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Saw Filer: Apprenticeship

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  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $500 for four weeks or $800 for six weeks
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
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  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • Saw Filer- Certificate of Qualification; Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • Coordinator Contact

Application Deadline Advice

Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is strongly recommended.

Training Schedule

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

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Level: 01
Williams Lake Campus
Level: 02
Williams Lake Campus

Apprenticeship Training

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

Saw Filer

For updated details regarding Saw Filer, please review the ITA Accredited program profiles.

ITA Registration

Individuals who wish to begin an apprenticeship in this program must register with the ITA along with their sponsors. Application forms for all programs are available from the ITA website. Online registration is also available for most programs though the ITA website.


A Saw Filer fits all types of saws including circular saws, band saws, gang saws, chain saws and operate, repair and adjust saw sharpening equipment. They are also competent to bench all circular and gang saws including tensioning and welding cracks and teeth.

The optional "Benchperson" Endorsement allows qualified Saw Filers to bench band saws, including the lining up of head rigs, grinding of band wheels and any other work usually performed by a Benchperson in the Lumber Manufacturing Industry.

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

The technical training is made up of two levels totaling 300 hours (10 week)s. Level One is 180 hours (6 weeks). Level Two is 120 hours (4 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 4,200 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 140 weeks of training.

The optional Benchperson endorsement requires an additional 4 weeks of technical training and 1,680 hours (56 weeks) of work based training.

Training Content
  • Saw Filer Trades
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Trade Math
  • Saw Basics
  • Band Saws
  • Circular Saws
  • Grinding Wheels
  • Knives
  • Saw Welding
  • Saw Chains
  • Saw Guides
  • Saw Shearboards, Scrapers, Cooling Systems and Hydraulics
  • Tension, Level and Bench Saws
  • Planning and Organizing Work Activities
  • Saw Filing Room Machines
  • Circular Saw Machines
  • Band Mills
  • Quality Control


(Please refer to the BC Curriculum Comparison Chart for course equivalents)

Grade 10 or equivalent, including:
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • Grade 12 or equivalent
Cross-Program Credits

Individuals who hold the credentials listed below are entitled to receive partial credit toward the completion requirements of this program.

Credits Granted



Related Occupations

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

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