Carpentry - Apprenticeship Level 2

7-Week Apprenticeship Program
Dates: May 4 – June 18, 2021

Apply early as space is limited!

If you have your Level 1 Carpentry, you can get your Level 2 Carpentry without leaving home! 

Apprentices work as apprentice carpenters and come to Vancouver Island University for 7 weeks for technical training. Approximately 80% of the training is done on-the-job and 20% is in-school technical training. To become certified, an apprentice must complete on-the-job experience, successfully pass all in-school technical training, and pass the Standard Level Exam (SLE) and the Inter-Provincial Examination with a 70% or greater.

Please be aware that Level 2 is a condensed intensive program with homework assignments.  Classes will run 6 hours per day with a ½ hour lunch break, 4 days per week, Tuesday-Friday. 

It is highly recommended that students coordinate with their employer to arrange time off from work for this program.

Level 2 Outline

  • Documentation and Organizational Skills
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Survey Instruments
  • Site Layout
  • Concrete Formwork
  • Wood Frame Construction
  • Finishing Materials
  • Building Science

Admission Requirements

  • Carpentry - Level 1 (from Vancouver Island University or equivalent).
  • Apprenticeship ID# from the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Those that don’t have an ITA ID# can create a personal ITA account. More details can be found at the Create an ITA account webpage, under “New Apprentices.” Please note, creating an ITA ID# does not mean you are a registered apprentice. You must:
    • Be working in the carpentry trade, and
    • Be an active apprentice within the ITA’s database. Your apprenticeship record will be verified at receipt of application.

Not registered as an apprentice? Ask your employer to register you as an apprentice with the ITA. It’s free and simple: please see the ITA website for information on becoming an apprentice. Please note that your employer must report your work-based training hours as well.

Fees (subject to change)

Fee Type




Society & Activity fee




Application fee (non-refundable)


All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Other Expenses

Textbooks will be approximately $180.

Students will also need all books previously purchased for Level 1.

How to Apply

  • Submit an application through Education Planner BC. Make sure you select the Level 2 intake in Powell River. Please note that all applications will be processed in the Apprenticeship Registration Office at VIU-Nanaimo, and they will notify you of any additional steps required to complete your application.
  • Pay the application fee.

Any questions regarding application and registration should be sent to

Financial Assistance

You may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance benefits (if you were working full time) as well as Part II Benefits (travel, living out, daycare, disability, etc. allowances). Further information will be provided with your Welcome Letter once you have a confirmed seat, but you must apply for it prior to the May 4, 2021 start date.

Students may also be eligible for a Canada Apprentice Loan. See their website for more information.

Apprenticeship Information

Information on apprenticeship training is available at You can also contact the Industry Training Centre at 1-866-660-6011 or VIU's Apprenticeship Coordinator at