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 towards completion of their Carpentry Apprenticeship.
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)
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
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
• Grade 10 level completion that includes Grade 10 English and Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace Math) all with C+ or higher.
After being accepted into the program but before the add/drop date, students will be required to provide proof of the following certification(s):
• CPR A (3 year certificate)* Certificate(s) 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 and CSA approved steel toed boots and hard hat.
- Students are required to sign and adhere to the Trades and Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Rules and Regulatory Practices for Students Policy.
- Students must provide the following equipment: A complete list of tools and equipment will be provided by Admissions upon acceptance to the program
- 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.
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