Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship
2021/22 | Conestoga College
Program Code: 1123
Trades & Apprenticeship
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide
COVID-19 and 2021-22 Program Delivery
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga academic plans and decisions will continue to evolve to reflect the advice of public health authorities. Please consult the COVID-19 Information page for the most up-to-date information on college protocols.
Expectations regarding course delivery, participation, and assessments will be communicated by your faculty member at the start of the semester and included in the instructional plan.
Program technology requirements are posted on the program web page. Students in remote and hybrid delivery courses will require a device, webcam functionality, and reliable Internet access.
Program Handbook Guidelines
The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program-specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.
Message from the Executive Dean
Welcome to the School of Trades & Apprenticeship and thank you for choosing Conestoga for your post-secondary education in skilled trades.
Conestoga offers a comprehensive array of programs in the Construction, Motive Power, Industrial and Service sectors to suit your interests and career aspirations. Our established partnerships with many successful local, national and international companies, result in program enhancements and significant career opportunities for our students.
Operating from campuses in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and Brantford, as well as a training facility in Ingersoll, we deliver current and relevant skills-based education and training allowing our students and graduates access to successful careers in the skilled trades.
I encourage you to take full advantage of the learning opportunities and resources available.
Tony Thoma, MBA, PEng
Message from the Dean
Welcome to Conestoga College and the School of Trades and Apprenticeship. I am happy that you are pursuing an education in the skilled trades. It can lead to a very rewarding career with endless possibilities.
We want to ensure that your time at Conestoga provides you with the training you need to be successful. Please ensure that you make yourself aware of the many supports that are available for you at the college, and if you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
I wish you success in your academic year.
Dean, Trades and Apprenticeship
Program Academic Team
Program ChairJeff Willsie
Room 1C10 - Waterloo Campus
Liaison Officer - WISTSandra Pluim-Siefert
Room 1C12 - Waterloo Campus
Office Services AssistantAmal Merabti
Room 1C10 - Waterloo Campus
519-885-0300 ext. 5552
In addition to the core complement of your full-time program faculty, other faculty will work with you for the duration of this program. These include faculty from other Schools for breadth and or / general education courses, as well as faculty with particular expertise in specific areas of program focus.
Contact information for these faculty members will typically be provided on the first day of related courses.
College Support Services
IT Service Desk
Main Desk - Room 1E12 - Doon Campus / Various Campuses
519-748-5220 ext. 3444
Program Learning Outcomes
Program learning outcomes can be found on the Women in Skilled Trades program page of the college's website.
Program Curriculum Sequence
Current Program Design
Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:
- Log in to the Student Portal
- Click on 'My Courses tab
- Select 'View Progress Report' button
Courses are listed by level/semester. Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga College website. To find these courses, students need to scroll down the page to the 'Program Courses'.
Program Information and Standards
Academic assistance is available to students through a variety of avenues. The program liaison officer, coordinator and faculty can advise students on specific program and course information such as adding / dropping courses, special timetabling, etc. Students can also access the Student Success website for detailed information on the academic services they provide, including learning skills, peer services, math and writing assistance.
Conestoga College is committed to providing a safe and accessible environment for students with disabilities. Accommodating disabilities at the College is a shared responsibility between students, faculty and administration. Students are responsible for providing relevant and up to date documentation of their disability to Accessibility Services, when they first register. This documentation will allow the student to be considered for accommodations and access to available services.
Refer to the
Student Guide for information on student services including Counselling, Student Financial Services and Student Engagement.
Students can also access professional and confidential counselling support through Good 2 Talk, a free, confidential 24/7 post-secondary student helpline. Call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868. The How to Ask for Help at Conestoga guide is also available to students.
Follow the link for a listing of important academic dates for the current school year, including a list of holidays when classes are cancelled. Students should be aware that programs within the School of Trades and Apprenticeship do not necessarily follow all of the listed dates. Speak with the program coordinator regarding program-specific dates, including Student Success Week, if applicable.
Credits may be transferred for students who have proven that they have comparable or equivalent learning in a formal educational environment. Grades obtained and course learning outcomes will be the criteria for determining exemptions, which includes an assessment as to the currency of the content taken previously, as determined by the academic team. The notation of "G" is used for the grade.
Visit the Credit Transfer Office webpage for more information.
Academic Standing and Promotion Requirements – Program Standard
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have fulfilled the program design requirements necessary to graduate. If for any reason a student is concerned about their academic progress, they should arrange to meet with a full-time faculty member or the program coordinator.
Students must achieve a minimum passing grade of 70% in all courses (60% in CDEV1480). Failure or withdrawal from any course(s) may result in the student not being promoted to the next academic level, if applicable.
