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Sawfitting: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    Weekly tuition is approximately $110 per week.
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Average Cost Range: $45 to $200; Contact: 604.456.8100 for details
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    Student Apprenticeship Information 604.434.1610 or 1.866.434.1610 (Canada & US only)

Application Deadline Advice

Applications are accepted year round. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application Fee: N/A

Training Schedule

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

Contact BCIT for the next opening.

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

Lumber Manufacturing Industry - Sawfitter

ITA Source: 'Lumber Manufacturing Industry - Sawfitter' profile.


A "Lumber Manufacturing Industry - Sawfitter" fits all types of saws including circular saws, band saws, gang saws and chain saws. They also operate, repair and adjust saw sharpening equipment.

The format of the program combines in-school and work-based training. The two levels of training are normally completed over two years.

The in-school training part involves eight weeks or about four weeks per level. 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 3360 hours. Based on a 40-hour work week this involves 84 weeks of training.

Training Content

The two levels of training cover:

  • Training Requirements & Scope
  • Safe Working Practices
  • Trade Math & Measuring
  • Trade Knowledge
  • Fitting Band Saws & Circular Saws
  • Special Purpose Tools
  • Grinding Wheels
  • Chipper Knives
  • Welding
  • Sawfitter Review
  • Carbide Circular Saws
  • Satellite Bands and Circular Saws
  • Saw Filing Benching Tools
  • Grinding Wheels
  • Saw Equipment Maintenance
  • Welding Saw Cracks (Oxyacetylene)
  • Band Saw Benching Procedures
  • Chain Saw Chains



  • completion of entry level training
  • completion of of a "Circular Saw Filer" Apprenticeship or hold a "Circular Saw Filer" Certificate


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


  • completion of Grade 12 or equivalent

Advisor Tips

If you have 5040 (documented) hours of directly related work experience for this position you may challenge the BC Certificate of Qualification written exam. In doing so you believe that your work experience and self-directed study have prepared you to pass the exam.

If you possess a F.I.R. certificate you are eligible to receive a BC Certificate of Qualification for this position without taking an exam (appropriate payment is needed).

If you have any questions about this program please contact ITA Customer Service at 1.866.660.6011.

Related Occupations

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

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