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Carpentry | Foundation


The full-time, 24 week program is based on a major practical project such as building a foundation and house frame using standard platform or timber frame construction. Other projects may include building garden sheds, garages, small cabins and other small structures. Students must be prepared to participate in class projects in an outdoor environment.

Use Safe Work Practices
Doc. & Organization Skills
Tools & Equipment
Survey Instruments & Equipment
Access, Rigging, & Hoisting Equipment
Site Layout
Concrete Formwork
Building Science
Wood Frame Construction
  • Grade 12 Required OR Mature Student
  • English Studies 10 , English First Peoples 10or equivalent 
  • Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10 (AWM 10) or equivalent 
  • Successful completion of a CAT Assessment Test

Unless otherwise noted, "Permission of Instructor" may be used to accept a student into a course(s) when the student does not meet course prerequisites and/or does not attain the required threshold on entry assessments. See the Admission and Registration section on the website for details on this policy.

Learners should be aware that many employers require Grade 12 completion.

Trades learners are encouraged to enhance their employability by enrolling in Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1. OFA courses are scheduled throughout the year at CMTN.

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Fees Domestic International
Full-time: 24 Weeks 24 Weeks
Tuition: $1,853.28 $7,877.04
Student Union Fees: $87.28 $87.28
Mandatory Fees:1 $815.52 $864.12
Health Insurance: N/A $304.73
Total Tuition and Fees: $2,756.08 $9,133.17
Tools and Supplies $800.00 $800.00
Total Program Cost: $3,556.08 $9,933.17

Fees are effective as of August 1, 2022 for the 2022/23 academic year.

Books & supplies

Books are available at the CMTN Bookstore.  Please visit your local campus for details or view your current booklist online by selecting your desired campus.

Tool kits are available for purchase at the registration office.  Kits are limited and reserved for students enrolled in specific Trades programs only. Tool kits do not include the required PPE and Supplies on the TOOLS/SUPPLIES LIST. Prices are subject to change without notice.

In addition to the fees outlined in the Program Fees section, the following additional costs apply:

  • Purchase of necessary learning resources (available at the CMTN Bookstore)
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Classroom Supplies
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Tools

Career opportunities 

The work of a carpenter includes concrete formwork, wall and roof framing, and interior and exterior finishing. Carpenters have opportunities to work in:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Light industrial
  • Heavy construction fields in the areas of new construction
  • Renovations
  • Maintenance

Carpenters can go on to become foremen, estimators, building inspectors, site superintendents or instructors.