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Building BC from the Ground Up

BCIT’s Carpentry department offers both Foundation and Apprenticeship options. Through either program you can start the path to becoming a red seal carpenter.

Carpenters construct, renovate and repair residential, civil, institutional, commercial and industrial structures made of wood, steel, concrete and other materials. They can work for a wide array of employers, including new home builders and renovation firms, construction firms, building owners, property managers and tenants, building developers and government departments.

Learning the skills for a career in carpentry

After receiving a general background in the carpentry trade, carpenters often specialize in specific areas of the trade such as:

  • site preparation and layout
  • concrete formwork and falsework
  • wood or metal framing
  • building stairs and railings
  • interior and exterior finishing