Pre-Apprenticeship Carpentry

This program starts you off with academic upgrading, then carpentry trades training – both theory and practical, and concludes with on-the-job technical training. All students will receive support in job placements which may be used for apprenticeship hours. Students will each participate in an 8-week, 200-hour, trade-appropriate work placement. Upon completion, you will graduate with a certificate which will allow credits towards apprenticeship training in the future.

Please visit the College Preparation website for the full list of courses available to take through our academic upgrading.

Career Potential

Pre-Apprenticeship Carpentry prepares students for direct entry into employment and/or further studies.

Admission Requirements

  • The completion of Portage College’s COMM 300 and Math 300 courses
  • Completion of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) B with at least stanine 6 in both Math and English AND/OR
  • Completion of ELA 10-2 and Math 10-3 
  • A Coordinator interview will be set up for those applicants that meet the academic requirements.

Use this chart to check Provincial high school equivalencies accepted at Portage College. Note: This is just a guide.

Program Start/End Dates

Winter Term: January 3rd, 2023 (Trades Training)

Spring Term: May 1st, 2033 (Placement)

Application Deadline
August 15, 2022

Lac La Biche Campus



Tuition $10,700.00
Student Association Fee $302.35
Technology Fee $235.20
Recreation Fee $132.68
Total $11,370.23

Visit  Portage Bookstore for textbooks and supplies

Rental Books, Supplies and Materials Fees

Other purchases may be necessary in order for students to complete their courses/program.

We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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