Core Construction

The construction industry is booming and there’s a great demand and need for skilled workers!  If you’re looking to enter an exciting and growing industry, with the potential for future advancement, kick start your career with our 6 week intensive Core Construction program.

Ridge Meadows College (RMC) has years of experience successfully offering this program to contract training vendors and for the first time, is scheduled to launch for members of the general public in Summer, 2023.

Our program provides students with classroom and technical training, with an emphasis placed on practical hands on training to provide job-ready employment skills, workplace safety, in-class discussion, practice, demonstration and examples customized to reflect the realities of the workplace.

This is inclusive of learning math skills required for the industry, how to read blueprints, residential framing and basic concrete, plumbing and electrical theory, drawing specification and layout, workplace safety and residential construction career exploration and employment preparation.  Our program includes third-party certification in:

  • Occupational First Aid (Level 1)
  • Fall Protection
  • Confined Spaces
  • Forklift

RMC is engaging regional industry leaders to ensure the program meets their hiring needs and is working to build relationships that will lead directly into hiring opportunities for program graduates.

**** The Core Construction Program is not currently running at RMC.  Instead, the college is investigating the development of Carpentry Apprenticeship Program.  If you would like to be kept up to date regarding news on the apprenticeship program, please email reception to let us know: rmc@sd42.ca ****

Academic Requirements:

  • Completion of Grade 10 (or equivalent) or 19 years of age or older.

English Language Requirement:

  • Completion of English 10, or equivalent, or a satisfactory demonstration of written and verbal English ability as determined by the College (View the college’s complete English Language Requirements)

Mathematics Requirement:

  • Completion of Math 10, or equivalent, or a satisfactory demonstration of Mathematics ability as determined by the College.

Application Requirements:

  • Completion of Application form

Not Currently Accepting Applications


Program Fees

Program fees for the 2023-24 academic year.

  • Application Fee: $30
  • Deposit upon acceptance to the program: $650
  • Program Tuition (including deposit): $3,350
  • Textbook Fees: TBD
  • Library and Technology Fee: $20

Students will be expected to bring the following:

  • Steel-toed shoes/boots
  • Carpentry belt
  • Work gloves
  • 30cm Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Binder
  • Paper (loose-leaf & graph paper)
  • Pens/Pencils/Highlighters/Sharpies

Course Instalment Plans (CIPs) to pay program fees monthly, are available for students meeting certain conditions.  

Will this program help me gain employment in the construction industry?
Yes, RMC has years of experience successfully offering this program to contract training vendors taught by industry professionals.

When entering the construction industry, there are basic skill set requirements that employers are looking for such as: safety first attitude, math, communication, time management and problem-solving skills.  Our instructors ensure that among other things, these basic skills are taught and consistently applied throughout the program so that students reach their potential and realize success.

What kind of “practical hands on” experience will I get in class?
As our program is taught in building blocks, putting to practice skills taught in class is key in the learning process to be successful. Students will build and be evaluated on projects such as sheds, picnic tables and bed frames.

What are the benefits of taking this course?
Basic knowledge!  Starting a new career is exciting but can also feel a bit overwhelming at first.  Our instructors are well versed in the industry and their goal is to ensure that students learn the basic core construction skills so that on the first day of work, they’re knowledgeable, understand the importance of workplace safety, are confident and motivated to succeed.

Is there payment support for students?
Yes, a payment plan is available through Ridge Meadows College.  Once your application is submitted, our office will contact you with details.

I have no trade experience but am interested in working in this field.  Should I still consider this program?
Absolutely!  Everyone has transferrable skills, that are valuable and essential in any workplace environment.  The key is to build on existing skills, learn new ones  and keep an open mind to new and exciting opportunities.

What do I need to bring to class?
Students are required to have CSA approved steel toe boots.  They should be lace up style and high enough to provide support against ankle injury (please note:  steel toe shoes and non CSA approved boots will not be permitted in class for safety reasons).  Students will also need to bring their own carpentry belt, safety vest and a hard hat (CSA approved).