Carpentry Refresher

To apply for the Carpentry Refresher program, click here.

Program Description

This five week exam prep program prepares learners with previous carpentry experience to challenge the Interprovincial Red Seal Exam for Carpentry. It provides a test prep of all four levels of carpentry apprenticeship and code book review. Participants challenge the Interprovincial Exam for Carpentry on the last day of the program.

This program is delivered at our training centers in Saskatoon and Regina.


Admission Requirements

Previous experience as a carpenter is required and 7200 hours in the trade.

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

English Language Benchmark

SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).

The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Commission/ Carpentry Interprovincial Red Seal Exam

Additional information about this exam can be found here on Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Commissions’ website.

Tuition and Fees

Students are expected to pay the tuition fee. Registered SIIT apprentices can also expect application and exam fees to be paid by the JTC.

What to Expect

Day to Day

Delivery Method

In this five week program, students can expect full days of in class theory. Class is held Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day.

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate.

For Carpentry Refresher students, an attendance rate of 90% or better is required to challenge the Interprovincial Red Seal Exam.

If you have been approved for funding, you must maintain the attendance required by your sponsoring agency to remain eligible to receive payment.

Graduation Requirements and Credential

A minimum of 70% is required to pass the IP Red Seal exam. Students must maintain an attendance of 90% or better to complete the program.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from SIIT. Those who are successful on the Red Seal Exam will receive their Journeyperson Certificate from Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Commission. (SATCC)

Career Path

Career Opportunities & Salaries

Graduates of carpentry levels can expect to find employment and apprenticeship as Carpenters (NOC 7271).

Carpenters construct, erect, install, maintain and repair structures and components of structures made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials. They are employed by construction companies, carpentry contractors, and maintenance departments of factories, plants and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.

In Saskatchewan, the average annual salary for Carpenters is $ 52,300 ( Carpenters are in high demand in Saskatchewan. Those who pass the Interprovincial Exam earn a higher than average annual salary.

For assistance finding employment, please contact your local SIIT Career Centre.

Apprenticeship Opportunities and Licensing Requirements

To graduate from each level of the apprenticeship program, an apprentice must successfully complete the required technical training and compile enough on-the-job experience to total at least 1800 hours each year. Total trade time required is 7200 hours and 4 years in the trade.

Upon completion of their apprenticeship technical training and required industry experience, level 4 apprentices may write the Interprovincial Journeyperson Examination and obtain a Red Seal.

For additional information on the apprenticeship process for Carpenters in Saskatchewan, click here.

Support for apprentices is available through SIIT’s Joint Training Committee (JTC). The SIIT Joint Training Committee (JTC) has been building careers in skilled trades since 1998 and to date can boast over 125 Journeypersons in the province of Saskatchewan. The JTC supports qualified Indigenous individuals to enter the trades as apprentices, complete trade levels, and become Journeypersons. Levels 1 and 2 indenture Fees are paid by the JTC. Services are available province wide.

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