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Carpentry - Foundation Training


Carpentry Foundation students learn to read plans and use instruments, assemble and erect forms for concrete, wood and metal frame construction, and install interior and exterior finishing for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Learners develop carpentry skills while working on practical projects, such as constructing a foundation and frame for a house.

Program Outline 

The full-time, 20-week program is based on a major practical project such as building a foundation and house frame using standard platform or timber frame construction. Other projects may include building garden sheds, garages, small cabins and other small structures. Students must be prepared to participate in class projects in an outdoor environment.

  • CARPF 13587  Use Safe Work Practices
  • CARPF 13588  Use Documentation & Organization Skills
  • CARPF 13589  Use Tools & Equipment
  • CARPF 13590  Use Survey Instruments
  • CARPF 13592  Perform Site Layout
  • CARPF 13593  Build Concrete Formwork
  • CARPF 13594  Frame Residential Housing
  • CARPF 13596  Apply Building Science
  • CAPRF 13598  Access Rigging and Hoisting 
  • CARPF 13597  Final Examination - Level 01
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 
  • Grade 12 recommended
  • English 10 or ENGL 030 or ENGL 032 AND
  • Math 10 Essentials, Principles or Applications or MATH 0301/0302 or MATH 032 or Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10 (AWM 10), OR
  • GED OR
  • Successful completion of a CAT Assessment Test, OR
  • Permission of Instructor.

Unless otherwise noted, "Permission of Instructor" may be used to accept a student into a course(s) when the student does not meet course prerequisites and/or does not attain the required threshold on entry assessments. See the "Admission and Registration" section on the Web site for details on this policy.

Learners should be aware that many employers require Grade 12 completion.

Trades learners are encouraged to enhance their employability by enrolling in Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1. OFA courses are scheduled throughout the year at NWCC.


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

  • C.S.A. approved safety footwear (WorkSafeBC regulations).
  • Purchase of necessary learning resources (available at College Bookstore).
  • Learners are also required to provide: Pencils, pens, eraser, ruler, 3 or 4 three ring binders, paper (lined & unlined), scientific calculator, geometry set, gloves and 3 ¼” computer disks/USB thumb drive.


Click here for a NWCC Bursary Application

Click here for a TransCanada Bursary Application


Dates and Locations 
Location Start End
Terrace February 9, 2016 June 24, 2016
Smithers  February 9, 2016 June 24, 2016
Terrace  September 6, 2016 February 3, 2017
**Hazelton** and Terrace  February 6, 2017 June 23, 2017

* Carpentry Foundation and Residential Building Maintenance Worker (RBMW) Apprenticeship - Level 1 combined program. Contact Trades Programs Coordinator for more information.

**HAZELTON ONLY - This program is being delivered at a public school where a BC Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check is required by the local school district; you will be studying in an area with children and vulnerable adults present. The cost of this check will be covered by the college. If you require more information you can contact an Admissions Officer 1-877-277-2288 x 5203.See attached list of the list of Ministry of Justice CRC Offences reviewed:

Program Fees 
FEES Per Week Full Time (20 Weeks)
Tuition: $67.23 $1,344.60
*Student Association Fee: $0.00 $62.76
*Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $0.00 $17.64
Technology Fee: $3.51 $70.20
Registration Fee: $1.88 $37.60
Infrastructure Fee: $0.54 $10.80
Material Fee: $22.97 $459.40
**Books: $0.00 $900.00
**Supplies/Clothing: $0.00 $250.00
**Tools (taxes not included): $0.00 $787.98
Total: $96.13 $3,923.00

Most trades programs require students pay a $250 refundable tool deposit.

Fees are effective as of August 4, 2015

*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.

Tool List and Tool Kit Price

NOTICE: Tool Kits are available at the NWCC Tool Crib. Kits are limited to NWCC Students enrolled in specific Trades Programs only. Limited number of kits available. Please pay for your tool kit at registration. 

Book List

NOTICE: Books are available at the NWCC Bookstore. Please check your local campus for details.

To view the book list online please follow the link: and choose desired campus 

*Learners are required to provide the following: Pencils, pens, eraser, ruler, 2 three ring binders, paper, scientific calculator, gloves and CSA Approved Workboots

NOTICE: Tool Kits are available at the NWCC Tool Crib. Kits are limited to NWCC Students enrolled in specific Trades Programs only. Limited number of kits available.