Enhanced Carpenter Foundation Training

Carpentry - residential construction level 1

Program 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.

The Enhanced Carpentry Foundation Program is a 32-week program during 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, forms for concrete, framed floors, walls and roofs, finishing work and rigging/hoisting. Students will spend approximately seventy percent of their time in practical skills development building 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 completion of their Carpentry Apprenticeship.

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 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 (Advanced/Grade 10) with 67 per cent (C+) or higher; and
  • 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 67 per cent (C+) 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

Dual Credit

  • Grade 10 level completion that includes Grade 10 English and Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace Math) all with 67 per cent (C+) or higher.
  • Scheduled enrollment in Grade 11 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace), where applicable.

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 from an approved source, and valid for the term 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.
  2. Students must provide safety equipment, including footwear having CSA safety-toe protection and rubber steel-toed boots, CSA safety glasses with clear lenses, hardhat, work gloves, and coveralls.
  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 Program Completion Guide.

Do you need more information? Associate Dean: Robert McAleney Instructor: Ryan Mayoh