Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship

About the Program

The 34-week WIST Pre-Apprenticeship Carpenter General certificate program will equip you to enter the trade of general carpentry with the basic skills required to secure a position as an apprentice, and to work safely and successfully in the industry. The curriculum provides basic-level apprentice training and additional skills designed to increase general level knowledge about the construction and renovation industry. In addition, the program incorporates components not found in the basic-level training, such as job search and communication skills, training in computer literacy and various computer applications.

For more information please contact ett4w@conestogac.on.ca or (519) 885-0300 ext. 5272.

Program Information

Length: 34-week Certificate program
Location: Waterloo
Start: Varies

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

What is Apprenticeship?

For information on the apprenticeship system in Ontario, including how to register as an apprentice, visit the apprenticeship section of our website.

Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson

Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.

On-the-Job Experience

Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.

In-School Training

Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.

Program Requirements

Program Outcomes

Tuition & Fees

This program is funded by the Government of Ontario and is free for qualified applicants. All applicants must meet eligibility requirements and attend an Information Session.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduate opportunities for WIST include general labour positions in the construction industry, carpentry apprenticeship, potential apprenticeship in construction-related industries/trades.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Exemption Testing

Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/testing-services/exemption.jsp

Program Courses

Course Details (1123)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
CARP1800 Construction Practices I

Description: This course will introduce students to materials and methods of construction used for basic woodworking projects, as well as small scale residential concrete forming. Topics include: safe working practices, hazard awareness, the use of personal protective equipment, and safety legislation, regulations; in addition to exploration of various trades other than carpentry involved in the residential construction process. Students will be exposed to the coordination of sub-trade work completed during the construction process.
Hours: 224
Credits: 13

CDEV1480 Employment Strategies, Communications and Computers

Description: With the use of internet browsers, computer file management systems, documents, spreadsheets, and various software applications, students will learn life-long employment strategies for career planning. Dealing effectively with employers, suppliers, co-workers and clients in the construction industry will also be explored.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

MATH1645 Estimating, Calculations and Layout I

Description: This course will provide the student with an understanding of basic mathematics involving trade related problems in both Metric and Imperial formats. The student will learn how to apply basic principles of geometry to construction layout problems.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

Level 2
CARP1815 Construction Practices II

Description: The course will introduce students to materials and methods of construction used in residential framing and exterior and interior finishes. Safe working practices, hazard awareness, the use of personal protective equipment, safety legislation and regulations. Exploration of various trades other than carpentry involved in the residential construction process. The student will be exposed to the coordination of sub-trade work completed during the construction process.
Hours: 216
Credits: 11

CARP1820 Print Reading, Specifications and Codes

Description: In this course, the student obtains an understanding of the Ontario Building Code and the basics of blueprint reading and drafting.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2

MATH1655 Estimating, Calculations and Layout II

Description: Students will apply basic math skills to trade-related problems and construction layout.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2

WELD1995 Metal Cutting and Welding

Description: This course will introduce the student to the oxy-fuel welding, cutting and shielded arc welding (SMAW) processes. The classroom theory component will present the theoretical principles and safety aspect. The shop component will allow the student to apply proper safety procedures and develop the required skills necessary for the oxy-fuel welding, cutting and SMAW welding.
Hours: 36
Credits: 2

Level 3
FPLT1020 Field Placement (Women in Skilled Trades)

Description: On-the-job training using the MAESD training standards for the General Carpenter trade applying the skills taught in-school. Demonstrate effective work habits, time management and organizational skills.
Hours: 320
Credits: 11

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Program Handbook


Apprenticeship Registration

Before registering as an apprenticeship you must:
  • Find an employer
  • Request registration from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
  • Confirm your seat with Conestoga once you have received your offer of classroom training from the Ministry
  • Pay the appropriate classroom fee

    Registration for the in-school training portion is on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades. Visit Employment Ontario's Start an apprenticeship website for more details. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga at 519-748-5220 ext. 3382.
For additional program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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