Carpenters are employed in a variety of job environments, including houses under construction, renovations, commercial sites or industrial sites. Carpenters often work in a variety of weather conditions.  Carpenters are involved in every step of building construction. Experienced carpenters can acquire more advanced responsibilities as a construction superintendent or perhaps a contractor.

For program dates, please refer to the Program Schedule menu.  Carpentry is offered twice a year at the Cloverdale campus.

Aaron Sask is a Carpentry Alumnus.  Please read and view his fascinating story to learn more.

Foundation Training

Full-time: 24 weeks, Cloverdale Campus

Program: Foundation training prepares students to begin work in the construction industry.   Students who successfully complete the Carpentry/Building Construction: Citation (Foundation) will develop practical skills through an organized approach to safety, building codes and the use of hand and power tools. Practical projects are performed in indoor and outdoor environments to provide opportunities to erect, install, maintain and repair structures and components of structures made of wood, wood substitutes and other materials.

At the end of the Foundation program students will write the Carpentry Level 1 exam. Students who complete the Foundation program and exam are eligible for SkilledTradesBC credit in Carpentry Level 1 apprenticeship and 450 work-based hours.

Please visit the KPU calendar for more details about the Carpentry/Building Construction: Citation (Foundation).

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Apprentice Training

Full-time: 6 to 7 weeks, Cloverdale Campus

Program Offers: Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4

Refer to the Apprenticeship Training section for additional information on apprenticeship registration procedures and the responsibilities of the apprentice.  Level 1 and 3 are seven weeks and level 2 and 4 are six week.

Please visit the KPU calendar for more information about the Carpentry/Building Construction: Apprenticeship.

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Youth TRAIN in Trades (formerly ACE IT)

Currently offered in partnership with Surrey School District (SD 36), Langley School District (SD 35) and Sea to Sky School District (SD 42).

Program: 21 week Foundation level training

Contact: Please contact your school counsellor for more information.