Due to the nature of the WIST program, if a student withdraws from the program for any reason, they are not permitted to return in a subsequent year. If a student successfully completes all of the in-school training but not the placement, the student has five years after the end of the program in order to complete the placement requirements and earn the certificate.
Common Academic Decisions
At the end of each level / semester, the program team reviews students' grades through a promotion meeting which includes the program chair, program coordinator and relevant faculty. Below are the most common academic decisions issued by the program team determined during this meeting:
Eligible to Continue
Students who pass all courses, and complete their electives, are eligible to continue in the program. Students who fail any course(s) and are unable to make up the course(s) until the following year, will also be eligible to continue as long as they meet all prerequisites.
Students who have not successfully completed all of the required courses for the semester or the program may be eligible to complete work or write a supplemental assessment in order to complete the requirements of the level or program. Only one supplemental assessment will be permitted per semester in the core courses.
Supplemental Assessment: Students who have failed any courses may request a supplemental assessment (a "make-up"). It is the student's responsibility to check the grade postings. It is not the responsibility of the professor to contact the student and offer a supplemental. Supplemental assessments may be approved by the program team, if the course is supplemental-eligible and if the following academic criteria is met by the student.
- Failing grade must be no less than 50%. If the minimum passing grade for the course is 60% or higher, the minimum failing grade must be no less than 10% below that grade.
- Attended 80% or more of the specific course.
- Passed at least one formal evaluation in the course.
- Has no registered academic offence in the course in which the supplemental is being requested. (Warnings do not constitute an academic offence.)
The test must be completed within three weeks from the end of the semester. To register for a supplemental, the student must meet with the applicable faculty and complete a Supplemental Request Form located on the Student Portal and submit the appropriate non-refundable fee ($40.00) to the Registrar's Office. The student must provide proof of fee payment at the time of the supplemental exam.
Failure of the supplemental will result in no change to the original course grade. Successful completion of the supplemental evaluation will result in the minimum passing grade being awarded. The final grade as a result of the supplemental will be automatic and is ineligible for appeal.
For more information visit the College Policies, Procedures, Practices and Guidelines webpage then click on the Academic Administration side tab and search for the document entitled Clearance of Academic Deficiency.
Discontinuance and Withdrawals
If a student fails an elective course they must make up the credits prior to the completion of the program. If the failed course(s) occurs in the final semester of the program, the student has five years from their original start date in the program to earn the missing credits.
Students may also be discontinued from a program based on misconduct, or in some sponsored programs, for lack of attendance.
Students who wish to terminate their studies must officially withdraw from their program in writing by completing the Withdrawal Form located on the Student Portal. Students who do not officially withdraw are still liable for outstanding fees and may not be eligible for a refund. Non-attendance does not constitute official withdrawal and academic records may reflect failures.
Attendance - Program StandardIn the case of unforeseen circumstances that result in late arrival or early departure, whenever possible, students are expected to communicate this in advance with their faculty. Otherwise, students who arrive late for a scheduled class may be counted as absent after 20 minutes from the start of the class. Students who leave more than 20 minutes before the end of class may be counted as absent.
The School of Trades and Apprenticeship uses a 'flag' system to track unauthorized absences. As a result, attendance issues may be flagged during the program. Students run the risk of being ineligible for supplemental assessment opportunities due to poor attendance as well as possible discontinuance in the program.
This program standard applies to both on-line and in-person classes.
Communication – Program Standard
Conestoga College student email accounts will be used to communicate to students. Students are expected to regularly check their college email accounts. Faculty and staff are not expected to respond to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses. Faculty will respond to student emails by the end of the next business day after receipt of an inquiry.
Activities within Conestoga's Co-Curricular Portal (CCP) enhance students' growth and development outside the classroom. The Co-Curricular Record is an official document, complementary to an academic transcript, which recognizes and records learning that has been achieved through approved co-curricular experiences at Conestoga College.
Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. All students are required to complete a program reflection and student satisfaction survey at the end of the program.
Required Equipment, Supplies and TextsTextbooks are provided on loan for the duration of the in-class portion of the program and must be returned in good condition on the last day of classes. Students will be responsible for the cost of the textbooks if not returned.
All required tools are available for student use in the shop.
Classrooms, Computer Labs and Shop Access
Generally, no food is permitted in any classroom, computer lab or shop. In some areas, and at the discretion of faculty, beverages may be permitted in unbreakable, re-sealable containers; however, they must be kept away from any computers or other sensitive equipment.
Access to shops and use of equipment outside of regularly scheduled class times is not permitted without written permission from the faculty and the presence of either the faculty or technologist. For safety reasons, it is recommended that a minimum of 3 people be present at all times.
