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Take success into your own hands, building your career and a better future for your community.

Learn woodworking tools and techniques and gain experience in framing, roofing and surveying. Build the skills you need for a successful career in carpentry, construction and related fields.

The Carpentry program provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in framing, roofing and surveying, as well as an introduction to concrete form construction.

You will learn to safely use hand tools, portable power tools and woodworking machines and understand blueprints and the materials and procedures needed to work in related occupations.

After completing this program, you will have the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to start a career in the construction sector.

  • Program Type
  • Credential
  • Program Delivery
  • In-person Locations
    Notre Dame Campus and Interlake and Peguis – Fisher River Campus
  • Intakes
    Fall and Winter
  • Program Length
    5 months
  • Total Tuition / Fees for Courses
    $3,700 – $4,100
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Regular admission
  • Indigenous Pathway
    Program pathway available to Indigenous learners

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

In this program, you’ll develop the employer-sought skills, practical knowledge and industry connections needed to begin a successful career in construction.


Explore various construction techniques and develop critical thinking skills through training and construction projects, independently and as part of a team.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Residential carpenter   
  • Commercial carpenter 
  • Industrial carpenter 
  • Restoration carpenter
  • Site supervisor 
  • Project manager 
  • General contractor


What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with small class sizes, practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

Take advantage of modern workspaces throughout the brand-new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre (STTC) building located at our Notre Dame Campus.
Our modern facilities create the perfect atmosphere for learning, collaboration and relaxation, supporting you as you prepare for your future career.
Get practical experience with industry-standard technology in our state-of-the-art carpentry shop.
Develop your carpentry skills and become career ready with our experiential lessons, modern equipment and experienced instructors.
Measure twice, cut once! Learn to optimize your work and develop techniques that ensure you’re career ready.
At RRC Polytech, you’ll have access to everything you need to succeed, from tools and modern machinery to student aid and financial supports.
Learn like you’re working! Train using the same personal protection equipment (PPE), tools and techniques you’ll find on-site and at work.

Graduate Success

Join a wide network of successful Carpentry grads working across Manitoba. Whether you’re building your own business or just starting your career, RRC Polytech will ensure you have the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to succeed.

The statistics below represent the opinions and employment statuses of this program’s recent grads. They were retrieved from the 2019-2020 RRC Polytech Graduate Satisfaction and Employment Report.


We work directly with industry contacts to create strong partnerships between industry contacts, students and instructors. You’ll meet employers and gain valuable experience before graduation, giving you the connections and confidence you need to start your career quickly.


Thanks to expert instructors, state-of-the-art equipment and a range of student supports, you’ll build meaningful experiences and leave our program as a confident, career-ready grad.


Your experience at RRC Polytech is guided and developed by industry experts. Every Carpentry program instructor is a Red-Seal-certified journeyperson with experience working in the residential and commercial sectors – ensuring your education is practical and up to date.

“I think Red River College Polytechnic put me far ahead of where I would have been, if I had just worked hard in the trade and ‘worked my way up,’ kind of deal. It definitely helped me get ahead.”

Joe Froese – Carpenter, Co-owner
Access Framing Inc.

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

A career in carpentry ties pride and accountability into everything you do – you’ll see the tangible results of your work throughout the community. Through carpentry, you’ll craft beautiful and functional solutions to dynamic challenges. As a Carpentry student, you’ll need to combine practical skills and critical thinking with coordination and work in physically demanding conditions.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.


  • Adaptable
  • Big-picture thinker
  • Creative
  • Critical thinker
  • DIYer


  • Instruction following
  • Positive attitude
  • Time management
  • Troubleshooting
  • Work ethic


  • Woodworking
  • Carpentry
  • Construction
  • Framing
  • Roofing
  • Surveying
  • Concrete form (formwork)
  • Power tools

All the Information You Need



Ensure signup goes smoothly and understand program requirements before registering. Review required documents and procedures to make sure you’re prepared to enter this program.


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Celebrate and motivate your learning. Whether you’ve sprinted through the first term or just received your acceptance letter, find a variety of bursaries, scholarships and awards.


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Plan out your preferred learning journey. Review a summary of this program’s courses to discover what you’ll learn and how an RRC Polytech education will help your career.


Ensure signup goes smoothly and understand program requirements before registering. Review required documents and procedures to make sure you’re prepared to enter this program.


Explore our Catalogue for more detailed information, including a program outline, course descriptions and everything you’ll need to plan and prepare for your future success.

Begin Your Journey

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Your future is within reach, and we’re here to help you achieve it. Experience industry-focused opportunities available at RRC Polytech and develop the knowledge and skills to grow, lead and excel in your future career.

Funding Your Education

Support yourself while pursuing your RRC Polytech education. You may be eligible for loans, grants and scholarships to help tackle your financial needs.

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RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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