Fast Fact:

Carpentry is one of the oldest trades on earth. Carpenters make up the largest group of skilled workers in Canada.

How Do I Start?

Contact the local building trade office for assistance. We'll be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. We can also help you contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Commission to register you as an apprentice.

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What would Jesus do?

From fine detail to large foundations, carpenters are there. Carpenters draw and read blueprints, build and frame the foundations to start the projects, and put on the exquisite finishing touches at the end.

If you have an eye for detail and like working with a variety of tools, this is the career for you. Carpenters think fast, are creative, physically fit, and are willing to work indoors and out.

If this sounds like you, consider this trade.

Frequently asked questions:

How long is the training for this trade?
Training for this trade requires a total of 1800 hours of technical training and on-the-job experience each year for four years. Technical training is 15% of the 1800 hours; on-the-job training makes up the other 85%. There are FOUR levels of technical training. Early in your training, you can choose to specialize as a framer or as a scaffolder.

Level 1: 7 weeks
Level 2: 7 weeks
Level 3: 7 weeks
Level 4: 7 weeks

After you have met all of the requirements for journeyperson certification, you will receive a Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate and a Journeyperson Certificate of Qualification.

Where can I study for this trade?

Theoretical training for carpentry is offered through the SIAST campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and at SIAST Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon.

Is this trade Red Seal certifiable?
Yes, inter-provincial Red Seal Certification is available for this trade.

How do I start?
Contact your local union for assistance. You and your employer will then contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Commission to register you as an apprentice.

What if I don’t have my grade 12? Can I still look into this trade?
Yes. The academic requirements for entry into this trade are not related to high school grade level. If you do NOT have grade 12, contact Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Commission to have your academic qualifications assessed.
Click here for the Sask Apprenticeship website. Or email Sask Apprenticeship.

I am a new high school graduate. Does this help me?
Yes. Employers do usually prefer workers who have grade 12, and a grade 12 diploma guarantees you have met the academic requirements for entry into this trade.

Why should I apprentice with an organized/unionized tradesperson?
Entry to this trade program requires the partnership of an employer and the supervision of a certified journeyperson. Working with a unionized tradesperson means you will do your required on-the-job training with a skilled, professional employer who will mentor you through your apprenticeship, ensuring you have the highest quality work experience in the safest of working environments.

An added bonus is that being involved with an organized/unionized tradesperson from the start helps you to network as you build your new career.  

You can do it on your own, but why would you? Nothing worthwhile is ever constructed alone.