Program at a glance
Area of Study
Trades & Apprenticeship
Open to International
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The most constructive career choice you can make.
Start in January, April, July or October
Can't stand the thought of a desk job? Like to work with your hands? The Camosun Carpentry Foundation program will teach you the skills and knowledge necessary to get started as a carpenter and build a solid future for yourself and your community.
In the Carpentry Foundation program, you'll develop skills and knowledge necessary for initial entry into the Carpentry trade. You'll learn about site layout, footings and foundations, and wood frame construction. Current best practices for environmental sustainability are emphasized.
You'll be exposed to on-the-job conditions so be prepared to work outdoors regardless of the weather.
The carpentry shop
The carpentry shop is located in the Drysdale Building on the Interurban campus. Our main shop is over 6000 sq. ft. (600 sq. metres) in size.
Other carpentry facilities include both indoor and outdoor platforms for constructing house framing. We also have a well equipped tool room and a large work bench area.
Practical projects will usually be done on site either at the college or in cooperation with local industry.
Next up: Apprenticeship
As a graduate of the program, you will have skills equivalent to that of a first-year apprentice. While you will obtain training consistent with provincial standards for carpentry core knowledge, you will not acquire the skills and experience necessary to become fully qualified. However, credit for completing this program may be applied to an apprenticeship.
Learn more about the four-year apprenticeship programs offered by Camosun.
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An Investment in Your Career
Invest in yourself! Six months of full-time education in the Camosun Carpentry Foundation program will help you find employment and subsequent apprenticeship for your career as a ticketed carpenter.
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.
Awards and scholarships
The School of Trades and Technology in partnership with the Camosun College Foundation offers a series of awards to our outstanding students. Camosun also offers a wide selection of bursaries for full-time students.
Curriculum & courses
Start dates and application deadlines
Start in January, April, July or October.
When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.
Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.
- C in English 11
- C in ENGL 058
And one of:
- C in Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11
- C in MATH 038
Note: If you don't have one of the preferred math requirements the college will accept a C or higher in Foundations of Math 11 and Pre-calculus 11, or Principles of Math 11, or Applications of Math 11, or MATH 073 or MATH 137.
For more detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.
Missing admission requirements?
Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.
Our Teaching Staff
Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students’ individual journeys.
Albert van Akker
Chair, Architectural Trades and Carpentry Program Leader
Program Lead, Instructor, Carpentry
Camosun offers specialty programs to support trades education for Women and Indigenous people.