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Harmonized Carpentry Apprenticeship Levels 1-4

Overview 

Carpenters assemble and erect forms for concrete, wood and metal construction framing, and install interior and exterior finishing materials. A registered carpenter apprentice combines on-the-job training and technical training at NWCC to earn Journeyperson classification.

Apprentices complete a four-level training program that includes 6,360 Work-Based Training (WBT) and 840 technical training hours. Each year, NWCC offers four levels of Carpenter Apprenticeship technical training. Each level of technical training is 210 hours in duration.

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) has harmonized this program to make apprenticeship training requirements more consistent nation-wide.  For more details see the transition plan at the ITA.

Program Outline 
Levels Level Name 
HCRPAPP1 Harmonized Carpenter Apprentice Level 1
HCGAPA Harmonized Carpenter Gap A (Until 2020) 
HCRPAPP2 Harmonized Carpenter Apprentice Level 2
CARPAPP3 Carpentry Apprentice Level 3 (Until 2019)
HCRPAPP3 Harmonized Carpenter Apprentice Level 3 (Commencing 2019)
CARPAPP4  Carpentry Apprentice Level 4 (Until 2020)
HCGAPB Harmonized Carpenter Gap B (2020-2022) 
HCRPAPP4 Harmonized Capenter Apprentice Level 4 (Commeninf 2020) 
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 

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) has harmonized this program to make apprenticeship training requirements more consistent nation-wide.  For more details see the transition plan at the ITA.  

Intakes have been planned for both non-harmonized levels 3 and 4 and the new harmonized program:

Non-Harmonized Program:

Level Location Start End
Terrace September 10, 2018 October 26, 2018
Terrace October 29, 2018 December 14, 2019
3 Terrace February 18, 2019 April 5, 2019
Future Intakes:
4 Terrace Fall 2019*  

New Harmonized Program:

Level Location Start End
1                       Terrace January 2, 2019 February 15, 2019
Future Intakes:
3 Terrace Fall 2019*  
1 Terrace Winter 2020*  
2 Terrace Winter 2020*  
3 Terrace Fall 2020*  
4 Terrace Fall 2020*  
1 Terrace Winter 2021*  
2 Terrace Winter 2021*  

*Future planned intakes may be subject to change.  Please check back to confirm availability.

Program Fees 

Harmonized 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

Harmonized 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.