A carpentry student works on framing a house.

Carpentry Foundation, Certificate

Building it better

Program at a glance



Area of Study

Trades & Apprenticeship

Study options


Work experience


Open to International



25 weeks

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Centre for Trades Education

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.

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.


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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.

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 detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.

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Academic Calendar

Estimated Tuition 

Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

$2,619 (domestic)

Student Fees

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.

Faculty/staff profile

Albert van Akker - Program Chair

Albert van Akker

Chair, Architectural Trades and Carpentry Program Leader

Al completed his four-year Carpentry Apprenticeship here at Camosun in 1996. As a carpenter he worked for Knappett Projects on a number of sites, gain ...

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Christian Allen

Instructor, Carpentry

Christian Allen has taught Carpentry at the high school, foundation, and apprenticeship level. He also delivers courses in trades math, various safety ...

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Robin Heagy

Robin Heagy

Instructor, Carpentry

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 Geoff Murray

Geoff Murray

Instructor, Carpentry

Geoff has been a Carpentry Instructor at Camosun since 2006. This position is the perfect confluence of his varied career. Geoff graduated from Univer ...

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 Derek Smith

Derek Smith

Program Lead, Instructor, Carpentry

  Derek completed his Carpentry Apprenticeship here at Camosun in 1995. In addition to that he obtained a Bachelor of Education degree at UBC ...

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Mark Swanwick

Mark Swanwick

Instructor, Carpentry

Mark completed his four-year Carpentry apprenticeship here at Camosun in 1991. That same year, Mark won first place in the regional Carpentry Apprenti ...

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Dale Wildman

Dale Wildman

Toolroom Attendant

Dale is a graduate of both the Foundation Carpentry course (1993) and the Fine Furniture Program (1995). Following his time at Camosun Dale completed ...

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Specialty programs

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

Contact information

Al van Akker

Campus location

Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1

Location link

Interurban Campus