CARA 450 - Carpenter Apprenticeship Level 4

This course follows the Level 4 Industry Training Authority curriculum. Focus is placed on the BC Building Code in the areas of stairs, fire walls and step code, as well as developing the organizational skills involved in construction jobs. Site layout and surveying will include total station use and lay out of circles from a fixed location.  Circular and winder stair construction, roof framing, including unequal-slope and polygon roofs as well as timber framing, decks, interior finishes, and floor systems are all included, as well as a review of building science and seismic requirements. Those who successfully complete level 4 will have completed all levels of training and are eligible to write the Interprovincial Red Seal exam.


Hours: 210 (Lecture Hours: 104;  Shop Teaching Kitchen: 106)




Non-Course Prerequisites:
Eligibility as indicated by the Industry Training Authority




Course Content:
Documentation and Organizational Skills
- Interpret Building Codes and Bylaws 
- Plan and organize work 
- Describe contract documents 
- Use construction specifications 
- Use plans and drawings 
- Estimate costs from construction drawings  
Survey Instruments and Equipment 
- Use site layout equipment 
Site Layout  
- Prepare Building Site 
- Describe site considerations, site preparations, hoarding, pre-excavation preparation, drainage systems, and backfilling 
Wood Frame Construction
- Describe and build Stair Systems – including geometric stairs and balustrades  
- Describe and build Roofing Systems – including unequal slope intersecting roofs  
- Describe and build Specialized Framing system  
- Describe and perform Renovations and Additions  
- Describe and build Timber and Engineered Wood Construction  
- Describe and build Decks and Exterior Structures   
Finishing Materials
- Describe and install Interior Finishes – interior wall finishes and trims  
- Describe and install Interior Floors, Ceiling and Wall Finishes – describe specialized floor systems  
Control the Forces Acting on a Building 
- Describe the forces acting on a building 
- Describe the construction detail for wood frame seismic application 
- Determine construction practices based on design loads and bearing capacities of soils. 


Learning Outcomes: This course follows the prescribed ITA Provincial curriculum for Carpenter Level 4. This document can be found in its most current form at:


Grading System:  Percentage


Passing Grade:  70%


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