your program information with BCIT .

  • 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 - Benchperson

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


A "Lumber Manufacturing Industry - Benchperson" is a qualified Saw Fitter and Circular Filer who is able to:

  • bench all types of band saws (ie-inspect saws to make sure they are level; ensure that the saw is correctly adjusted for cutting; ensure proper tension to stand up to the demands of cutting);
  • maintain and align the components of band saw machine centres to ensure effective operation with the least amount of saw wear and wood waste;
  • use tipping and sharpening methods to maintain the specified tooth geometry of band saws;
  • maintain band saw benching equipment, tipping and sharpening equipment, and alignment tools and equipment.

The format of the program combines in-school and work-based training. It is normally completed in one year.

The in-school training part is four 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 1680 hours. Based on a 40-hour work week this involves 42 weeks of training.

Training Content

Areas of training cover:

  • Sawfitter & Circular Saw Review
  • Scope of the Trade
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Band Saw Math & Measurement
  • Quality Control
  • Band Saw Benching Procedures
  • Band Saws (Mig Welding)
  • Maintaining and Aligning Band Mills
  • Brand Mill Wheel Grinding Procedures
  • Troubleshooting Basic Hydraulic Systems



  • 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 2520 (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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