Enhanced Carpenter Foundation Training

Program Description

The Enhanced Carpentry Foundation Program is a 32-week program that 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 skills 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 (30 hours) which will occur in the last week of February each year (exact dates will vary).

Career Prospects

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 and Fort St. John (offered through SD #60)

Length: 32 weeks (960 hours)

Start: September

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

Admission Prerequisites

Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent indicating successful completion of Grade 10 level that includes:
• Grade 10 English, OR Career and College Preparation ENGL 030 (Intermediate/Grade 10) with C+ or higher;
• Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace Math), OR Career and College Preparation MATH 030 (Intermediate Developmental Math), MATH 031(Intermediate Trades Math) or MATH 035 (Intermediate Algebraic Math) with C+ or higher.
ESTR 037 (Intermediate-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with 67% or higher;
Complete the following sections of the 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
Successful completion of the NLC POWER program.

Dual Credit
• Grade 10 level completion that includes Grade 10 English and Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace Math) all with C+ or higher.

Post-Admission Requirements: After being accepted into the program but before 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.

Important Notes

  1. 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.
  2. Students will require appropriate personal safety clothing and CSA approved steel toed boots and hard hat.
  3. Students must provide the following equipment: A complete list of tools and equipment will be provided by Admissions upon acceptance to the program
  4. 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 

APPLY to Enhanced Carpentry Foundation Program

Do you need more information?
Contact trades@nlc.bc.ca