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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.

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

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 scheduled 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 - no longer offered
  • Level 3 - by March 2021
  • Level 4 - no longer offered

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 30 hours of missing content is required
  • Transition from current Level 2 to harmonized Level 3
    No transition is allowed.
  • Transition from current Level 3 to harmonized Level 4
    Gap training consisting of 30 hours of missing content is required

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. The individuals that wish to challenge the exam must complete the Carpenter Challenge Application and submit it to the ITA. Prior to approval, proof of workplace hours and scope of experience will assessed.

    Program Entry


    There are two ways of beginning your new career as a carpentry apprentice:

    1. Take our Carpentry Framing and Forming Foundation program. By working through a series of practical projects and assignments and theory assignments, you'll build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to make you more employable in an entry-level position. By successfully completing the program, you will also receive credit for the in-school portion of Level 1 of our Carpentry Apprenticeship training.
    2. Find employment under a carpenter who will register you with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). In this option, you are indentured to a company as an apprentice carpenter, learning basic skills while you are employed. The advantage here is that you earn while you learn.

    Entrance requirements

    You must be an active apprentice registered with the Industry Training Authority to register for apprenticeship training at BCIT.

    Recommended for success

    Grade 10 education or equivalent*, including:

    *High school graduation is preferred.

    Apprentices with medical or physical difficulties should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview with the Institute’s rehabilitation specialist.

    International applicants

    BCIT welcomes apprentice training requests from Canadian citizens and permanent residents only. View programs that accept international students

    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.

    Register for apprentice training

    Consult the training schedule to find a date that is suitable to both you and your employer. Please schedule each level of your technical training at least eight months apart to benefit most from your training.

    Complete an Apprentice Training Request Form [PDF]* and submit by fax, mail or in person with a $200 commitment fee for each level that you choose. You may also register by phone at 604-456-8100

    • Apprentice Training Requests which do not include the $200 commitment fee per level will not be processed or held. There will be no follow up correspondence from BCIT.
    • The $200 commitment fee is non-refundable and non-transferable to future intakes.
    • Your commitment fee is applied to your tuition.

    Apprentices must complete each level of apprentice training in sequential order. For example, apprentices must complete Level 1 before continuing on to Level 2.

    *Apprentice Training Request Forms are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

    Disclosure of personal information and privacy notice

    BCIT Apprentice Services reserves the right to communicate with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and your active employer sponsor about your registration, progress, and related academic information. BCIT also shares apprentice registration information with Work BC. If you have questions about the protection of your personal information, you may contact the BCIT Information Access and Privacy Office.

    View our full Admissions and Registration Privacy Notice


    Within two business days of submitting your apprentice training request, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your training request 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 training request within four weeks.

    Costs & Supplies

    Tuition fees

    Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for 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.


    Class hours

    0730-1400, Monday through Friday

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

    Program matrix

    Level 1 (7 weeks) Credits
      ACAR 1GAP Carpentry Apprentice Level 1 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 14.0
    Level 2 (7 weeks) Credits
      ACAR 2GAP Carpentry Apprentice Level 2 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 14.0
    Level 3 (7 weeks) Credits
      ACAR 3GAP Carpentry Apprentice Level 3 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 14.0
    Level 4 (7 weeks) Credits
      ACAR 4GAP Carpentry Apprentice Level 4 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 14.0
    Total Credits: 56.0

    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

    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.


    The minimum passing grade is 70 percent.

    Program location

    Burnaby Campus
    3700 Willingdon Avenue
    Burnaby, BC

    Graduating & Jobs

    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.

    To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.


    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 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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