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 you need to enter the construction industry, including residential, light commercial, light industrial or heavy construction, and covers the competencies for Level 1 of the four year Carpenter Apprenticeship program. You will learn about 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. Safe work habits are emphasized, reinforced and practiced throughout the program.
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 (WHMIS)
- Fall Protection
When you successfully complete the program, you will receive these credits:
- Level 1 Technical Training credit from Industry Training Authority 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
Physical and Environmental Requirements:
- Should be physically fit (mobility and lifting)
- Should have good manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and balance
- Must be able to work at heights and in adverse weather
- Must be prepared for the following risks: dust, fumes, noise and vibration
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:||$124.00|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$229.50|
*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change. Tuition fees include an alumni fee, student activity fees, and a student technology fee. In certain cases a materials and supply fee may also be included. For more information, visit: Tuition and Fees.
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: 2018 Edition there will be 10,000 job openings by 2027
- According to Work BC you can earn up to $35.00 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 positon or general manager for commercial projects – or even own your own construction company!
Carpenter Trades Foundation Training Schedule
|*Carpenter||FDTN||September 7, 2021||March 3, 2022||24 Weeks|
|*Carpenter||FDTN||September 6, 2022||March 2, 2023||24 Weeks|
*Projected | All dates subject to change