Camosun is Vancouver Island's largest provider of trades training, and is known for training excellence in more than 20 trades and apprenticeship programs.
Design, build and power your career.
As a Carpentry student, you are part of our School of Trades & Technology.
The School of Trades & Technology plays a vital role in training tradespeople, technicians, technologists and artisans on Southern Vancouver Island. We offer a variety of programs and courses to meet your needs, be they to establish or further your career in the trades or technologies, bridge into a third year Engineering program or just for your own personal interest through Continuing Education. Learn more.
From Foundation to Apprenticeship
Foundation and Pre-employment programs
Foundation and pre-employment certificate programs run six to ten months each and provide a comprehensive introduction to the trade. These programs combine in-class learning with hands-on practical skills, making you well-positioned for entry-level employment or to beginning an apprenticeship. Foundation programs also provide a head-start on apprenticeship training by covering the technical learning outcomes required in your first apprenticeship year. Foundation grads receive credit for Level 1 technical training as well as some of the required training hours.
Technical training for registered Apprentices
If you've already been hired as an apprentice, you can get all your required technical training at Camosun without starting in the longer Foundation program. Learn more.
Member of the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
The Industry Training Authority (ITA) leads and coordinates British Columbia's skilled trades system. The ITA works with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards, and increase opportunities in the trades.
Established in 2004, the ITA is a provincial crown agency and governed by a nine-person Board of Directors. Learn more.
BC Carpenters Union
The BC Regional Council of Carpenters (BCRCC) is comprised of highly skilled men and women employed in the building trade industry in British Columbia including carpenters and scaffolders. We strive to obtain the best wages and benefits for those we represent. To do this we need to be the best skilled and most productive workers in the industry and we accomplish this through our carpentry apprenticeship and journeyperson training programs. Learn more.
Canadian Home Builders' Association
Since 1943, the Canadian Home Builders' Association has been "the voice of Canada's residential construction industry"—one of the most vital and enterprising industries in Canada. Representing more than 8,000 member firms across Canada, CHBA members come from every area of Canada's housing industry - new home builders, renovators, land developers, trade contractors, product and material manufacturers, building product suppliers, lending institutions, insurance providers, service professionals and others.
The Canadian Home Builders' Association is built on a vision and commitment - a vision of a strong and positive role for the housing industry, and a commitment to support the business success of our members and their ability to provide affordability, quality and choice for consumers. Learn more.