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Sawfiler: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $91.55/week; plus student-related fees of $26 per week
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • 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

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

Saw Filer

ITA Source: 'Saw Filer' profile.


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 10 weeks. Level One is 6 weeks. Level Two is 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 4200 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 1680 hours (56 weeks) of work based training.

Training Content

Training modules are:
  • 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



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


  • Grade 12 or equivalent

Related Occupations

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

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