory fees are $1,560.35. 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 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
CARP107A Fundamental Skills in Carpentry
CARP21 General Construction Mathmatics
COMM 62 Skilled Trades Applied Communications
COMP 201 Basic Computer Applications
CARP 150 Safety, Material, and Tools
CARP 151 Plans, Specifications and Code I

Semester 2: Weeks 1-8
CARP 250 Residential Construction
CARP 251 Plans, Specifications, and Codes II
CARP 252 Estimating, Calculations and Layout II

Semester 2: Weeks 9-16
CARP 350 ICI Construction
CARP 351 Plans, Specification and Codes III
CARP 352 Estimating, Calculations and Layout III

Semester 3
CARP 143 Computer-Aided Design
CARP 117 Culminating Carpentry Project

Admission Requirements

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

  • Grade 12 English at the C, U or E level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admissions 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:


    My experience in the CDA program was nothing short of amazing.  From day one, I knew that the professors were there for us.  They checked in constantly with us to make sure our work load was manageable and if there was any way that they could accommodate our individual learning preferences.  Also, they are all veterans and experts in their respective fields. Most of our professors continued to work their full time SLP or Audiology jobs, meaning they are bringing up-to-date knowledge right into the classroom.  The placements were, in my opinion, the most valuable experience of my year in the CDA program.  You immediately get to apply the base of knowledge you learn in first semester and then gain experience in therapy sessions and step out of your comfort zone to learn something new.  Plus, they are 100% flexible about where you want to go and what population you are interested in working with.  Now that I have finished the program, I can confidently say that the professors of the CDA program have given me not just a career, but a passion.

    Jessica Whynot, Communicative Disorders Assistant program, 2014

    Jessica Whynot

    Program Contact

    Mark MacDonell

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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.

    Student Workload Demands:

    The student can expect to work a minimum of 5-10 hours per week outside of classroom time on course material.

    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 to 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. Registered apprentices who have completed their training,  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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