Women in Skilled Trades (WIST):
Enhanced General Carpentry


In partnership with the Government of Ontario, Canadian Women’s Foundation and RESCON (Residential Construction Council of Ontario), the Centre for Skills Development offers the Enhanced General Carpentry for Women - Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) program. This program provides eligible women with the tools and training to launch a career in the Construction Industry.

The WIST Program also includes comprehensive construction safety training including WHMIS, First Aid, and CPR. The program is focused on Essential Skills training to support women in transitioning into careers in the construction industry. If you are interested in applying for WIST, please contact us using the form below. 

We strongly encourage all interested applicants to apply, as the Centre for Skills Development strives to create a diverse environment in which provides equal opportunity that prohibits any form of discrimination. 

Program Breakdown


In-class and in-shop areas of study include:

  • Framing techniques, floor, wall and roof systems
  • Construction and applied theory
  • Roofing
  • Energy Star building practices
  • Door and window installation
  • Drywall installation and repair
  • Hand and power tools
  • Finish carpentry
  • Painting and interior finishes
  • Blueprint reading
  • Hardwood, laminate and ceramic flooring
  • Estimating
  • Stairs
  • Ontario Building Code
  • Siding
  • Construction marketing & communications

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Women In Skilled Trades Information Sessions

Thank you for your interest in the Enhanced General Carpentry Program for Women - Women in Skilled Trades (WIST).

If you have any questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact:  trades@centreforskills.ca or 905-333-3499 X 321.


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Next program start date: TBD.
Online applications are now closed.


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