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Carpentry – Apprenticeship

Carpentry ApprenticeshipProgram Description

Carpenters perform all work connected with the assembly and erection of falsework and forms for concrete, wood and metal frame construc­tion. They install interior and exterior finishing metals for residential, commercial, and industrial projects, following plans and specifications and local building codes. Other trade skills include layout, rigging/signal­ing, cutting/welding and the erection and dismantling of scaffolding.

If a student currently works as a Carpenter and has an employer who will provide on-the-job training, s/he is eligible to enroll in Apprenticeship training. An Apprenticeship is a three-party agreement between the Apprentice, the employer, and the Industry Training Authority.

Students receive training according to the provincial Apprenticeship curriculum, as established by the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia, pertinent to the Apprenticeship level in which the student is enrolled. Upon successful completion of all four levels and appropriate time in the trade, the student may be eligible to write the Inter-Provincial exam as a Carpenter.

Career Prospects

Rough carpenters, who construct forms and assemble basic structures; framing carpenters, who erect and sheath the frame of houses and other buildings as well as install windows; and finishing carpenters who work on the final stages of construction, such as the installation of doors, moldings and stairs.


Location: Dawson Creek Campus

Length: Seven weeks per level

Start: Current Apprenticeship level program schedule

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

Admission Prerequisites

Level 1
  • Registered Apprentice with the Industry Training Authority;
  • Proof of successful completion of related Foundation Trades Training program.
Levels 2-4
  • Successful completion of previous level Apprenticeship Technical Training;
  • Successful challenge of previous level Industry Training Authority Placement Exam.

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans.
  2. Students must provide safety equipment, including footwear having CSA safety-toe protection and CSA safety glasses with clear lenses.
  3. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the current Program Completion Guide.

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Do you need more information?

Associate Dean: Robert McAleney 
Program Instructor: Stephen Janssen
Apprenticeship Contact: Department 


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