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Carpentry – a Career with Infinite Possibilities

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.

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
  • hanging doors and installing windows and cabinets

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. Visit the Courses page to view the program matrix and course descriptions for this program.

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 Level 1 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.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

International applicants:

This program accepts applications from international students; however, international students are not eligible to continue to an apprenticeship training program.

To learn more about international student opportunities at BCIT, visit BCIT International.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

BCIT offers Trades Discovery programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter a trades training program:

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BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Students are expected to bring their CSA-approved steel-toed boots.

Cost of books/supplies: $1,255
(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  CARP 1001 Safety and Occupational Skills 8.0
  CARP 1002 Residential Concrete Construction 8.0
  CARP 1003 Introduction to Wood-Frame Construction 8.0
  CARP 2002 Commercial Concrete Constructon 12.0
  CARP 2003 Wood-Frame Construction Systems 10.0
 
Total Credits: 46.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

23 weeks, full-time

Grading

A minimum grade of 70% in each course and completion of all quizzes, exams and practical assignments is required to graduate.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation program to the Industry Training Authority (ITA). This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

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.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Program Advisory Committee

  • Tony Maida - Chair, Bird Construction
  • Chris Backman, Kingston Construction Ltd.
  • Randy Callaghan, PCL Construction Westcoast Inc.
  • Ian Mackie, City of Vancourver
  • Dennis Rithaler, Adera Development Corporation
  • Ed Vandermeer, Centra Windows Inc.
  • Trevor Van Rumpt, G.Wilson Construction Group

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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.