Academic Delivery Plan and College Hours
Academic Delivery Plan Fall 2021
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga has developed an academic delivery plan for the Fall 2021 semester. The safety and well-being of our college community remains our highest priority. Our academic plans and decisions continue to be based on the advice of public health authorities.
Some programs will be delivered in a hybrid format (a combination of remote and on-campus learning). Other programs will be delivered in a remote format only. Courses in which remote delivery is not possible will be offered entirely through on-campus delivery.
For the Fall, only students who have classes scheduled on campus will be pre-approved to be on-campus. Students need to complete a mandatory pre-approval process before they can attend their class. Students who do not have scheduled activity are not permitted on-campus. Support services for students will continue to be available remotely.
For the Fall 2021 semester, to support physical distancing on campus, full-time courses at Conestoga are delivered Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Students are required to sign a Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (CCITAL) Acknowledgment of Safety Training and Responsibilities Form (if applicable to program), which will be provided by the faculty at the start of the program.
In situations where an individual's behavior, whether or not it is suspected to be the result of substance use, is deemed to pose a risk to their own safety or the safety of others, the individual's faculty member or supervisor has the right to limit participation in academic or workplace activities.
Conestoga's Substance Use Guidelines were developed to ensure that the college is in compliance with provincial and federal legislation regulating the use of both legal and illegal substances.
The college recognizes the risks associated with substance use and is committed to providing education on harm-reductive use and prevention as well as individualized support for members of our college community.
For life threatening emergencies, from any landline:
DIAL 9 (for outside line), then dial 911.
Notify the Security Office at ext. 5555 whenever emergency response personnel are contacted. The Security Office should also be contacted whenever there is an individual requiring medical attention that is not life threatening or whenever there is a minor injury and no medical attention is required. Conestoga College (Doon) has a nurse on duty Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. who can be reached at ext. 3679.
There is an Emergency Guide located on Conestoga College's webpage for information on how to respond to emergency situations.
Faculty will discuss the following at the beginning of each level:
- Fire Exits - the closest fire exit and any alternates
- Fire Alarms - the location of the nearest pull station
- First Aid Locations – usually the closest Security Desk/Office
- Telephones - the nearest telephone to report accidents, illnesses or emergencies
- First Aiders - identify lab faculty and staff who are trained in first aid
All accidents and injuries must be reported within 24 hours to the program chair or program manager and an Incident Report Form will be completed and submitted to the Occupational Health and Safety Office.
Students are encouraged to download Conestoga's free mobile safety app, which features emergency contacts, safety tips, a personal safety toolbox and maps.
Machine Operation and Safety
Machine operation and safety requirements will be provided by the faculty responsible for the delivery of each course, as necessary. Students will sign-off after they have received safety training relevant to the machinery in use. Students must not use any equipment for which they have not received training or which they do not feel comfortable using.
A student who does not follow appropriate safety measures and puts themself and/or others at risk, may be asked to leave the shop by the faculty, technologist or staff. It will be the student's responsibility to make up for the content missed while away from the shop.
Physical Protection / Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
For classes with a shop component, the following are the minimum PPE requirements:
- CSA-approved (Omega Symbol required) steel toe work boots or shoes
- CSA-approved safety glasses
Other physical protection requirements in the shop include:
- Long pants must be worn (shorts or capris are not permitted)
- No loose coats or clothing items
- Long hair must be tied back
- No rings, bracelets or loose jewelry
Any additional personal protective equipment requirements will be provided by the faculty responsible for the delivery of each course.
Use of Electronic Devices in Classrooms and Labs
Electronic devices may be used for learning or instructional purposes. Professors or technologists may request devices be put away when a safety issue or distraction occurs. Devices used for accommodations are always welcome. Unauthorized devices used in a testing situation constitutes an academic offence and the Academic Offences Procedure will be applied in this situation.
Conestoga Policies and Procedures
Student Protection Acknowledgement
A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures".Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following:
- Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
- Academic Offences Policy & Procedure
- Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
- Convocation Procedure
- Co-operative Education Policy
- Discontinuance Procedure
- Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
- Grading Procedure
- Program and Course Withdrawal and Refund Procedure/International Student Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
- Readmission Procedure
- Religious Holiday Policy & Procedure
- Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy & Procedure
- Student Feedback Policy
- Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure
Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfil and enforce these standards.
General Education / Interdisciplinary Electives
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
The purpose of diploma General Education electives and Interdisciplinary electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed not just in their chosen career fields, but in all life paths. Working collaboratively with your program, diploma General Education and degree Interdisciplinary elective courses cultivate critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.
All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.
More information on these courses can be found at www.conestogac.on.ca/electives.
Program courses may use web-based services with data centres outside of Canada. Students may be expected to complete assessments where information is transmitted outside of Canada. Students who do not wish to submit their information to other countries have the right to opt-out. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor if they, in the first week of term or at the time assignment details are provided, wish to submit an alternate assignment.
