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Introduction to Construction Trades

14 - 25 credits

This course prepares students for careers in the construction trades. Program includes:

  • Workplace Essential Skills 35 (trades math, science and literacy)
  • Career Internship (professional development, industry guest speakers, resume writing, interview skills, job seeking)
  • Construction Projects
  • Industry Safety Certification, including: CSTS, Fall Protection, Confined Spaces, H2S Alive
  • First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Driver’s Training

Class runs in Blocks 4 & 5 daily, from 12:33 – 3:05 pm. Focus is on learning about the many construction trade pathways and preparing for the work place. Emphasis on work place safety, essential skills and industry expectations is woven throughout this program.  Students can expect to work hard and exit with a diverse and expansive resume.  Attendance and punctuality are essential to success in the program.


Carpenter 1st Period Apprenticeship

OFFERED IN SEMESTER 2, only 15 seats available

Prerequisite - Introduction to Construction Trades (some exceptions apply)

The Carpenter Apprenticeship (CRA) courses are delivered by our journeyperson carpenter and teacher, Drew Belanger onsite at CHC. At the end of the course, students have the option to challenge the 1st year apprenticeship exam. Students will still be required to get employment and to be apprenticed for the required hours of the apprenticeship. Visit ALBERTA DUAL CREDIT for more information.

CTS Apprenticeship Pathway courses include:

  • CRA3400: Introduction to Work Site Safety
  • CRA3405: Basic Hand, Power Tools & Safety
  • CRA3410: Construction Materials & Processes
  • CRA3415: Site Preparation & Floor Systems
  • CRA3420: Foundations & Concrete Structures
  • CRA3425: Blueprint Drawings & Sketching
  • CRA3430: Construction Machines, Tools & Equipment
  • CRA3435: Blueprint Interpretation
  • CRA3440: CRA Practicum Course A
  • CRA3445: CRA Practicum Course B
  • CRA3450: CRA Practicum Course C
  • CRA3455: CRA Practicum Course D

Credentialing is external to Alberta Education, and it is the responsibility of the student/teacher/school to ensure that correct records and information are registered through Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT). 

A CTS Course Completion Record for this CTS Apprenticeship Pathway is available at: Apprenticeship and Industry: Forms and References (link is external).

For more information about apprenticeship in Alberta, visit Apprenticeship and Industry Training: Tradesecrets (link is external).

Contact Mr. Drew Belanger for a meeting:  drew.belanger@epsb.ca


Registered Apprenticeship Program

up to 48 credits 

The RAP program is powered by Alberta Education and Apprenticeship and Industry Training for students who are interested in pursuing a career within 1 of the 50 (or more) trades in Alberta. The intent of this program is for students to gain credits toward a high school diploma while working towards hours for an apprenticeship. This program can provide a student with up to 1125 hours towards the apprenticeship work experience hours along with 48 high school credits. The RAP program is unique in that student will be set up with an employer and will be sponsored to become an apprentice within three weeks of work. Careers Next Generation and Centre High work hard to place all eligible students in a placement that fits students’ and employers’ needs.


Work Experience

3 - 15 credits

Centre High offers an off-campus Work Experience program that encourages students to become involved in a new learning experience.  After completing the pre-requisite safety and workplace training at Centre High, students will be able to use a paid or volunteer position to explore a future career and receive practical on-the-job training; all while earning high school credits.   Students will develop work search strategies and tools to access provincial and national job banks to seek employment.