Carpenter Foundation

Foundation Program
Also available as:
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 6 months or less
CAMPUS: Prince George - Quesnel
FEES: Estimated at $3,200
START DATE: Spring 2024 - Spring 2025
  • In Class
Application Status

Applications open

Program dates:

PG Fall 2024: Aug 6 2024 - Jan 31 2025
PG Spring 2025: Feb 3 2025 - July 18 2025
QU Spring  2025: Feb 3 2025 - July 18 2025
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


Do you want to develop a foundation for a satisfying and creative career as a carpenter? Learn to create a building from the ground up. As a carpenter, you can work in the residential, commercial, light industrial or heavy construction fields, doing new construction, renovations, or maintenance. As well, you can go on to become a supervisor, building inspector, site superintendent, and more.

This foundation program will provide entry level practical skills and academic knowledge to prepare you to begin your apprenticeship pathway as a Carpenter. You do not need an employer sponsor to participate. In fact, one of the main reasons to complete a foundation program is to gain experience and familiarity with the trade, giving you a competitive advantage to finding an employer to hire you as their apprentice.

Upon successful completion of the foundation program, you will receive credit with the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for Level 1 technical training in Carpentry. Students complete 450 work-based hours. Once you are officially registered as an apprentice with ITA, you will then be able to complete the work-based training hours (on the job training) and higher levels of Carpentry apprenticeship training.

Apprenticeship programs provide a unique approach to post-secondary education, combining classroom based learning (known as technical training) with on the job training. This enables you to “earn while you learn,” significantly reducing the need for student debt and building your career NOW instead of waiting until you’ve completed your education.


As a carpenter, you will work on a large variety of projects including:

  • Residential (single family homes, apartments, townhouses)
  • Industrial (mills, manufacturing plants, mines, oil & gas)
  • Commercial (shopping centres, retailers, dealerships)
  • Institutional (swimming pools, hospitals, firehalls, schools)

Carpenters may also operate their own business, work as an educator, or further their education to become project managers, building inspectors, or executive level management in large construction firms.

What you will learn

Classes alternate between classroom instruction and practical experience both in the CNC carpentry shop and on site. Alumni CNC classes have a built a lasting legacy in the community through construction projects for homeowners and community groups. This hands-on program will train you to become an entry level carpenter. Things you will learn include:

  • Safe work practice
  • Surveying
  • Trades math
  • Construction drawings
  • Rigging
  • Site layout
  • Concrete form work
  • Framing & building science

Governing bodies

Carpenter Foundation Courses

The Carpenter Foundation program combines classroom-based theory learning with hands on practical training in a shop setting. In this program, students will learn the skills to perform and use safe work practices, tools and equipment, survey instruments and equipment, access rigging and hoisting equipment, site layout, concrete formwork, wood frame construction, building science, and documentation and organizational skills.

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Spring 2024 Prince George In Class 24 weeks
Spring 2024 Quesnel In Class 28 weeks
Fall 2024 Prince George In Class 24 weeks
Spring 2025 Prince George In Class 24 weeks
Spring 2025 Quesnel In Class 28 weeks

Entry Requirements

The admission requirements mentioned below are the minimum requirements.

  • English Language Arts 10 (Minimum "C") or equivalent 
  • Workplace Mathematics 10 (Minimum "C") or equivalent 

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

CTC Option

High school students may be eligible to take this program. See your school counsellor for details.

Limited Selection

If there is room in the program, you will be accepted once you have met all the admission requirements. This is called “first qualified, first accepted”. If you qualify after the program is full, you will be put on a wait list.

Invest in your future

The estimated cost for this program is $3,200*.
  • Tuition: $2,071
  • Student fees: $658
  • Medical/Dental Fee (Fall semester only): $260
  • Tool Deposit: $200 (Refundable)

*Please note that these fees are for the FALL intake.

These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Costs may change without notice. Student fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more details.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial assistance to find out how.

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.