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Carpentry Foundation
Carpentry Foundation
Carpentry Foundation

Carpentry Foundation

  • ID:SC190011
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (CAD)

  • Application Fee:$100.00
  • TuitionFee/Month:$915.00
  • Application Fee:$100.00
  • TuitionFee/Month:$915.00

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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

The following admission requirements are specific to the Carpentry Foundation Program.

  • Graduation from a British Columbia Senior Secondary School or equivalent.
  • Foundations & Pre-Calculus 10, or Apprenticeship Workplace 11, or Principles 10, or Applications 11, or Essentials 12, or Selkirk ABE Math 46, with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Physically fit, (mobility/lifting) good manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, balance, work at heights & in adverse weather.
  • A refundable tool deposit of $100 will be required at the start of the program.


Course Information

Students engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities. Theoretical principles of construction are learned in the classroom, while the majority of the time is spent in the shop where students learn and gain mastery of practical carpentry skills. Early activities include the fabrication of small projects where students learn safe practices, proper tool use and fundamental construction techniques. Gradually, students build structures of increased complexity that simulate real-world construction scenarios. Students learn to lay out buildings and to construct concrete formwork, floors, walls, roofs, and stairs in compliance with BC Building Code standards.
Educational Benefits
  • Theoretical principles of carpentry 
  • Practical in-shop training 
  • 450 work-based hours (towards your “on-the-job apprenticeship component”) 
  • Credit for your level one technical training 
  • Knowledge of provincial and national codes 
This 24-week program prepares learners for entry level positions as apprentice carpenters with home builders or building contracting companies involved in residential, commercial, or industrial construction. Students earn credit for the Level One technical training component of the carpentry apprenticeship as well as advance credit for 450 work-based hours of the practical on-the-job component of an apprenticeship.

Job Duties 

  • Concrete, wood and metal frame construction 
  • Installation of interior and exterior finishing 
  • Residential, commercial and industrial projects 
  • Conforming to plans, specifications and local building codes 
Graduates of the Carpentry Foundation Program at Selkirk College typically find employment as apprentice carpenters engaged in the construction of wood, metal and concrete structures in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial settings. You'll get practical experience and detailed in-class training so you’ll know how to create buildings from the ground-up and deliver the results employers want.
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Carpenters perform all work in connection with the assembly and erection of forms for concrete, wood and metal frame construction, and install interior and exterior finishing for residential, commercial and industrial projects, while conforming to plans, specifications and local building codes.

A carpenter may work independently or within an organization. Most carpenters earn between $15 and $30 per hour depending on their skill, qualifications, location and employer.  Carpenters can advance to senior level positions such as foreperson, contractor or subcontractor where they can earn $50 or more per hour.

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