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Joiners can do more than build cabinets. Joiners may work in a wide variety of specialties such as cabinetmaking, architectural woodwork (millwork), furniture making, boat interiors and store fixture manufacturing.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the fall semester.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The type of work in each of the areas varies. In some shops joiners will be required to read blueprints and visualize the item to be built, make detailed drawings and cutting lists for the item, machine all the components, assemble and then apply a finish. In other shops, the individual may specialize in one or more of these areas.

Training prepares students for entry-level employment in the joinery trade. Basic theory and related information along with hands-on shop practice enable students to become competent in basic interior woodworking tasks. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive credit for level one apprenticeship technical training and credit of
475 work-based hours towards their time in trade. Students can complete their trades qualification by seeking employment as an apprentice and then registering for additional Apprenticeship Training.

Entrance Requirements

For more detailed information about course content:

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

As a Joiner, you could be employed in one or more of the following areas:

  • Architectural Woodwork (Millwork) – This is a broad term for items such as mouldings, windows, doors, staircases, panelling and other products for all types of building construction. View examples…
  • Student work – Joinery is a rewarding and creative trade. Our students are constantly creating new and challenging projects that reflect traditional and modern cabinetmaking techniques. View some of our student projects and check out our BCIT Joinery Instagram page.
  • Yacht interiors – This is a specialized form of Joinery that adapts standard trade practices to produce the cabinets and trim required for the boat building industry. This often requires cabinetmakers with good three-dimensional thinking to fit parts onto curved and irregular surfaces. View examples…
  • Specialty items – There are many woodworking companies specializing in items that do not fit neatly into one of the above categories, for example makers of musical instruments and sporting goods. View examples…

The scope of a Joiner’s responsibilities varies with the size and type of employer. When you set out to learn the trade, you should try to master all aspects. Your abilities to lay out, machine, assemble, finish, and install a wide variety of products to a high level of quality will give you the best chance for continued employment, career advancement, and receiving the highest pay levels.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

If you still have any questions about our program after reviewing our web pages, please contact any one of us. It would be our pleasure to provide additional information.

For a list of our current Program Advisory Committee (PAC) members please see below.

Faculty and Staff

Paul Schmid Paul Schmid, TQ
Department Head
Tel: 604-456-8124
Breena Jackson Breena Jackson, TQ
Tel: 604-451-7163
Kyle Karlstedt Kyle Karlstedt, TQ
Tel: 604-451-7016
Bill Nash Bill Nash, TQ
Tel: 604-451-7162
Andrew Pavle Andrew Pavle, TQ
Tel: 604-451-6812
Doug Smith Doug Smith, B.Ed, TQ
Tel: 604-431-4962
Nancy Smith
Tool Room Attendant
Tel: 604-432-8806

Advisory committee

  • Jason Dugal – Chair, Coastal Craft
  • Glenda Harskamp, Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of BC
  • Phil Lipton, Veritas Millwork
  • Kevin Siggs, Nova Kitchens & Custom Cabinets
  • Ken Simpson, E.Roko Distributors Ltd.
  • Reg Vidmar, Benchmark Architectural Woodworking

Training Schedule

The below training schedule is for your convenience so you may have a better idea when our future intakes occur. We do our best to keep this training schedule current. We also suggest contacting admission and registration to see if there have been any changes or additions to what is currently being listed.

Note: All classes are limited to 16 students and fill months in advance.

Start Date: Oct 12, 2021 End Date: April 14, 2022
Start Date: Feb 28, 2022 End Date: Aug 19, 2022
Start Date: April 19, 2022 End Date: Oct 7, 2022

Contact Us

Paul Schmid
Department Head
Tel: 604-456-8124

The Joinery building (NE-2) is located at the north end of BCIT’s Burnaby Campus, close to the intersection of Willingdon Avenue and Canada Way. The easiest access is from the Canada Way entrance at Beta Avenue. At the stoplight, turn south onto Beta and then take the next right at Smith Street. Continue on Smith. We are the fifth building down on your left hand side.

Metered visitor parking is available on the west side of the Inglis Building (NE-1), just across the street from our shop.

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