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.
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.
Youth Train in Trades
The Youth Train in Trades program is designed to help secondary school students get a head start on careers in the trades while earning credit towards their high school graduation. Learn more online at Skilled Trades BC.
For more information, speak with your high school guidance counsellor or get in touch with Selkirk College’s Industry and Trades administrative assistant.
Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to:
- Apply safe work practices.
- Use construction drawings and specifications.
- Interpret building codes and bylaws.
- Plan and organize work.
- Perform trade mathematics.
- Use tools and equipment.
- Use levelling instruments and equipment.
- Use access, rigging, and hoisting equipment.
- Lay out building locations.
- Complete concrete formwork activities.
- Demonstrate wood frame construction techniques.
- Control the forces acting on a building.
The following admission requirements are specific to the Carpentry Foundation program:
- Graduation from a British Columbia Senior Secondary School or equivalent
- Workplace Math 11, or Selkirk AUD Math 46, with minimum of 60% or better
- Consideration will be given to mature individuals (19 years or older) who are not senior secondary school graduates, provided they are working to complete the recommended education:
- Grade 10 or equivalent including English 10, Mathematics 10
- Grade 12 preferred
- All applicants are required to complete a computerized placement test using the College Readiness Tool (CRT) in reading, writing and mathematics once they have submitted their application.
- Employers may require higher level of Math as part of their hiring policies
- A refundable tool deposit of $100 will be required at the start of the program.
- Physically fit, (mobility/lifting) good manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, balance, work at heights & in adverse weather.
- An interview (in person or by telephone) with the School Chair or designate may be required before entry to the program. Interview results are not used as criteria for admission.
Minimum of 70% required to receive credential.
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