The Enhanced Carpentry Foundation Program is a 32-week program in which students earn credit for Carpentry Levels 1 and 2 technical training. Theoretical and practical instruction is provided through a variety of projects including stairs, concrete forms, framed floors, walls and roofs, finishing work and rigging/hoisting. Students will spend approximately seventy percent of their time in practical skill development by participating in the building of a construction project from start to lock-up stage.
Individuals who complete the Enhanced Carpentry Foundation program will receive Levels 1 and 2 technical training and 450 work-based hours credit toward the completion of their Carpentry Apprenticeship.
A Reading Week is included in this program which will occur in the last week of February every year (exact dates will vary).
There are excellent opportunities for carpenters in both local and regional industries. They can be employed by construction companies, contractors or as part of the maintenance departments of factories, plants and other industries. Carpenters can also be self-employed.
Location: Dawson Creek Campus
Length: 32 weeks (960 hours)
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
Math – one of the following:
BC Math 10 (minimum final grade of C+), or BC Math 11 or BC Math 12 (minimum final grade of C), or equivalent.
MATH 030 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
English – one of the following:
BC Language Arts 10 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
BC Language Arts 11 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
BC Language Arts 12 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
ENGL 030 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent English placement test and score.
ESTR 037 (Intermediate-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with a minimum final grade of 67%.
Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
• Reading Comprehension: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
• Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
• Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
• Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher
Based on the results of the assessment(s), applicants may be required to participate in an assessment interview to determine admissibility. Interviews may be conducted virtually if necessary.
Successful completion of the NLC POWER program.
After being accepted into the program but before the add/drop date, students will be required to provide proof of the following certifications*:
• Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
• Occupational First Aid - Level 1
• Industrial Worker Fall Protection
* All certificates must be valid for the duration of the program. Failure to provide proof may result in immediate dismissal from the program.
- The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online. Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
- Students will require appropriate personal safety clothing, coveralls, CSA approved steel toed boots, hard hat, gloves, goggles and ear protection.
- A complete list of required tools and equipment will be provided by Admissions upon acceptance to the program
- Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements as listed on the NLC website (www.nlc.bc.ca/Services/Information-Technology/minPC).
- The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide (effective Sept 2022) approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide (effective Sept 2022). (Download a PDF of the current Program Completion Guide)
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