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    May 17, 2024  
Academic Calendar 2024-25

Carpentry Foundation (Certificate)

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Length: 25 weeks
Location: Interurban Campus
Credential: Certificate in Carpentry Foundation
Program Code: FND.CRPF.CERT
CIP: 46.0201


The intent of this program is to provide skills and knowledge necessary for initial entry into the Carpentry trade. The program is delivered in two components: site layout, footings & foundations and wood frame construction. There is an emphasis on current best practices for environmental sustainability.

Graduates of the Carpentry Foundation program obtain training consistent with provincial standards for those occupational cores and specialties completed but will not acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become fully qualified. Credit for completing this program may be applied to apprenticeships affiliated with these specialties. 

The object of the program is to prepare the student for a career in the construction industry by developing skills equivalent to that of a first year apprentice. In order to attain this objective, the program includes a large amount of hands-on practical experience. As much as possible, the practical projects will be done on site, either at the college or in co-operation with local industry.

The students will be exposed to the same conditions as one would expect to encounter on the job and must be prepared to work outdoors regardless of weather. It is also possible there will be times when students may have to work longer than normal college hours depending on the project.


One of:

And one of:

  • C in Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11
  • COM in MATH 038   

Note: If you don’t have one of the preferred math requirements the college will accept a C or higher in Foundations of Math 11 and Pre-calculus 11, or Principles of Math 11, or Applications of Math 11, or MATH 073  or MATH 137.

Learning Outcomes

​Upon successful completion of this program, the learner will be able to 

  1. The Carpentry Trade
    1. Describe the carpentry trade
    2. Demonstrate practical good work habits
    3. Explain LEED, “Built Green”, and the rationale behind ‘green’ buildings
  2. Safe Work Practices
    1. Describe shop and site safety practices
    2. Describe personal safety practices
    3. Identify precautions when working with hazardous materials
    4. Demonstrate basic body mechanics when lifting or moving objects
    5. Extinguish small fires
    6. Use rigging and hoisting equipment
  3. Drawings and Specifications
    1. Read residential drawings
    2. Sketch and draw simple details
    3. Interpret specific information from the BC Building Code, including part 10 - Water and Energy Efficiency
    4. Estimate material quantities and identify construction details
  4. Materials
    1. Describe wood characteristics
    2. Select framing and finishing lumber
    3. Select panel products
    4. Select fasteners, adhesives and caulking compounds
    5. Select finish and framing hardware
    6. Differentiate environmentally sustainable materials 
  5. Hand Tools
    1. Describe general safety rules for using hand tools
    2. Describe measuring and layout tools
    3. Use and maintain cutting tools
    4. Use and maintain edge-cutting tools
    5. Use and maintain drilling and boring tools
    6. Describe the use and maintenance of fastening tools
    7. Describe the use and maintenance of miscellaneous tools
    8. Use hand tools to construct a wood project
  6. Portable Power Tools
    1. Use and maintain portable power tools
    2. Use and maintain power-actuated tools
    3. Use and maintain chain saw.
  7. Shop Equipment
    1. Use and maintain a table saw
    2. Use and maintain a radial arm saw
    3. Use and maintain miscellaneous shop equipment
  8. Survey Instruments
    1. Use optical levels
  9. Site Layout
    1. Layout building locations
  10. Concrete Formwork
    1. Build footings and wall forms
    2. Describe and demonstrate the use of environmentally sustainable forming materials and methods
    3. Build slab-on-grade forms
  11. Residential Wood-frame Housing
    1. Describe types of wood frame construction
    2. Build foundations and floors
    3. Build walls and partitions
    4. Build gable roofs with ceiling joists
    5. Build straight stairs
    6. Build decks and exterior structures
    7. Build hip roofs
    8. Describe and demonstrate the use of environmentally sustainable framing materials and methods



All of:

  • CARP 110 - Carpentry Framing Cluster - 375 hours
  • CARP 120 - Carpentry Formwork Cluster - 375 hours

Program Completion Requirements

  • A cumulative average of 70% of all program courses.