This certificate program will get you started in the largest trade in the construction industry. You’ll need good problem-solving skills, a solid work ethic and the ability to work on your own or as part of a team.
When you graduate, you’ll be qualified for jobs with construction companies, general contractors and subcontractors, or in the maintenance departments of school boards, health districts, mining operations and government departments.
With this 18-week applied certificate program you’ll get the basic training you need to get a job in the trade by building practical knowledge and skills in:
- tools and equipment
- construction documents and quantity survey
- site layout and concrete
- footings and foundations
- framing and building envelope
- exterior finishing and roof coverings
- interior finishing and cabinets
- materials and scaffolds
- trade math and communications
Meadow Lake Campus
Sep 9th, 2024 - May 9th, 2025
Application Fee of $35.00
- Grade 10
- English Language Requirement
You will learn how to identify and use basic construction drawings to determine the location, sizes, and types of materials required for residential buildings. You will also be able to interpret building codes and permits.
You will learn how to calculate and establish construction elevations using builder’s levels. You will be able to describe the procedures for performing as well as establish building lines using hand tools. You will also learn how to transfer elevations using a laser level.
You will learn the skills required to test, place, consolidate, finish, and cure concrete. Concrete maintenance and repair will also be covered.
You will learn how to select and properly use a wide variety of hand tools, portable power tools and stationary tools and equipment. You will also learn how to identify and use powder actuated tools.
You will learn how to construct and install formwork for footings, grade beams, and slabs-on-grade. Various types of concrete formwork will be covered as well as procedures for installing reinforcing materials, miscellaneous inserts, and anchor bolts. Procedures for constructing permanent wood foundations will also be covered.
You will learn to assemble various types of floor systems as well as procedures for installing floor sheathing. You will also learn basic principles required for deck construction.
You will learn how to construct wood frame walls, steel stud walls and ceiling joists. Installing strapping, blocking and furring is also covered.
You will learn how to lay out, assemble, erect and brace engineered roof trusses.
Essential Job Skills
You will develop essential job skills by preparing job search documents and practicing effective interpersonal communication skills for the workplace.
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 106, COMM 127, TCOM 102
You will learn to identify different types of wood and non-wood products used in the construction industry as well as various types of mechanical and non-mechanical fasteners and anchors.
You will study basic math operations involving whole numbers, common and decimal fractions, percentages, and ratios and proportions. You will also perform length, area and volume calculations, and conversions involving the Imperial and Metric systems of measurement.
You will apply the skills and knowledge acquired in EQPT 126 (Tools) to construct shop projects. Hands-on experience will help you acquire skills in using common tools of the trade.
Corequisites(s): EQPT 126
Scaffolds and Rigging
You will receive the theory and hands on experience needed for the safe use of ladders, ramps and runways used in construction. The course content includes erecting, maintaining and dismantling various types of access scaffolds and rigging and hoisting equipment.
You will learn to apply occupational health and safety regulations. You will be able to identify and describe personal protective equipment, fall protection, working environment hazards, and industrial health hazards.
You will spend two weeks gaining experience in the construction industry. This will allow you to apply the technical skills and knowledge you acquired during the program. You will have the opportunity to select a company where you would like to complete your work experience.