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Carpentry - Apprenticeship Level 1-4

Overview 

Carpenters assemble and erect forms for concrete, wood and metal construction framing, and install interior and exterior finishing materials. An indentured carpentry apprentice combines on-the-job training with formal classroom technical skills at NWCC to earn journeyperson classification.

Apprentices complete a four-year, four-level program that includes 6,480 workplace and 720 school training hours. Each year, NWCC offers four levels of Carpentry apprenticeship technical training. Each level of technical training is six weeks long.

Program Outline 

LEVEL 1

Line Description
Line A Use Safe Work Practices
Line B Use Documentation and Organizational Skills
Line C Use Tools and Equipment
Line D Use Survey Instruments and Equipment 
Line E Access, Rigging, and Hoisting Equipment 
Line F Perform Site Layout
Line G Build Concrete Formwork
Line H Wood Frame Consruction 
Line J Apply Building Science

LEVEL 2

Line Description
Line A Use Safe Work Practices
Line B Use Documentation and Organizational Skills
Line C Use Tools and Equipment
Line D Use Survey Instruments and Equipment
Line E Access, Rigging, and Hoisting Equipment
Line F Perform Site Layout
Line G Build Concrete Formwork

LEVEL 3

Line Description
Line B Use Documentation and Organizational Skills
Line C Use Tools and Equipment
Line D Use Survey Instruments and Equipment
Line H Wood Frame Construction 
Line I Apply Finishing Materials
Line J Apply Building Science 

LEVEL 4

Line Description
Line B Use Documentation and Organizational Skills
Line D Use Survey Instruments and Equipment 
Line F Perform Site Layout
Line G Build Concrete Formwork
Line H Wood Frame Construction 
Line I Apply Finishing Materials
Line J  Apply Building Science 
Career Opportunities 

The work of a carpenter includes concrete formwork, wall and roof framing, and interior and exterior finishing. Carpenters have opportunities to work in residential, commercial, light industrial or heavy construction fields in the areas of new construction, renovations and maintenance. Carpenters can go on to become foremen, estimators, building inspectors, site superintendents or Instructors.

Admission Requirements 

Students entering Carpentry Apprenticeship classes must be registered as an apprentice and submit a Trades Worker Identification (TWID) # upon registration.

Capentry Level 3 
Level 1 and level 2 are recommended

Carpentry Level 4
Level 1, 2, 3 are recommended 

Complete a NWCC Bursary Application [PDF]

Dates and Locations 
Level Location Start Date End Date
1 Terrace January 02, 2018 February 16, 2018
2 Terrace  April 16, 2018 June 1, 2018
3 Terrace  September 11, 2017 October 27, 2017 
3 Terrace  January 2, 2018  February 16, 2018
4 Terrace  October 30, 2017 December 16, 2017
Program Fees 

Carpentry - Apprenticeship Level 1

FEES Full-time (7 Weeks) International (7 Weeks)
Tuition: $489.58 $2,080.72
*Student Association Fee: $40.86 $40.86
Mandatory Fees: $216.16 $266.16
Health Insurance: N/A $230.00
Total: $746.60 $2,617.74

Carpentry - Apprenticeship Level 2

FEES Full-time (7 Weeks) International (7 Weeks)
Tuition: $489.58 $2,080.72
*Student Union Fees: $40.86 $40.86
*Mandatory Fees: $216.16 $266.16
Health Insurance:  N/A $230.00
Total: $746.60 $2,617.74

Carpentry - Apprenticeship Level 3

FEES Full-time (7 Weeks) International (7 Weeks)
Tuition: $489.58 $2,080.72
*Student Union Fees: $40.86 $40.86
*Mandatory Fees: $216.16 $266.16
Health Insurance:  N/A $230.00
Total: $746.60 $2,617.74

Carpentry - Apprenticeship Level 4

FEES Full-time (7 Weeks) International (7 Weeks)
Tuition: $489.58 $2,080.72
*Student Union Fees: $40.86 $40.86
*Mandatory Fees: $216.16 $266.16
Health Insurance:  N/A $230.00
Total: $746.60 $2,617.74

Fees are effective as of August 2nd, 2017
*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.
**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.

Books & Supplies

Books are available at the NWCC Bookstore.  Please visit your local campus for details or view your current booklist online by selecting your desired campus.

Tool kits are available at the NWCC Tool Crib. Kits are limited and reserved for students enrolled in specific Trades programs only. Please pay for your tool kit at the WTCS Office.

In addition to the fees outlined in the Program Fees section, the following additional costs apply:

  • C.S.A. approved safety footwear and safety glasses (WorkSafeBC regulations)
  • Tools
  • Classroom supplies
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Learners are required to provide the following:  pencils, pens, eraser, ruler, 2 three ring binders, paper, scientific calculator and gloves.