Learn to create a building from the ground up. Carpenters can work in the residential, commercial, light industrial or heavy construction fields, doing new construction, renovations, or maintenance. As well, they can go on to become supervisors, building inspectors, site superintendents, 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.
Carpenters work on a large variety of projects including:
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.
This hands-on program will train you to become an entry level carpenter. You will learn safe work practices, surveying, trades math, construction drawings, rigging, site layout, concrete form work, framing, and building science. 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.
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.
The admission requirements mentioned below are the minimum requirements.
Students who do not meet the above requirement, and think they may be admissible as a mature student should consult a CNC counsellor/advisor.
Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.
High school students may be eligible to take this program. See your school counsellor for details.
Students are encouraged to submit a resumé and handwritten statement indicating reasons for wishing to enter the program as well as complete two pre-Trades evaluations: a test of mechanical reasoning skills, and the College English/Math Achievement Test (EMAT). Both of these items are included in the selection criteria listed below and will be awarded points.
If the program is over-subscribed, students will be selected based on the selection criteria listed below.
Maximum points = 28
Note: High school graduation with English 12, Math 11 and Physics 11 (where applicable) is recommended and required by some employers in order to be indentured as an apprentice.
*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.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.
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.
Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.