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Carpentry Foundation

What You’ll Learn

The building process, from the initial plan to the last nail

In the Carpentry Foundation program you will work hard from day one. You'll learn how to work safely, the rationale behind sustainable building and, of course, how to use the materials and tools of the carpentry trade.

What to expect

Located at our Interurban campus, this 25 week program is designed to prepare you for initial entry into the Carpentry trade. The program is delivered in two components: 1) site layout, footings, and foundations; and 2) wood frame construction. There is an emphasis on current best practices for environmental sustainability.

This full-time program is comprised of two courses, each running three months. You can start the program at any of the four intake periods: January, April, July, or October (space-permitting).

You'll be exposed to on-the-job conditions so be prepared to work outdoors regardless of the weather. You should be in good physical health and have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. Occasionally, you'll have to work longer than normal college hours depending on the project.

All trades programs have a mandatory attendance requirement. If you miss three days in a class, you may be required to withdraw from the course. (Exemptions may be made in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Dean.)

Apprenticeship Training

Graduates of the Carpentry Foundation program obtain training consistent with provincial standards for those occupational cores and specialties completed but will not acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become fully qualified. Credit for completing this program may be applied to apprenticeships affiliated with these specialties.

Camosun accepts applications on an ongoing basis for all levels. Please refer to the apprenticeship schedule, and pick up or download and print an apprentice application. PDF

Program courses

Course Instructional Hours
CARP 110 Carpentry – Framing Cluster 375 hours
CARP 120 Carpentry – Formwork Cluster 375 hours

Students must achieve a cumulative average of 70% of all program courses to qualify for the certificate.


You'll learn to:

  • describe and implement shop, site, and personal saftey practices
  • interpret drawings and specifications, sketch simple details, estimate materials, interpret building codes
  • identify materials and characteristics of wood, select lumber, panel goods, fasteners, adhesives, and hardware
  • use hand tools, including measuring and layout, edge-cutting, drilling and boring, and fastening tools
  • use and maintain portable and power-actuated tools and chainsaws
  • use shop equipment: table saw, radial arm saw, and miscellaneous shop equipment
  • use survey instruments
  • perform site layout procedures, including site planning, concrete formwork, footings and wall forms
  • frame residential wood-frame housing: foundations and floors, walls and partitions, gable roofs with ceiling joists, and hip roofs
  • describe and demonstrate the use of environmentally sustainable forming materials and methods

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Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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