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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

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International Fees

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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 2020-21

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 Plan, Specifications and Codes 1

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

Semester 2: Weeks 9-16
CARP 350 ICI Construction
CARP 351 Plans, Specifications and Codes 3
CARP 352 Estimating, Calculations and Layout 3

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

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    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.

    If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


    Health Requirements


    I loved the Law Clerk program because it gave me a strong understanding of legal concepts and principles, as well as preparing me for a successful career. The dedicated and approachable instructors work hard to ensure the success of students. After finishing this program, I gained employment very quickly and have found a career that challenges me every day and will continue to do so for years to come.

    Christy Penfold

    Program Contact

    Mark MacDonell

    Admissions Information

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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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