Certificate in Wood Technology

This programme has been designed to meet both the needs of the local carpentry industry and the requirements of the National Training Board and the National Centre for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Students in the programme can expect to experience practical assignments, lectures and field trips to local building sites and industries. The self-directed activities and supervised assistance will enable students to progress successfully through this programme.


Programme Details


Year 1 

First semester - 18 credits

CSC 1100 Learning Strategies for Student Success 1
CSM 1101 Computer Skills Module 2
MAT 0014 Preparatory College Mathematics I 3
  or TMM 1001 Technical Math I
ENG 0044 Communications for Industry I 3
WTC 1101 Orientation, Materials, Fasteners, Hand and Power Tools 1
WTC 1102 Floor, Wall, Ceiling and Roof Framing 4
WTC 1103 Windows and Exterior Doors 4

Second semester - 15 credits

ENG 0045 Communications for Industry II 3
MAT 0015 Preparatory College Mathematics II 3
  or TMM 1002  Technical Math II
WTC 1104 Reading Plans, Site Layout I; Distance Measurement and Level 3
WTC 1105 Introduction to Concrete, Foundations and Flatwork, Reinforcing Concrete, Handling and Placing 3
WTC 1106 Concrete Forms, Patented Forms, and Tilt-Up Wall Systems 3

Year 2

First semester - 16 credits

TSM 1101 Technical Science I 4
WTC 2107 Exterior Finishing, Roofing Applications, Thermal and Moisture Protection 4
WTC 2108 Framing with Metal Studs, Drywall Installation, Drywall Finishing, Interior Finish II: Suspended Ceilings 4
WTC 2109 Stairs, Interior Finish I, Interior Finish III and Interior Finish IV 4

Second semester - 12 credits

TSM 1102 Technical Science II 4
WTC 2110 Advanced Roof Systems; Advanced Floor Systems and Advanced Wall Systems 4
WTC 2111 Introduction to Light Equipment, Welding and Metal Buildings 1
WTC 2112 Site Layout II – Angular Measurement, Advanced Stair Systems and Introduction to Project Management and Supervision 3

NCCER Core Courses

Basic Safety NCC 1101 1 SP/SM

Complies with OSHA-10 training requirements. Explains the safety obligations of workers, supervisors, and managers to ensure a safe workplace. Discusses the causes and results of accidents and the impact of accident costs. Reviews the role of company policies and OSHA regulations. Introduces common job-site hazards and identifies proper protections. Defines safe work procedures, proper use of personal protective equipment, and working with hazardous chemicals. Identifies other potential construction hazards, including hazardous material exposures, welding and cutting hazards, and confined spaces.

Mathematics NCC 1102 1 SP/SM

Reviews basic mathematical functions such as adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying whole numbers, fractions and decimals, and explains their applications to the construction trades. Explains how to use and read various length measurement tools, including standard and metric rulers and tape measures, and the architect’s and engineer’s scales. Explains decimal-fraction conversions and the metric system, using practical examples. Also reviews basic geometry as applied to common shapes and forms.

Hand Tools NCC 1103 1 SP/SM

Introduces trainees to hand tools that are widely used in the construction industry, such as hammers, saws, levels, pullers, and clamps. Explains the specific applications of each tool and shows how to use them properly. Also discusses important safety and maintenance issues related to hand tools. 

Power Tools NCC 1104 1 SP/SM

Provides detail descriptions of commonly used power tools, such as drills, saws, grinders, and sanders. Reviews applications, proper use, safety, and maintenance. Many illustrations show power tools used in on-the-job settings. 

Introduction to Construction Drawings NCC 1105 1 SP/SM

Familiarises trainees with basic terms for construction drawings, components, and symbols. Explains the different types of drawings (civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing/piping, electrical, and fire protection) and instructs trainees on how to interpret and use drawing dimensions. Four oversized drawings are included. 

Basic Communication Skills NCC 1107 1 SP/SM

Provides trainees with techniques for communicating effectively with co-workers and supervisors. Includes practical examples that emphasise the importance of verbal and written information and instructions on the job. Also discusses effective telephone and e-mail communication skills. 

Employability Skills NCC 1108 1 SP/SM

Identifies the roles of individuals and companies in the construction industry. Introduces trainees to critical thinking and problem solving skills and computer systems and their industry applications. Also reviews effective relationship skills, effective self-presentation and key workplace issues such as sexual harassment, stress and substance abuse. 

Introduction to Materials Handling NCC 1109 1 SP/SM

Recognises hazards associated with materials handling and explains proper materials handling techniques and procedures. Also introduces materials handling equipment and identifies appropriate equipment for common job-site tasks. 

Credit Course Descriptions