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You’ve always known that a desk job—or any job where you do the same thing every day—is not for you. You like to see the results of your work, enjoy new challenges, and take pride in precision: good enough is not good enough for you.

Carpentry is not just a physical job. It requires ability in mathematics, engineering, technology and design, as well as the skilled and safe use of power tools. In this one-year program, you’ll develop the knowledge you need to go from being handy around the house to someone who builds houses for a living.

You’ll learn about blueprints; building layout; framing; roof, wall, and floor systems; interior and exterior finish; and more. You’ll go from the classroom to the lab to on-site training. When you graduate, you’ll have up to 960 hours toward your apprenticeship requirement and will have your apprenticeship year-one block exams under your belt, putting you on the path toward becoming a Red Seal carpenter.

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Program Facts

Start Date: September
Length: 1 year
Location: Summerside Waterfront Campus
Credential Issued: Certificate, Carpenter
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Red Seal Information


The most successful path to a Red Seal as a carpenter begins with the Carpentry program. This program enables you to earn 30 hours of apprenticeship time for each week of training and earn the opportunity to write the apprenticeship year one block exam, which puts you well on your way to Red Seal certification. Upon graduation, once you are working with a suitable employer, you will register as an apprentice to complete your journey to challenge the Interprovincial Exam. When you register, Apprenticeship PEI will give you credit for the hours earned and block exams passed while you were at Holland College.

The Interprovincial Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification. The Red Seal is recognized as the Interprovincial standard of excellence for your chosen trade and is the designation most employers will ask for.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Building contractors
  • Self-employment
  • Building supply yards

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 7271.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.

If you have any questions concerning the Carpentry program, contact:

General Inquiries: (902) 888-6448

140 Weymouth Street  •  Charlottetown, PE  •  Canada  •  C1A 4Z1  •  info@hollandcollege.com  •  1-800-446-5265