Carpentry Foundation, Certificate

Invest in yourself and build a brighter future. 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.

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Program at a glance



Work experience


Study options


Open to International


Area of study

Trades Foundation


25 weeks

Seat availability

Choose your training date from the program training schedules then call us at 250-370-3550 to confirm seat availability.
Training schedules

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.


Hands-on learning

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.

A woman in a hard hat working on framing a house.

Information session

Learn more about Camosun's Carpentry Foundation program.

Virtual Trades Information Session

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

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Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

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 for 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.

Camosun Carpentry Logo

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.

Tuition and fees

Effective from September 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025

Estimated tuition

Tuition estimates are for the entire program

Carpentry Foundation, Certificate

$2,781 (domestic)

Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

Student fees

In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Start dates and application deadlines

Start in January, April, July or October

Foundation program schedules

Admission Requirements

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.

One of:

  • 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 details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

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Contact us

If you have admissions questions contact the Admissions office.

For questions about the program contact or the Department Chair.

Faculty/staff profile

Albert van Akker - Program Chair

Albert van Akker

Chair, Architectural Trades and Carpentry Program Leader
JD 134A
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Faculty/staff profile


Christian Allen

Instructor, Carpentry
Centre for Trades Education and Innovation
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Faculty/staff profile

 Derek Smith

Derek Smith

Program Lead, Instructor, Carpentry
John Drysdale
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Specialty programs

Camosun offers specialty programs to support trades education for Women and Indigenous people. 

Contact information

Trades Apprenticeship Office

Campus location

Centre for Trades and Technology building (CTEI), room 102

Location link

Interurban Campus



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