Residential Renovation and Construction


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Program Description

Are you interested in residential or commercial carpentry and construction? If so, SIIT’s Residential Renovation and Construction (RRaC) program may be the first step to a rewarding career.

The 12 week Residential Renovation and Construction (RRaC) program is delivered in First Nation community locations. The program includes classroom and hands on training, life skills training, career planning, and safety tickets.

Graduates of this program can expect to find entry level employment with residential and commercial construction companies, carpentry contractors, and maintenance departments of factories, plants and other establishments as construction trades helpers and labourers.


Admission Requirements

Minimum Grade 10 with Grade 10 math and science.

Industry Requirements

Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical agility, be able to work at heights and in confined spaces.

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).


  • RRAC 100 Orientation and Job Readiness
  • RRAC 110 Construction Trade Math
  • RRAC 120 Construction Safety
  • RRAC 130 Portable and Stationary Tools
  • RRAC 140 Construction Basics
  • RRAC 150 Renovation Basics

Tuition, Fees, and Funding

Students can expect to pay little to no tuition or fees to participate in this program. Career Centre staff will assess your eligibility for funding when you apply.

What to Expect

Day to Day

Delivery Method

In this 12 week program, students can expect:

  • A combination of in-class theory (30%) and hands on practical training (70%). Class is held Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day.
  • No additional independent (homework) learning.
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 Residential Renovation and Construction (RRaC) students, an attendance rate of 90% or better is required to graduate.
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

You must maintain an attendance of 90% to graduate. The assessment method for this course is pass/ fail and students are required to pass all courses. Graduates will receive a Residential Renovation and Construction Applied Certificate. Graduates of this program are also eligible to receive 300 hours of trade time credit toward a Carpenter apprenticeship.

Career Opportunities & Salaries

Graduates of this program can expect to find employment on residential and commercial construction sites as construction trades helpers and labourers.

Construction trades helpers and labourers make an average annual salary of $51,100 in Saskatchewan.

For assistance finding employment, please contact your local SIIT Career Centre (link to Career Centre page). or your local Labour Development Office.

Apprenticeship Opportunities and Licensing Requirements

To graduate from each level of an 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 at least 4 years in the trade.

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

Although Residential Renovation and Construction is not listed as a designated trade in Saskatchewan, workers may pursue apprenticeship in a related trade, such as carpentry.

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! The JTC supports qualified Indigenous individuals to enter the trades as apprentices, complete trade levels, and become Journeypersons. Indenture Fees are paid by the JTC. Services are available province wide.

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