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!
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.
The 24-week Carpenter Foundation (pre-apprenticeship) program provides students with the skills, knowledge and training necessary to enter the various sectors of the construction industry (residential, light commercial, light industrial or the heavy construction) and covers the program competencies for Level 1 of the four-level Carpenter Apprenticeship program. Content covered includes construction drawings, building codes and bylaws, hand tools, portable and stationary power tools, ladders and scaffolds, concrete formwork, work frame construction as well as survey instruments and equipment. The program includes classroom theory, demonstrations, and practical hands-on training in a carpenter workshop setting.
For a complete program description, including prerequisite details and technical training content about each level of training see: Carpenter Foundation Program Outline
In this program, you will learn about:
- Applying shop and site safety practices
- Documentation and Organizational Skills
- Using tools and equipment
- Using survey instruments and equipment
- Using access, rigging, and hoisting equipment
- Performing site layout
- Concrete Formwork
- Building with wood frame construction
- Applying building science
You will also take:
- Occupational First Aid Level 1
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems
- Fall Protection
*Students must complete Occupational First Aid Level 1 within the program or have a current Occupational First Aid Level 1 certificate valid to the end of the program.
When you successfully complete the program, you will receive these credits:
- Level 1 Technical Training credit from SkilledTradesBC of the 4 Level Carpenter Apprenticeship program
- 450 work-based training hours
- Certificate of Completion Carpenter Foundation (Industry Training Authority)
- College of the Rockies Certificate
- Secondary school graduation or equivalent, or completion of a College of the Rockies assessment to an acceptable level.
The following education is highly recommended for student success within the program:
- Workplace MATH 10 and Apprenticeship MATH 12. Either Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Trades Mathematics 11, or equivalent
- Either English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, ENGL 090, or equivalent
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.
Tuition and Fees:
|Student Association Fee:||$55.20|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$88.80|
|Occupational First Aid Level 1 Fee:||$139.00|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$229.50|
Additional Student Costs for Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies:
- Safety-toed leather work boots
- Safety glasses
- Coveralls/carpenter’s apron
- Pens, pencils, three-ring binder, paper
Why Choose a Career as a Carpenter?
- It’s an in demand trade!
- According to the British Columbia Labour Market Outlook: 2021 Edition there will be 5,820 job openings by 2031
- According to Work BC you can earn up to $36.00 per hour!
Upon successful completion of the program you can choose from a wide variety of job opportunities with:
- Construction companies
- Carpenter contractors
- Maintenance departments in factories or plants
- Cabinet makers
- Visit the Canada Job Bank to search for available jobs
With experience, you can even move into a supervisor position or general manager for commercial projects – or even own your own construction company!
Carpenter Trades Foundation Training Schedule
|*Carpenter||FDTN||September 5, 2023||February 29, 2024||24 Weeks|
|*Carpenter||FDTN||September 3, 2024||March 6, 2025||24 Weeks|
*Projected | All dates subject to change