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Joinery: Where Tradition Meets Technology

Note: To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the BCIT Apprenticeship website for more 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.
  • 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.

Do you know what a Joiner is? A Joiner will layout, machine, assemble, install and finish products that are fabricated from wood, plastics and other materials. Many of these processes will combine conventional techniques with automated (CNC/CAD/CAM) procedures.

Joiners work in these areas for example:

  • Architectural Woodwork (Millwork)
  • Cabinets
  • Commercial furnishings
  • Residential furnishings
  • Yacht interiors
  • Specialty items

To become a certified journeyperson, you need to complete four years of apprenticeship training. Apprenticeship is a time-proven method of acquiring skills in the trade by combining technical in-school instruction with practical on-the-job training. Apprenticeship training is the best method for passing along trade skills from one generation to the next.

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Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.

Program Entry


There are two ways of beginning your new career as a joinery (cabinetmaker) apprentice:

  1. Take our Joinery (Cabinetmaker) 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 Joinery (Cabinetmaker) Apprenticeship training.
  2. Find employment under a joiner who will register you with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). In this option, you are indentured to a company as an apprentice joiner, 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.

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.

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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 footwear. Cost of books is available at the BCIT Bookstore. Cost of additional 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.


While serving an apprenticeship you acquire skills by combining technical in-school instruction with practical on-the-job training.

The Joinery Apprenticeship program divides your technical in-school training into four distinct levels, 1 through 4. Each level builds on the knowledge gained in previous ones.

In addition to your in-school instruction, you'll need to accrue four years of on-the-job training, working under the supervision of a qualified tradesperson.

While at BCIT, you'll learn by:

  • Receiving formal lectures in a classroom setting as well as on the shop floor
  • Gaining practical experience by working through a set series of exercises and projects
  • Challenging a series of written exams, based on your lectures and theory assignments

Here are some photographs of our other facilities:

Note: Computer lab equipment and software for all our automated equipment and processes are kept leading edge to meet the industry's changing demands.

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 (6 weeks) Credits
  AJON 1GAP Joinery Apprentice Level 1 Final Grade 12.0
Level 2 (6 weeks) Credits
  AJON 2GAP Joinery Apprentice Level 2 Final Grade 12.0
Level 3 (6 weeks) Credits
  AJON 3GAP Joinery Apprentice Level 3 Final Grade 12.0
Level 4 (6 weeks) Credits
  AJON 4GAP Joinery Apprentice L4 Final Grade 12.0
Total Credits: 48.0

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

In BCIT's Joinery program you'll learn core skills for the trade, organized in a logical sequence and taught by qualified instructors who have worked in the industry. The program is designed so that comprehensive instructions are followed by a series of assignments and practical projects to give you the opportunity to hone your skills. Each level of apprenticeship training builds on the skills and knowledge you acquired in your previous training.

The scope of training in the Joinery department includes:

  • Solving mathematical problems
  • Identifying and selecting materials
  • Identifying woodworking joints
  • Applying layout techniques
  • Using hand tools, portable power tools, and woodworking machines
  • Using machining and assembly techniques
  • Constructing a sash, door, and frame
  • Building a staircase
  • Making curved millwork
  • Fabricating a veneered panel
  • Applying a finish
  • Installing millwork
  • Drawing CAD shop drawings
  • Using a CNC machine centre, CNC panel saw, and CAD/CNC software
  • Describing manufacturing processes

For more detailed information about course content:

Program length

The total amount of in-school training for a joiner apprenticeship is 720 hours. There are four levels of training; each is six weeks in length.


Minimum passing grade is 70 per cent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Students that successfully complete their four levels of apprenticeship training and Red Seal exam qualify for BCIT's Diploma (Apprenticeship). Graduates also have the option of receiving this diploma at BCIT's convocation ceremonies.

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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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.

Recent Students' Work

Level 3 Apprentices

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

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.

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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"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.