From concept to completion – watch your project come to life with a career as a carpenter.

Are you creative? Do you enjoy working hands-on both indoors and outdoors? If so, a career in Carpenter might be the right fit for you!

To work as a carpenter, you should:

  • Have a passion for making and building things
  • Be precise, accurate efficient and be able to solve mathematical problems with ease
  • Be able to work independently or with a team.

Carpenters construct, erect, install, maintain, and repair structures made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel, concrete and other materials. You’ll be able to build from architectural designs, apply modern building codes, and keep pace with advances in sustainable building technologies.

To become a Carpenter there are two ways to start.

Carpenter Pathways

Foundation Program

  • 24-week full time program
  • September intake
  • You do not need an employer to take the Carpenter Foundation program! In fact, the main reason to take the Carpenter Foundation program is to gain experience and knowledge about the carpenter trade to make it easier for you to find an employer to sponsor you for the remaining three levels of your apprenticeship.

If you are a high school student, contact the counseling office at your high school for information on how to become a Youth Train in Trades student and get a jump-start on your trades training while you complete your high school diploma. Learn more about the Youth Train in Trades program.

Carpenter Trades Foundation Training Schedule

*CarpenterFDTNSeptember 3, 2024March 6, 202524 Weeks
*CarpenterFDTNSeptember 2, 2025March 5, 202624 Weeks

*Projected | All dates subject to change

Apprenticeship Program

To begin an apprenticeship to become a carpenter, you must:

  • Have an employer sponsor
  • Register with SkilledTradesBC.
  • Complete your apprenticeship training

College of the Rockies offers all four levels of Carpenter Apprenticeship technical training.

Carpenter Trades Apprenticeship Training Schedule

*Carpenter1March 17, 2025May 1, 20257 Weeks
*Carpenter1April 28, 2025June 13, 20257 Weeks
*Carpenter2September 3, 2024October 18, 20247 Weeks
*Carpenter2September 2, 2025October 17, 20257 Weeks
*Carpenter2March 2, 2026April 16, 20267 Weeks
*Carpenter2March 16, 2026May 1, 20267 Weeks
*Carpenter3October 28, 2024December 13, 20247 Weeks
*Carpenter3March 3, 2025April 17, 20257 Weeks
*Carpenter3October 27, 2025December 12, 20257 Weeks
*Carpenter4January 6, 2025February 21, 20257 Weeks
*Carpenter4January 5, 2026February 20, 20267 Weeks

 *Projected | All dates subject to change