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Full-time Certificate 2050ttcert

Joinery: Where Tradition Meets Technology

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory 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.

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.

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.

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Program Entry

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COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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 Entry Assessments before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Good physical condition is desirable. Potential students with medical or physical difficulties should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963.

Trades Discovery
The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

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.

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year


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 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 Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

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

Cost of books is approximately $500 (general estimated cost and subject to change). Current book pricing is available at the BCIT Bookstore.

Cost of additional supplies depends on which projects are purchased (approximately $100 – $400).

Financial assistance

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


Class hours

0730–1400, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  JOIN 1201 Joinery (Cabinetmaker) Foundation Theory 18.0
  JOIN 1271 Create Shop Drawings 7.0
  JOIN 1276 Practical Projects 25.0
Total Credits: 50.0

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

25 weeks, full-time


A minimum of a 70% grade point average in each individual theory and practical course is required. All courses must be successfully passed with 70% in order to successfully complete the program

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

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...
  • Cabinets - The main product in this group is kitchen and bathroom cabinets, but most woodworking companies build some cabinets as part of their product offerings.
    View examples...
  • Commercial furnishings - This refers to items such as desks, bookcases, and storage units. However, boardroom and meeting room tables, coffee and end tables, reception desks and miscellaneous items used in a commercial environment are also included. View examples...
  • Residential furnishings - Similar to commercial furnishings, this area includes any furniture used in a residential setting. Although upholstered goods are not usually included, a Joiner may make any wood frames for such products.
    View examples...
  • 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.

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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 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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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:  Mar  2, 2020   End Date:  Aug 21, 2020
  Start Date:  Apr 20, 2020 CANCELLED
  End Date:  Oct 9, 2020
  Start Date:  Aug 24, 2020   End Date:  Feb 26, 2021
  Start Date:  Oct 13, 2020   End Date:  Apr 16, 2021

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

Program 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

Contact Us

Program Advising
Tel: 604-434-1610

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"BCIT's training is very beneficial to us, with programs covering every aspect of the Joinery trade from quality control to time management. Over half of our workforce are BCIT grads and they all have contributed to Woodrose's success."

Robert Rivard
General Manager, Woodrose Woodworking Inc.


"I think the Foundation and Apprenticeship programs at BCIT are top quality. The Instructors are knowledgeable, personable, and organized. My time spent here continues to help me increase my job knowledge and love of Joinery."

Rebecca Watt
Foundation Graduate and 2nd Year Apprentice


The BCIT Joinery Department was awarded the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) WorkSafeBC Safety Innovation Award 2018.