Short Term Programs

Construction Worker Preparation


Career Description

Someone’s got to help make those buildings, why not you? Construction workers often find work at construction sites to gain experience in the field by doing various activities related to different trades by helping maintain a clean work site, and helping other trades people with their jobs.

Ability to lift 50 lbs., manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, good eyesight, hearing physical mobility and, strong communications skills are needed to work in this field.

This type of work is best suited for people who like to work with their hands, enjoy working outdoors, and working as a member of a construction crew.

Program Description

This program is designed help students gain basic skills needed for entry-level work on a residential or industrial construction sites. SIIT Construction worker prep students will learn about trades math, personal safety, the use of portable and stationary tools, site safety, and the basics of the construction industry. Students will also gain a good understanding of the work involved in several trades such as carpentry, concrete forming, dry walling, and roofing.


Once a student completes this program, they will receive a Construction Worker Prep Certificate.

Adult Basic Education, Trades and Industrial, and Post-Secondary Programs

More than 30 Academic and Quick Skills programs

SIIT is a First Nation Governed, credit granting post-secondary institution

More than 1000 employers work with SIIT Career Centres every year

Established in 1976

90% Indigenous student body

Over $350,000 in Awards are available to SIIT students every year

9 Career Centres province wide connect job seekers to employment opportunities

SIIT offers a wide range of Student Services and Cultural Supports

Programs are offered at 3 campuses and over 35 community learning sites per year

Students from more than 70 First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and Non Indigenous communities attend SIIT

JobSeries provides foundational, in-community pre-employment training

More than 65% of SIIT Staff and Faculty are Indigenous

JobConnections mobile career services are available for rural communities

More than 60,000 Alumni

Admission Requirements


Academic Requirements

Minimum Grade 10, Adult 10, or GED

Industry Requirements

good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical agility for many jobs.

Non-Academic Requirement



Some employers may require a grade 12 or equivalent to advance in management roles.

Delivery Method

Over a ten (10) week period students enrolled in this program expect to attend 30 hours/week of classes.

The breakdown:

34% in class

66% hands on training

Additional at home independent learning is not needed but can help with your education.

Tuition and Fees

Dependent on location.

Students can expect to pay little to no fees depending on location and circumstances involved in training. (sponsors, LFD)


CWPP 100 – Orientation and Job Readiness

CWPP 110 – Construction Trade Mat

CWPP 120 Construction Safety

CWPP 130 Portable and Stationary Tools

CWPP 140 Construction Basics

What to Expect

If you’re in this program, be advised that you will likely not be at a major campus but at one of our trades Centre’s. These center’s often have their own kitchenette and student lounge (bringing a lunch is recommended) and depending on which location you could be in driving distance to restaurants/fast food (this can also be expensive).

The first week in this program is about safety training; how to keep yourself safe and those around you safe, and how to implement safe work practices.

At the start of the program students will start at an introductory level and gradually work up to more complex tasks, and by completion students will be able to work on a construction site confidently.

Personal Protective Equipment is provided; students will take time getting used to wearing all of the pieces to understand the importance of the equipment.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of this program is based on a Pass/Fail system.

Attendance Policy

You must attend class regularly and maintain 90% attendance throughout the program to meet graduation requirements. 

Apprenticeship Requirements

This course will provide students with 300 hours to their time for apprenticeship in the carpentry field.

Career Posibilities

Graduates will find work in the construction industry in a variety of entry level positions such as carpenter helpers or apprentices.

Depending on the person, this can lead to many possibilities working in the trades. Cabinet makers and, Journeyman Carpenters are common paths you can take among others.

Saskatchewan Wage/Hour (NOC 7611)

Low – $15.00

Median – $20.00

High – $28.00

International Students

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

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).

Acceptance Policy

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

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

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