Course examinations may be administered through a remote proctoring service to assure academic integrity. Ensure that you meet the system requirements that will allow the recording of your computer screen, webcam, and microphone.
Attendance at Evaluations
Working Together to Plan Your Success
Your success matters! As an emerging professional, it is important that you demonstrate the same professional attitude to your program that you will be required to demonstrate to your future workplace. Regular, punctual attendance, and active participation in scheduled classes, field and clinical placements, labs and any on-campus and off-campus activities scheduled by your program will help you to understand and master the learning complexities of your program.
If extenuating, unplanned circumstances require you to miss a class, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members and to acquire any missed information.
Attendance for Evaluations
Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. An evaluation is defined as a test, exam, presentation or any other formal assessment that contributes to your course mark that requires your presence, in class or on-line. Please note that in many programs across the College, every field placement, clinical day, and lab/shop day is considered crucial to your overall learning and success and the expectation is that you attend. If you are in a program that includes field or clinical placements, labs/shops, or any other on or off campus activities, it is essential that you discuss attendance requirements with your program faculty in order to understand expectations and consequences.
Your attendance for all evaluations is a requirement. If there is a concerning pattern of absence from evaluations across your program, you may be asked to meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Advisor to discuss strategies for success.
While circumstances such as religious holidays and academic accommodations may necessitate rescheduling of evaluations and will be accommodated, please note that there will be no special arrangements made for rescheduling evaluations due to personal conflicts such as work or vacation plans.
In order to facilitate a smooth implementation for all scheduled evaluations, both you and your program faculty have responsibilities which are listed below:
- To communicate all course obligations to you at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan, including evaluation and presentation dates.
- To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program or the faculty members that may require changes to the course schedule.
- To provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations/work due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council and documented accommodations through the Accessibility Office.
- To accept alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine based on the unique circumstances and students' individual needs.
- To facilitate alternative evaluation arrangements as described below.
- To be informed about all course obligations and due dates.
- To inform your faculty member in writing of the need to reschedule evaluations due to a religious holiday as defined by the College Employer Council.
- If you have to be absent from any scheduled evaluation, report your absence on the Student Portal using the procedure below. You must do this prior to the start of the evaluation or risk receiving a mark of zero.
How to Report Absences on the Student Portal
- Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
- Indicate whether or not there is an assessment scheduled on that day by clicking 'Yes or No', as well as the reason for the absence (illness or other).
- Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
- Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
- You will receive a confirmation email that your absence has been recorded.
Important! Please note the following:
- The earliest you can record an absence for a particular day, is after 8:00 p.m. the day before. You must report each day you are absent.
- The Absence Recording System will show you as being absent for the day, starting from the time that you recorded the absence. For example, if you record your absence on a specific day at 11:00 a.m., the system will show you as being absent for all classes starting after 11:00 a.m. that day.
- If you are going to be present for any other classes on the day for which you recorded an absence, please let the faculty member know by attending or following up by eConestoga or college email.
- When you return to campus, make eConestoga or email contact immediately with the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed in order to arrange appropriate follow up.
Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations Less than 20%
Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances such as brief illness do arise during the semester and that a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary. A valid absence from a scheduled evaluation worth less than 20% of the final grade which is not documented through the Accessibility Office or previously arranged due to religious holidays, will be accommodated once per course during the semester, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above. If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (for example an experiential activity, lab or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks to another evaluation item will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via email to their eConestoga or college email address, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.
Absence from additional scheduled evaluations worth less than 20% in the same course may require documentation for verification.
Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations 20% or More
Absence from scheduled evaluations worth 20% or more of the final grade that are not documented through the Accessibility Office or arranged due to religious holidays, will require appropriate documentation for verification, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above.
Alternative Evaluation Arrangements
- Faculty members will determine alternative evaluation arrangements as appropriate. During the pandemic, on-campus Test Centres will be closed.
- Students will complete any necessary forms.
- Students are required to complete the alternative evaluation as scheduled. If an evaluation cannot be rescheduled (for example an experiential activity or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via eConestoga or college email or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.
Program Handbook Revision Log
Last Updated: July 2021
Conestoga's Accessible Learning services provide support for students with permanent and temporary disabilities who feel they are encountering barriers to learning. They work with students to understand the impact of a disability in the college environment and will help develop a success plan that considers student goals and required academic accommodations. Accessible Learning will also communicate necessary accommodations to professors on behalf of the student.
To consult with an Accessibility Advisor about accommodations please make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 519-748-5220 ext. 3232.
Exceptions for non-accessibility focused issues need to be consulted on with your professor. Final approval for exceptions unrelated to academic accommodations rests with the program chair.