Carpenter Apprenticeship

Description


Carpenters build and repair a vast array of structures made of wood, wood-substitutes, concrete and other materials.  Many work for construction companies, contractors and maintenance departments while others are self-employed.  Carpenters assemble and erect forms for concrete, assemble wood and metal frame construction and use plans and instruments to prepare for excavating and shoring.   They direct concrete placement and install exterior and interior finish materials such as siding, doors, windows and cabinets.  Carpenters also install floor beams, lay sub-flooring, erect walls and roof systems and fit and install trim. 

Apprentices are required to attend 7 weeks of technical training courses in each period of this 4-year apprenticeship.

Admission Requirements 

  • You must be a registered apprentice within BC.

    Persons wishing to become apprentices must be employed with a business that employs a qualified journeyperson Carpenter.

  • The Industry Training Authority (ITA) sets up a registration for apprenticeship between the apprentice, the employer and the ITA.

  • To view the apprenticeship schedule and apply on line visit OC Apprenticeship Programs



Program Components


First Year - Level 1
  • Use Safe Work Practices
  • Use Documentation and Organizational Skills
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Use Survey Instruments
  • Perform Site Layout
  • Build Concrete Formwork
  • Frame Residential Housing
  • Apply Building Science
Second Year - Level 2
  • Use Safe Work Practices
  • Use Documentation and Organizational Skills
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Use Survey Instruments
  • Use Rigging & Hoisting Equipment
  • Perform Site Layout
  • Build Concrete Formwork 

Third Year - Level 3

  • Use Documentation and Organizational Skills
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Use Survey Instruments
  • Frame Residential Housing
  • Apply Finishing Materials
  • Apply Building Science

Fourth Year - Level 4

  • Use Documentation and Organizational Skills
  • Use Survey Instruments
  • Perform Site Layout
  • Build Concrete Formwork
  • Frame Residential Housing
  • Apply Finishing Materials

Program Fees

  • For tuition information visit Apprenticeship Tuition Fees.
  • Students must supply approved safety boots and coveralls.
  • Income support for apprentices attending technician-training courses is provided by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) through regular employment insurance eligibility.
  • For financial and other useful documents visit Important Documents

Employment Opportunities

The Carpenter apprentice will write the Red Seal Examination on the last day of the level 4 technical training.  Successful completion grants the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as a Red Seal Carpenter. The Red Seal Endorsement is recognized across Canada.

Red Seal certified workers can work anywhere in Canada where their trade is designated. Labour mobility is essential for the Canadian workforce. For skilled tradespeople, the Red Seal is the recognized passport to mobility in trades across Canada.

For complete details on apprenticeship and to schedule your technical training, visit the OC Apprenticeship Programs section of the website

Program Contact

Apprenticeship Office
(250) 762-5445 Local 4347  or toll free 1-800-621-3038