Get the hands-on training you need to work towards your Red Seal Endorsement in Carpentry.

From mastering tools, exploring materials, reading blueprints and understanding construction processes and implementation of safety measures, you can receive all the training you need to work towards your Red Seal (RSE) in Carpentry through Yukon University.

Program description

With their intellects, bodies, and tools, carpenters transform mere ideas about architectural spaces into real, physical, and functional dwellings that are essential to our lives. While often physically demanding and mentally challenging, the work of a carpenter is also rooted in finding creative solutions to problems as they cut, shape, install, repair, renovate and build the structures in which we live, work, and play.

Students who complete this program will develop the practical and theoretical competencies required to be assets as new carpentry apprentices in the construction industry. This includes a comprehensive focus on practicing safety, understanding and using a wide range of materials and tools, reading blueprints, appreciating the importance of site preparation/building layout, and reinforcing the mathematical concepts important to the trade. Students will spend up to 50% of their time in the program developing practical, hands-on construction experience through various individual and group building projects. While this practical and theoretical work provides technical structure to the program, a central theme will also be appreciating teamwork in inclusive workplaces as students are welcomed and inspired to join, support, and recreate an industry that celebrates diverse excellence.

Students will receive a Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate upon successful completion of the program. Students who receive a grade of 70% or higher in all courses and the final exam will also be eligible to write the Yukon Government Carpentry Level 1 Apprenticeship Exam.

General outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will…

  • Demonstrate job safety skills and awareness of workplace hazards
  • Explain basic concepts in residential construction, including safety, building materials, tools, site preparation, building layout, and building elements (foundations, floors, walls, roofs)
  • Perform basic techniques in residential construction using a variety of tools
  • Apply drawing, estimation, and mathematical concepts and skills to the carpentry field
  • Access, interpret, and apply information from a variety of documents, including blueprints, the National Building Code, legislation, Occupational Health and Safety and other regulations, and material/tool manufacturer specifications
  • Practice workplace professionalism by valuing work ethic, teamwork, effective communication, and inclusive workspaces
  • Perform assessments of their own hands-on work
  • Navigate paths to employment in carpentry, including the trades apprenticeship system.
Admission requirements
  • Math 10 or equivalent AND English 10 or equivalent
Other requirements
  • good physical condition
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • suitable work clothes and steel-toed work shoes
Graduation requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses in the program and maintain an overall "C" average (70%).

Graduates of the program will receive a Yukon University certificate.

Students may also be offered technical credit towards a Yukon apprenticeship and the opportunity to challenge the Carpentry Apprenticeship Level I (first-year) exam.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon University recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Money matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See money matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Student financial awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon University is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several student financial awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See money matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867 668 5209 to make an appointment.