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Carpentry – a Career with Infinite Possibilities

Note: Apprentices beginning Level 1 after April 1, 2017 will be required to complete their levels in the harmonized program. Please see the Harmonized Carpentry Apprentice section below for further information.

A carpenter performs all work in connection with the assembly and erection of falsework and forms for concrete, wood and metal frame construction and installs interior and exterior finishing metals for residential, commercial, and industrial projects while conforming to plans and specifications and local building codes. Other trade skills include layout, rigging/signaling, cutting/welding and the erection and dismantling of scaffolding.

The apprenticeship process requires time spent on the job supplemented by in school training. A carpentry apprentice must complete a four-year program including 6360 workplace hours and 840 in-school hours of training completed in four levels of training, each for seven weeks. After completion and achievement of a passing grade, the apprentice will hold the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Interprovincial Standard Endorsement also known as Red Seal.

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Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.

Harmonized Carpentry Apprenticeship

New Carpenter Apprentices starting the program after April 2017 will be required to complete their levels in the harmonized program.

Harmonized apprentice levels will be regularly schedule as follows:

  • Level 1 intakes offered after April 1, 2017
  • Level 2 intakes offered after April 1, 2018
  • Level 3 intakes offered after April 1, 2019
  • Level 4 intakes offered after April 1, 2020

Current Carpentry Apprentices will have the following options to complete their training:

Option 1: Complete the current program

Apprentices that began their training prior to April 2017 are encouraged to complete each level of training in their current stream as follows:

  • Level 2 by March 31, 2018
  • Level 3 by March 31, 2019
  • Level 4 by March 31, 2020

If you try to register for and the level is unavailable please ask the Apprentice Services Customer Service Representative to add your contact information to the interests list to be notified when additional intakes become available.

Option 2: Transition from the current stream to the harmonized stream

Current apprentices that need to transition to the new program will need to complete GAP training in order to enter the new stream. Additional training is required to address the gaps in program content as follows:

  • Transition from current Level 1 to harmonized Level 2
    Gap training consisting of 46 hours of missing content is required (approximately 1 week of full-time training).
  • Transition from current Level 2 to harmonized Level 3
    No transition is allowed.
  • Transition from current Level 3 to harmonized Level 4
    Possible gap training is involved consisting of 17 hours of missing content.

Option 3: Challenge the level exam and transition into the new harmonized program

There is an option to challenge the level exam and transition into the new program. This option will only be available as level exams become available for the new program at the following approximate dates:

  • Level 2 – Fall 2018
  • Level 3 – Fall 2019

Program Entry

If you are registered with the Industry Training Authority, you can apply now to BCIT's Apprenticeship Studies program. Read more about BCIT's apprenticeship programs.

Recommended for success

To be successful in this apprenticeship program, students are recommended to have the following:

*High school graduation is preferred.

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.

Note: please ensure that you are viewing the correct training schedule.

myCommunication

Within two weeks of submitting your training request, a letter will be mailed to your home address. This letter provides instruction on how to sign on to myBCIT, your one stop shop for BCIT apprentice communication. myBCIT is where you will receive your training confirmation details.

Please see myCommunication for more information.

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

Apprentices are expected to bring their CSA-approved steel-toed boots and hard hat. The cost of books and supplies to be determined.

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.

Courses

Class hours

0730-1400, Monday through Friday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

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

The total amount of in-school, technical training for a carpentry apprenticeship is 840 hours. There are four levels of technical training; each is seven weeks long.

Grading

The minimum passing grade is 70 percent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Credential

BCIT offers a Diploma of Trades Training for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

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

Contact Us

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web: bcit.ca/apprenticeship

BCIT Apprentice Services can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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