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Carpentry/Building Construction: Apprenticeship


  • Training Level
    Apprenticeship
  • Tuition Estimate
    $129 per week
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Contact: Cloverdale Campus Bookstore 604.598.6020
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    apprentice@kpu.ca 604.598.6102

Application Deadline Advice

This is a limited intake program. Limited intake programs are not offered every semester. Please check the academic calendar to verify when this program is being offered.

The application periods are:

Semester

Applications Open

Applications Close

Fall (Sept)

October 1

March 1

Spring (Jan)

February 1

August 1

Summer (May)

June 1

December 1

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 02
Cloverdale
Level: 03
Cloverdale
Level: 04
Cloverdale

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Carpenter

ITA Source: 'Carpenter' profile.


Description

Carpenters perform all work in connection with the assembly and erection of formwork & falsework for concrete, wood and metal frame construction. They also install exterior and interior finishing metals for residential, commercial, and industrial products. All work must meet plans, specifications and local building codes. Other trade skills include layout, rigging/signaling, cutting/welding, and the erection and dismantling of scaffolding.

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.

The technical training is made up of four levels. Each level is 7 weeks. This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 6480 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 216 weeks of training.

Training Content

Training modules are:

  • Safe Work Practices
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Documentation and Organizational Skills
  • Survey Instruments and Equipment
  • Access, Rigging and Hoisting Equipment
  • Site Layout
  • Concrete Formwork
  • Wood Frame Construction
  • Finishing Materials
  • Building Science

Pre-requisites

Recommended

  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10

Red Seal Endorsement

The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 57 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.

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Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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