Click here to learn more about Vocational Programs and whether they're right for you!
Are you a high school student who wants to get ahead of the crowd? Learn more about ACE-IT Programs here.
Already a pro, but want to stay up to date on your skills? Find Course Refresher programs here.
Apprentice, Foundation, Youth and other Non-Apprentice intake schedules starting out to March 31, 2018 have just been released. Please use the schedules' mail icon to contact the institution directly about registration information. Note that dates and other information are subject to change.
Note: This trade is transitioning to a Pan-Canadian Harmonized program so it is important that Apprentices understand how that impacts their program path. Details on the transition can be found via the Industry Training Authority link, or contact your trainer for the most current updates.
Carpenters build and repair a vast array of structures made of wood, wood-substitutes and other materials. Carpenters assemble and erect forms for concrete, wood and metal frame construction and use plans and instruments to prepare for excavating and shoring. On smaller projects, they direct concrete placement, and install exterior and interior finish materials such as siding, doors, windows and cabinets. It is a physically demanding occupation requiring the lifting of heavy tools and materials. As Carpentry is primarily a work-based training trade, mentoring of apprentices and workers is a necessary skill for Journeyperson Carpenters.
Carpentry is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.
Learn more about Construction Trades at Discover Trades BC.
Education recommendation: Grade 10 (Grade 12 preferred); English 10 or English-language proficiency; Math 10; Science 10.
The Apprenticeship Program is comprised of Levels 1-to-4 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking 7 weeks (210 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 6,480 hours of work-based training.
The Foundation Program - which may have stricter entrance requirements - can jump-start your career without employer sponsorship by supplying the knowledge and skills to enter directly at Level 2 (refer to Industry Training Authority for alternative paths into the occupation).