Carpentry Foundation/Residential Construction

By , May 5, 2014

Carpenters perform all work connected with the assembly and erection of falsework and forms for concrete, wood and metal frame construction. They install interior and exterior finishing metals for residential, commercial, and industrial projects, following plans and specifications and local building codes. Other trade skills include layout, rigging/signaling, cutting/welding and the erection and dismantling of scaffolding.

The Carpentry Foundation Level 1 (Enhanced) program provides students with theoretical and practical instruction through a variety of projects including stairs, forms for concrete, framed floors, walls, and roofs. Students spend approximately 70 per cent of their time in practical skill development building a construction project from start to lock-up stage. The Carpentry Foundation Level 2 (Enhanced) program builds on the skills learned in the Level 1 program, while introducing students to finishing work and rigging/hoisting.

Career prospects include: Rough carpenters, who construct forms and assemble basic structures; framing carpenters, who erect and sheath the frame of houses and other buildings as well as install windows; and finishing carpenters who work on the final stages of construction, such as the installation of doors, moldings and stairs.

Admission Prerequisites

  • Grade 10 level completion that includes Grade 10 English; and Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace), with 67 per cent (C+) or higher in both.

Where is the program offered?

Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek (starts September)

North Peace Secondary School, Fort St. John (starts September)


For more information and a Job Description for a Carpenter, see Page 2!

For more information on the Carpentry Foundation program at Northern Lights College, go to the NLC website. 

Carpentry Foundation Level 1 (Enhanced)

Carpentry Foundation Level 2 (Enhanced)

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