- Salmon Arm
- Full program offered
- Partial program offered
Tuition and fees
2023-2024: $4,536.44 (Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm) $4,598.44 (Vernon)
Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
This program is student loan eligible. View Financial Aid & Awards
All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:
This 30-week (900 hours) program provides students with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to seek employment as an apprentice carpenter in the construction industry. The program introduces students to all aspects of the trades including the use of hand tools, portable power tools and other equipment used by carpenters. Through the construction of a residential wood-frame project students are given the opportunity to work with a variety of materials used by carpenters including lumber, panel products, concrete, fasteners and hardware. The focus is on developing practical skills for the construction workplace. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive Level 1 technical training credit and 450 work-based -hours credit towards completion of the Carpenter Level 1 apprenticeship program.
Textbooks and supplies required for students taking the Carpenter Foundation program:
- Carpenter 4 th Canadian Edition by Vogt & Nauth $197.79
- Carpentry Level 1 Modules $211.49
- 2018 BC Building Code Book $160.29
5% GST is not included in price. Price is subject to change.
Textbooks available at OC Campus Store by contacting 250-762-5445, ext. 4586, or ordering online here.
Other required supplies include:
- CSA Approved Hard Hat (not white)
- CSA Approved Work Boots (Steel Toed) (approx. $100-150)
- Hi-Vis Safety Vest – required once work commences outdoors
- Please wait until after the class starts before purchasing a vest
- Pencils, Pens, Erasers
- One of the following: Sharp EL-520W, EL-520X, EL-531X calculator to write IP Exam
- Government issued Picture ID is required to write the Provincial and National Exams – driver’s license, photo ID, or valid passport. Student card is not acceptable
- Locker Lock
OC will supply eye and ear protection
Required hand tools:
- Tool Pouch
- Chalk Line (Red or Blue Chalk)
- 25’ Imperial Tape Measure (may be combination Imperial/Metric)
- 8 M 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
The above tools are required for the program but there is no requirement to have them on the first day. Your instructor will review this list on the first day of class.
Applicants who have not satisfied the Math admission requirement within the last seven years, and/or do not meet the English admission requirement, must write the TEA Math and/or English test. Both of the assessments are online, multiple-choice and timed. Applicants are allotted 1 hour to complete each section (2 hours for both). A practice assessment and study resources are offered to all applicants who register to write the TEA. Calculators are not allowed while completing the Math section; applicants who are observed to use a calculator of any sort will receive a grade of zero. Applicants who do not achieve the minimum passing requirement on their initial attempt, are offered a second attempt at no additional cost after a two-week study period.
Please ensure you write the assessment, and any required re-writes, prior to the deadline for admissions requirements provided by the Registrar’s office. For more information or to register for the Trades Entrance Assessment, click here. Further questions can be directed to the Trades and Apprenticeship office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Applicants who successfully completed the ABLE test at Okanagan College within the two years prior to application for admission shall have their results accepted as equivalent to the Trades Entrance Assessment.
- B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
- English 10 with minimum 50% or alternatives.
- Math requirement:
- A minimum of 50% in any of:
- Pre-calculus Grade 11
- Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11
- Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11
- Workplace Mathematics 11
- Principles of Mathematics 11
- Applications of Mathematics 11
- Essentials of Mathematics 11
- Adult Basic Education MATH 011
- Adult Basic Education MATH 084 and MATH 085
- Adult Basic Education IALG 011
- Or a minimum of 63% on the Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) mathematics test. Test scores are only good for two (2) years.
- Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the ABLE Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 63%.
- A minimum of 50% in any of:
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