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.

Unfortunately, at this point in time, this program is not available to international students. Please click the link to view all of our international students programs.

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

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of English Language Arts 10-2 and Math 10-3, OR
  • The completion of Portage College’s COMM 300 and Math 300 courses
  • A Coordinator interview will be set up for those applicants that meet the academic requirements.

Students who do not meet the admission requirements contact Student Services regarding opportunities for placement testing. Students will need to submit an application to the program to start this process.

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

Program Start/End Dates
August 29, 2024 - June 30, 2025

Fall Term: Upgrading
Winter Term: Trades Training
Spring Term: Placement

Application Deadline
August 15, 2023

Lac La Biche Campus


Tuition $10,700.00
Student Association Fee $233.40
Technology Fee $165.42
Recreation Fee $109.14
Total $11,207.96

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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