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Overview

Note: This program has undergone a curriculum change. Please see the new Carpentry Framing and Forming Foundation page for program information.

Carpentry is divided into four sections: occupational skills, formwork, framing, and interior/exterior finishing. It is a multi-dimensional, physically and intellectually demanding trade using the latest technology. The framing carpenter builds the basic structure (foundations, floors, walls and roof). The concrete-forming carpenter builds the formwork necessary for the placement of concrete. The finish carpenter applies wall panelling and trim, exterior siding and trim, and builds cabinets and stairs. Most carpenters are skilled in all areas of construction, but tend to specialize in one area.

Today, with so many new products and techniques, some carpenters specialize in one particular field of the trade. Among the specialties are:

  • wood framing
  • concrete forming
  • interior and exterior finishing
  • installing cabinets and hanging doors
  • building stairs and railings
  • site preparation and layout

The Program

Training prepares students for entry-level employment in the carpentry trade. Basic theory and related information along with hands-on shop practice enable students to become competent in basic carpentry tasks. The Program consists of 2 courses:

  • Carpentry Framing and Forming Level 1 covers all the technical material included in the first level of carpentry apprenticeship in-school training and supplements it with more extensive practical experience. This course prepares students for entry-level employment with contractors working in residential construction.
  • Carpentry Framing and Forming Level 2 covers all of the technical material included in the second level of carpentry apprenticeship in-school training and supplements it with more extensive practical experience. This course prepares students for entry-level employment with contractors working in commercial construction.

Upon successful completion of the program, students can seek employment as apprentices. The Industry Training Authority has approved this program as meeting the technical training for years 1 and 2 of the Carpentry Apprenticeship and 450 work-based hours credit toward their time in trade.

Carpenters must be able to work at heights and in adverse weather. Potential students with medical or physical difficulties should contact the Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the Institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Job opportunities exist in residential, commercial and industrial construction as well as maintenance in plants and other institutions. Qualified workers may go on to become self-employed or work as foremen or superintendents for other employers. More than half of the available job opportunities in the near future are expected to arise from the need to replace carpenters who retire.

Graduates may qualify for advanced standing as registered candidates within the apprenticeship system.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Financial aid & Awards

All BCIT students have the opportunity to apply for financial aid.

Carpentry Framing and Forming Foundation students have the opportunity to apply for two special PCL Centennial Construction Industry Training Entrance Awards. For information on these two please contact the Chief Instructor of the Carpentry Department.