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CNST 100 - Carpentry Apprenticeship Level 1
Level 1 Apprenticeship training follows the Level 1 Provincial Apprenticeship curriculum. It provides an introduction to the carpentry trade focusing on work habits, safety, drawings, by-laws and materials. Hands-on learning will include layout, concrete, and framing. Learners who successfully complete Level 1 may progress to Level 2 Apprenticeship training.


Hours: 180 (Lecture Hours: 19.5; Shop/Teaching Kitchen: 10.5)


Total Weeks:  6




Non-Course Prerequisites:
Student must be a registered BC Apprentice




Course Content:
- Safe Work Practices
- Documentation and Organization Skills
- Trade Math
- Tools and Equipment
- Survey Instruments
- Performing Site Layouts
- Apply Building Science
- Build Concrete Formwork
- Frame Residential Housing


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:
Safe Work Practices
- Describe and demonstrate the carpentry trade and the tasks performed by a carpenter
- Identify and explain legislation that is applicable to the carpentry trade and to construction projects
- Describe and demonstrate safe work practices, including the use of safety gear and fall protection systems
Documentation and Organization Skills
- Interpret drawings and specifications, including the meaning of lines, symbols, and abbreviations used
- Describe and identify building codes bylaws, the use of municipal permits, and the purpose of inspections
- Describe wood characteristics including structural composition, species and characteristics, and common defects
- Describe and identify framing lumber, uses, types, and storage
- Calculate quantities and costs of framing lumber
- Identify and describe engineered products, their use, and the their advantages/disadvantages
- Identify, describe, and select framing fasteners and hardware
Trade Math
- Describe and perform basic math concepts and operations
- Describe and perform the basic calculator functions and operations
- Describe and perform the metric measurement system (SI)
- Describe and apply the imperial measurement system
- Describe and perform calculations involving fractions
- Convert measurements between metric and imperial systems
- Working with equations
- Describe and perform calculations using the Pythagorean Theorem
- Identify and use formulas dealing with area
- Identify and use formulas dealing with volume
- Describe ratio and proportion and its application to solve trade-related calculations
- Describe mechanical advantage and related calculations for levers, pulleys and gears
- Describe percentage calculations and their trade related applications
Tools and Equipment
- Describe and demonstrate the safe use and maintenance of hand tools used for measuring, layout, cutting, boring, aligning, and fastening
- Describe and demonstrate the safe use and maintenance of portable power tools (including power-actuated tools, chain saws, circular saws, electric drills and screwdrivers, portable air systems, nailers and staplers, saber saws, and reciprocating saws), table saws, and radial air saw
Survey Instruments
- Describe and demonstrate the use and maintenance of survey levels
- Identify legal description on survey plans and describe how to locate the correct property from survey or plot plans
- Describe the purpose of survey markers
Site Layouts

- Describe excavation and grading procedures
Concrete Formwork
- Describe and demonstrate the methods for squaring corners
- Describe the location, installation, and line setting of batter boards
- Describe and demonstrate the building of footings and wall forms
Frame Residential Housing
- Describe types of wood frame construction
- Describe and build foundations, floors, walls, partitions, gable roofs with ceiling joists, hip roofs, and straight stairs
- Calculate quantities of framing materials
Apply Building Science
- Describe the forces, live and dead loads, which act upon a building
- Describe the compressive, tensile and lateral forces that act on a building and how these forces are counteracted
- Describe construction design and principles used to counteract loads and forces


Grading System:  Percentage


Passing Grade:  70%


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


- Appropriate work clothing (minimum 4-6" sleeve, no shorts)
- Leather tool belt
- 25’ Imperial and Metric tap measure
- Combination square
- Olfa utility knife with locking blade
- Nail puller
- 22 oz. straight claw framing hammer
- Chalk line
- Steel-toed boots with ankle support CSA approved
- Good quality safety glasses CSA approved

- Work gloves


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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