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We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September

Location: Summerside Waterfront Campus

Length: 1 Year

Credential: Certificate, Carpenter

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

Start your career in the Skilled Trades

In the Carpentry program, you will learn how to apply concepts from math, engineering and design to construct solid building structures. You will learn about blueprints, building layout, framing, roof, wall, and floor systems, interior and exterior finish, and more.  

Courses are delivered in the classroom, in the shop, and at our Summerside campus carpentry compound. Throughout the program, you'll continually develop your carpentry skills by building a two-bedroom cottage with your classmates, under the guidance of our Red Seal instructors. When you graduate, you can enter the workforce with confidence and start working toward your Red Seal Certification in Carpentry.

This program is located at our Summerside Waterfront Campus. Take a virtual tour. 


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 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 can register as an apprentice to continue your apprenticeship journey, ultimately completing the Red Seal 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 Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification.  

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Résumé 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


2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1 Year



Tuition $4,471 $9,571
Fees $912 $1,662
Other Costs $1,100 $1,100
Total $6,483 $12,333

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition $4,471
Lab Fee $75
Student Union $172
Health Insurance Fee $445
Graduation Fee $100
First Aid/WHMIS $120
     Subtotal $5,383
1st installment due September 5 $3,565
2nd installment due January 8 $1,818

Other Costs

1 Year

Books $400
Uniforms/Safety Shoes/Licence Fee $400
Equipment/Tools/Registration Fees $300
     Subtotal $1,100
Total $6,263

International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition* $9,571
Lab Fee $75
Student Union $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195
Graduation Fee $100
First Aid/WHMIS $120
     Subtotal $11,233
1st installment due September 5 $ 9,415
2nd installment due January 8 $ 1,818

Other Costs

1 Year

Books $400
Uniforms/Safety Shoes/Licence Fee $400
Equipment/Tools/Registration Fees $300
     Subtotal $1,100
Total $12,333

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • Building contractors
  • Self-employment
  • Building supply yards


After you graduate from Holland College, your apprenticeship training begins. When you register with your provincial apprenticeship program, you will receive credit for the hours earned and level exams passed while you were at Holland College. Learn more about apprenticeship and the Red Seal program.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:BLPR-1025

Carpentry Blueprint Reading

This course introduces students to working,drawings used for construction. Students learn,to read drawings and interpret the information,contained in the drawings.


Course Code:CARP-1010

Tools of the Carpentry Trade

Students learn to identify and use tools related,to the capentry trade in a safe and efficient,manner. Students are exposed to a variety of,hand, portable power, and stationary power tools,,as well as measurement and layout tools that are,used during the program and throughout their,careers.


Course Code:CARP-1015

Framing Fundamentals

Students learn the requirements for framing a,structure according to the National Building,Code. Students also learn about the forces and,loads placed upon a structure, as well as types,of applications for floor, wall, exterior deck,,and roof framing systems.


Course Code:CARP-1020

Construction Skills Training I

Students gain hands on experience while they,learn and apply practical construction skills in,the construction of small and large scale,projects. Students gain an overview of,construction projects from start to finish, with,a strong emphasis on framing techniques, and,compliance with the National Building Code (NBC)., Students also gain experience as safety officers,to ensure a safe working environment.


Course Code:CARP-1025

Interior and Exterior Finishes

Students learn about the building envelope and,explore various types of exterior finishes used,in modern construction. Students also learn,about interior systems and finishes, and how,these systems apply to building science,principles.


Course Code:CARP-1030

Doors, Windows, and Trim

Students learn about exterior door and window,systems, their characteristics, types of,assemblies and accessories, as well as procedures,for their layout and installation. Interior,doors are also covered, as well as types and,methods of applying interior finish such as trim,and baseboard.


Course Code:CARP-1040

Site Preparation, Building Layout and,Foundations

Students learn about the activites, procedures,,and equipment used to prepare a site for a,construction project. Various types of,foundations found in today's construction are,discussed, as well as how to layout and prepare,for their implementation. Students also learn,how to safely communicate on a worksite and how,to safely and properly prepare for the hoisting,and rigging of materials and components.


Course Code:CARP-1045

Materials of Construction

This course provides students with a thorough,introduction to the materials used in residential,construction. Categories of materials examined,and used include metal, woods, composites,,concrete, and glues. Students learn to identify,types of woods and explain the process of turning,trees into building materials.


Course Code:CARP-1050

Construction Skills Training II

Students gain practical experience while engaging,in the construction of a large project for the,interior and exterior finish work. Finishing,techniques and compliance with the National,Building Code (NBC) are emphasized, as well as,preparing for and working with associated trades., Students also gain experience as safety officers,to ensure a safe working environment.


Course Code:COMM-1005

Workplace Communications

This course is designed to allow students to,develop preparatory skills for securing and,retaining employment including; workplace,communication, time management, critical thinking,and problem-solving, and customer service. Upon,successful completion of this course students are,able to use oral communications techniques, and,create a variety of written documents and reports,used in the workplace. Methods and strategies,for job search, preparation and retention are,also incorporated.


Course Code:COMP-1000

Computer Essentials

Students learn productivity software and explore,digital environments with practical applications,for various workplaces and educational,institutions. The main areas of focus include word,processing, spreadsheets, presentation software,,email and other electronic communication tools,,various digital environments, and,industry-specific applications.


Course Code:MATH-1005

Math Essentials

This course is designed to provide students with,a review of fundamental trade related math,skills. Students acquire competency in the math,skills as they relate to their chosen trade,program and future career. Emphasis is placed on,developing problem solving and critical thinking,skills. Students are challenged to continually,make connections between math and their trade, as,well as every day applications.


Course Code:MATH-1015

Math for Carpenters

This course is designed to enable the student to,develop trade related math skills. Students,acquire competency in the math skills as they,relate to their carpentry program and future,career. Emphasis is placed on developing problem,solving and critical thinking skills. Students,are challenged to continually make connections,between math and carpentry, as well as every day,applications.


Course Code:NCPR-1001

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard,first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),skills from a certified trainer. As required by,regulation, this course covers CPR and the,management of other breathing, airway and,circulation emergencies, as well as, the control,of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing,fractures and dislocations, head and spine,injuries, and more. Also, includes automated,external defibrilators (AED). This certification,expires in 3 years.


Course Code:NCPR-1002

Workplace Hazardous Materials,Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials,Information System (WHMIS) training and,certification.


Course Code:NCPR-1066

Certified Fall Protection

Students are trained and become certified in the,application and use of fall protection equipment., Students explore hazards, legislative,requirements, as well as various types of fall,protection systems and their components. ,Demonstration of the proper application and use,of fall protection is required in order to pass,this course.


Course Code:SAFE-1015

Occupational Health and Safety,For Carpenters

In this course students learn the information,needed to prevent accidents and protect themselves,and others from injury on the worksite. As well,,students learn the appropriate steps to take in,the event of an accident. Specific components of,the course include provincial legislation,regarding workplace health and safety, fires and,extinguishers, safe use of ladders and,scaffolding, and the role of the safety officer in,the workplace.


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Taking this course was a very good experience for us. Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, we had to complete the theory work by distance. This was great, because we were able to work at our own pace from home, and we saved a lot on fuel costs. Our instructor did a terrific job putting together all the videos for each carpentry module - his explanations of some concepts were much clearer than the book itself, and he was always happy to answer our questions.

Jesse & Lindsey, Class of 2021


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