Carpenter Apprenticeship

Campus Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke
Delivery Full-Time
Credential Apprenticeship
Notes

Level 1 = 7 weeks
Level 2 = 7 weeks
Level 3 = 7 weeks
Level 4 = 7 weeks

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Students work in the Carpentry shop under the guidance of an instructor


Apprenticeship Description

Carpenters build and repair a vast array of structures made of wood, wood-substitutes and other materials. They assemble and erect forms for concrete, wood and metal frame construction and use plans and instruments to prepare for excavating and shoring.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for each apprenticeship level: 

  • Tuition Only: $816.62
  • Ancillary Fees - College: $91.56
  • Ancillary Fees - Student Association: $29.19
  • Health and Dental: N/A
  • Total Tuition: $937.37 (Vernon students pay $12.88 more due to difference in student association fees)

 

Program Details

Level 1 Program Outline
  • 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
Required Textbooks
  • Carpenter 3rd Canadian Edition by Vogt and Nauth, $188.29
  • Carpentry Level 1 Modules, $162.00
  • Concrete Formwork by Koel, $131.79
  • 2018 BC Building Code Book, $146.49
  • Total $628.57. Prices do not include 5% GST, and prices are also subject to change. Textbooks are available at the OC Campus Store by contacting 250-762-5445 ext. 4586 or ordering online.
Required supplies and tools
  • CSA-approved hard hat (not white)
  • CSA-approved steel-toed work boots (approx. $100-150)
  • Hi-vis safety vest. It's recommended that students wait until class starts before purchasing a vest, which will be required once work commences outdoors
  • binder
  • pencils, pens, erasers
  • one of the following: Sharp EL-520W, EL-520X, EL-531X calculator
  • locker lock
  • tool pouch
  • hammer
  • chalk line (red or blue chalk)
  • 25’ imperial tape measure (may be combination imperial/metric)
  • 8m metric tape measure (may be combination imperial/metric)
  • geometry set
  • Staedtler architect’s metric scale (model # 987-18-SI)
  • utility knife and blades
  • nail claw bar
  • stair gauges
  • ¾” chisel
  • small square

There is no requirement to have all the tools on the first day. Your instructor will review this list on the first day of class. OC will supply eye and ear protection.

Level 2 Program Outline
  • use safe work practices
  • use documentation and organizational skills
  • use tools and equipment
  • use survey instruments
  • use rigging and hoisting equipment
  • perform site layout
  • build concrete formwork
Textbooks for Level 2
  • Carpenter 3rd Canadian Edition by Vogt and Nauth (if not already purchased), $188.29
  • Carpentry Apprenticeship Year 2 Modules, $148.29
  • 2018 BC Building Code Book (if not already purchased), $146.49
  • Total $483.07.

Note: Prices do not include 5% GST, and prices are also subject to change. Textbooks are available at the OC Campus Store by contacting 250-762-5445 ext. 4586 or ordering online.

Required supplies
  • CSA-approved hard hat (not white)
  • CSA-approved steel-toed work boots (approx. $100-150)
  • Hi-vis safety vest. It's recommended that students wait until class starts before purchasing a vest, which will be required once work commences outdoors
  • binder
  • pencils, pens, erasers
  • one of the following: Sharp EL-520W, EL-520X, EL-531X calculator 
  • locker lock
  • tool pouch
  • hammer
  • chalk line (red or blue chalk)
  • 25’ imperial tape measure (may be combination imperial/metric)
  • 8m metric tape measure (may be combination imperial/metric)
  • geometry set
  • Staedtler architect’s metric scale (model # 987-18-SI)
  • utility knife and blades
  • nail claw bar
  • stair gauges
  • ¾” chisel
  • small square

There is no requirement to have all the tools on the first day. Your instructor will review this list on the first day of class. OC will supply eye and ear protection.

Level 3 Program Outline
  • use documentation and organizational skills
  • use tools and equipment
  • use survey instruments
  • frame residential housing
  • apply finishing materials
  • apply building science
Textbooks for Level 3
  • Carpenter 3rd Canadian Edition by Vogt and Nauth (if not already purchased): $188.29
  • Carpentry Apprenticeship Year 3 Modules: $139.79
  • 2018 BC Building Code Book (if not already purchased): $146.49
  • Total $474.57. P

Note: prices do not include 5% GST, and prices are also subject to change. Textbooks are available at the OC Campus Store by contacting 250-762-5445 ext. 4586 or ordering online.

Required supplies
  • CSA-approved hard hat (not white)
  • CSA-approved steel-toed work boots
  • Hi-vis safety vest. It's recommended that students wait until class starts before purchasing a vest, which will be required once work commences outdoors
  • binder
  • pencils, pens, erasers
  • one of the following: Sharp EL-520W, EL-520X, EL-531X calculator 
  • locker lock
  • tool pouch
  • hammer
  • chalk line (red or blue chalk)
  • 25’ imperial tape measure (may be combination imperial/metric)
  • 8m metric tape measure (may be combination imperial/metric)
  • geometry set
  • Staedtler architect’s metric scale (model # 987-18-SI)
  • utility knife and blades
  • nail claw bar
  • stair gauges
  • ¾” chisel
  • small square
  • cabinet material fee of $45 for students who wish to take their cabinet home

There is no requirement to have all the tools on the first day. Your instructor will review this list on the first day of class. OC will supply eye and ear protection.

