Carpentry - Foundation Level 1

30-week Certificate Program
September 7, 2021 to April 14, 2022

Apply early as space is limited

This entry level trades training program, offered at the Powell River campus of Vancouver Island University, prepares students for apprenticeship in the building construction trade with a focus on sustainable building practices. Students learn the basics of carpentry in this program which combines theory with extensive hands-on learning. The program includes 3 weeks of work placement in the carpentry industry. Classes in session 4 days per week.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application form
    (No application deadline date, however apply early as space is limited)
  • Grade 12 or provincial equivalent. Mature student status may apply.
  • Minimum 17 years of age
  • Assessment test ($20.00) and Personal Profile (study materials are available)
  • Interview

Notes on Admission

  • Criminal Record Check (approx $42.00)
  • Must be physically fit and able to adapt to varied working conditions
  • Good hand/eye coordination
  • Good health, free of vision, hearing or respiratory ailments

Program Outline



CPTY 111T - (Occupational Skills, Documentation, Tools, and Safety)


CPTY 113T - (Surveying, Layout, and Concrete)


CPTY 115T - (Framing and Building Science)


CPTY 109T - (Work Experience)


Total Credits


Essential Skills                                                                                    


ESFC 100T - (Personal Management Skills)


ESFC 105T - (Trades Math)


ESFC 110T - (Business Operations)


ESFC 115T - (The Emerging Workplace)


ESFC 120T - (Employment Strategies)


Total Credits


All program courses must be successfully completed before certificates will be issued.

Fees (subject to change)

Fee Type                                                                                                                    




Student Fees




Application Fee


Grad Fee


Criminal Record Check Fee


All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

* Information on fees for Dual Credit Students.

Additional Expenses

In addition to textbooks and school supplies, students are expected to purchase a hardhat, steel-toed boots, rain gear, and a carpenter's apron with basic hand tools - cost is approximately $1,300. An itemized list will be available during the first week of classes. Transportation to the student house job site are the student's responsibility.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance may be available to students demonstrating financial need. This program is government student loan eligible. Applications for the academic year are available each May at any post-secondary institution, or on-line at StudentAidBC.

See a a University Advisor for more information.
Please call to make an appointment, 604-485-2878.

How to Apply

When the Registration Center confirms that you have been admitted, you will be advised when and how to register and pay for your program.

Career Opportunities

This program is well recognized by the building industry as an excellent introduction to the residential and commercial building industries leading to apprenticeship and completion of Interprovincial (Red Seal) Certification.

Graduates of this program have been successful in procuring employment as:

  • apprentice carpenter
  • concrete formers
  • wood framers
  • finishing carpenters' helpers
  • cabinet installers
  • home renovators
  • many other related building industry employers

Apprenticeship Information

Graduates of this program may receive credit towards the technical portion of the first year of the Carpenter Apprenticeship program. In order to complete the apprenticeship and become a journeyperson, graduates would find an employer in the industry to provide the on-the-job training and return to VIU for 6 weeks per year in each of the next three years.

For information on apprenticeship training, please visit the BC Industry Training Authority site, contact the Industry Training Centre at 1-866-660-6011, or call VIU's Apprenticeship Coordinator at 250-740-6112. Visit VIU's Trades and Applied Technology Apprenticeship page for more information and schedules.