As the backbone of vibrant communities, your work as a carpenter will be in high demand, giving your career high earning and growth potential. With this trade, you’ll enjoy the flexibility of being an independent contractor or the security of working for larger organizations.
Students engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities. Theoretical principles of construction are learned in the classroom, while the majority of the time is spent in the shop where students learn and gain mastery of practical carpentry skills. Early activities include the fabrication of small projects where students learn safe practices, proper tool use and fundamental construction techniques. Gradually, students build structures of increased complexity that simulate real-world construction scenarios. Students learn to lay out buildings and to construct concrete formwork, floors, walls, roofs, and stairs in compliance with BC Building Code standards.
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Theoretical principles of carpentry
Practical in-shop training
450 work-based hours (towards your “on-the-job apprenticeship component”)
Credit for your level one technical training
Knowledge of provincial and national codes
This 24-week program prepares learners for entry level positions as apprentice carpenters with home builders or building contracting companies involved in residential, commercial, or industrial construction. Students earn credit for the Level One technical training component of the carpentry apprenticeship as well as advance credit for 450 work-based hours of the practical on-the-job component of an apprenticeship.
Concrete, wood and metal frame construction
Installation of interior and exterior finishing
Residential, commercial and industrial projects
Conforming to plans, specifications and local building codes
Graduates of the Carpentry Foundation Program at Selkirk College typically find employment as apprentice carpenters engaged in the construction of wood, metal and concrete structures in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial settings. You'll get practical experience and detailed in-class training so you’ll know how to create buildings from the ground-up and deliver the results employers want.
Financing your Training Through Grants
Don't let a lack of funds stop you before you event get started at Selkirk College. If you have applied for a BC Student Loan for Carpentry Foundation, you are automatically eligible for BC's Access Grant for Labour Market Priorities. You don't have to pay this one back as it is intended to help in-demand programs meet BC's labour market needs. Learn more...