Level 4 Program Outline
  • use documentation and organizational skills
  • use survey instruments
  • perform site layout
  • frame residential housing
  • apply finishing materials
  • apply building science
Textbooks for Level 4
  • Carpenter 3rd Canadian Edition by Vogt & Nauth (if not already purchased), $188.29
  • Carpentry Apprenticeship Year 4 Modules, $117
  • 2018 BC Building Code Book (if not already purchased), $146.49
  • Building Trades Dictionary (optional), $125
  • Total $576.78. Prices do not include 5% GST, and prices are also subject to change. Textbooks are available at the OC Campus Store by contacting 250-762-5445 ext. 4586 or ordering online.
Required supplies
  • CSA-approved hard hat (not white)
  • CSA-approved steel-toed work boots
  • Hi-vis safety vest. It's recommended that students wait until class starts before purchasing a vest, which will be required once work commences outdoors
  • binder
  • pencils, pens, erasers
  • one of the following: Sharp EL-520W, EL-520X, EL-531X calculator to write IP exam
  • locker lock
  • tool pouch
  • hammer
  • chalk line (red or blue chalk)
  • 25’ imperial tape measure (may be combination imperial/metric)
  • 8m metric tape measure (may be combination imperial/metric)
  • geometry set
  • Staedtler architect’s metric scale (model # 987-18-SI)
  • utility knife and blades
  • nail claw bar
  • stair gauges
  • ¾” chisel
  • small square

There is no requirement to have all the tools on the first day. Your instructor will review this list on the first day of class. OC will supply eye and ear protection.

Carpenter

 

Admission Requirements

  • Registered as an apprentice with ITA BC.
  • Must be working for an employer with at least one qualified Carpenter journeyperson. 
  • Not registered as an apprentice? Ask your employer to register you as an apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). It’s free, simple, and can be completed within a few minutes online or printed and mailed to the ITA Head Office. More details can be found at www.itabc.ca

 

Financial Incentives

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant provides direct support to apprentices in the first two years of an approved apprenticeship training program (Red Seal trades). The taxable grant is $1,000 for Level 1 and $1,000 for Level 2. This grant is only available after you have completed the specified level of technical training and have a specific number of work-based hours on your ITA transcript.

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a $3,000 taxable cash grant for apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain Red Seal endorsement or a provincial/territorial certificate of qualification in a designated Red Seal trade. Apprentices can apply twice; once after their first year of training, and one more time after their second year.

Note: this grant is not available to students in the Professional Cook and/or Baker Apprenticeship programs.

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a $2,000 taxable cash grant for apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain Red Seal endorsement or a provincial/territorial certificate of qualification in a designated Red Seal trade.

WorkBC Apprenticeship Supports

Apprentice financial supports are available to eligible apprentices while they’re completing their classroom apprenticeship training. Apprentices may be able for supports which cover costs such as child card, transportation, disability, and more. Once an apprentice completes the WorkBC application online, a 16-digit reference code will be emailed to them. Use the 16-digit reference code for the Service Canada EI application. 

Service Canada EI Application

Apprentices attending full-time technical training (sometimes referred to as block-release training), they may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while unemployed and attending your course. Refer to the Service Canada website for application details.

Apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade apprenticeship program who meet the eligibility requirements may receive up to $4,000 in loans per period of technical training. The purpose of the CAL is to provide apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with loans to assist with the costs to attend technical training.

The LNG Canada Trades Training Fund is available for application by employers on behalf of their apprentices who are high-demand trades. Funding can be requested for apprenticeship training, foundation training as well as specialized, technical and managerial training. Only small companies with 20 employees or less, who are supporting apprenticeship in the demand trades, are eligible.

The federal government will now provide tax recognition for the costs that many employed tradespeople incur to provide their own tools in their employment duties. A deduction (up to a maximum of $500/year) will be allowed for the total cost of new tools acquired by an employed tradesperson in a tax year in excess of $1000. Employer will need to certify that the employee is required to obtain those tools for use in employment activities.

Apprentices who complete their third and four year of any apprenticeship program may be eligible for a tax credit. The apprentice will receive the tax credit when they file their annual income taxes. Apprentices will be eligible for a tax credit of $2,000 for completing Level 3 and a credit for $2,500 for completing Level 4 of any apprenticeship. For more information visit www.sbr.gov.bc.ca

Your T2202A tax form is available online via myOkanagan on the last day of February.
To access your tax form:

  1. Login to myOkanagan
  2. Username: 300XXXXXX@stu.oc
  3. Password: birthdate (mmddyyyy) (you will be asked to update your password the first time you login)
  4. Click the "T2202A Tax Form" link under Online Services

If you have any problems accessing your myOkanagan account, please call IT Services at 1-866-839-4032 or complete an online myOkanagan password reset request.

 

 

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