Carpentry Foundation

Provider:​ ​Delivered at North Island College​
Location: ​Comox Valley Campus
Program start date:
(24 weeks)
Semester 2 (Winter 2021)
Times: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Cost to student: approximately $1,186 for textbooks and gear
  1. C in English 10; or C in two of Composition 10, Creative Writing 10, Literary Studies 10, New Media 10, Spoken Language 10, English First Peoples Writing 10, English First Peoples Literary Studies 10, English First Peoples New Media 10, and English First Peoples Spoken Language 10

  2. C in one of Principles of Math 10, Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 10, Workplace Math 10, Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10
Recommended Shop Classes
(Woodwork, Youth Explore Skills Course, Drafting, SD71 Construction Trades Sampler)
Grad Credits: ​24
* No break over high school Spring Break*
Below is a sample timetable showing a pathway and the required courses needed between Grade 10 - 12 so a student could get into the Carpentry Program @ North Island College for Semester 2 of their Grade 12 year.

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12


English 10

Math 10

CLE 10/Elective 10

Elective 10/Elective 10


English 11

Science 11*

Socials 11 or 12 *

Elective 11 (CLE11*)

English 12


*Grade 11 Academic?

Elective 12


Socials 10

Science 10


Elective 10/Elective 10


Construction Trades Sampler
(Includes WorkPlace Math 11)


Other Electives/Courses

NIC Carpentry Program

(Comox Valley Campus)


Counts as Grade 12 Electives

* Could be done in Grade 10 or 12.



NIC's 24-week Carpentry Foundation Harmonized Certificate is the standard provincial program for entry into the carpentry trade and is well-recognized by the residential and commercial building industries. During the program, you will develop the carpentry skills and knowledge needed for employment in the construction industry.


Carpenters work on projects such as; Hospital, bridges, Residential & Commercial construction, School's, etc.


Past graduates have worked for companies in town such as;

AFC Construction, Bohmer Construction, Nelson Roofing & Sheet Metal, Lacasse Construction, Muchalat Construction, School District #71, Kinnetic, Knappet.


A carpentry apprentice must complete a four-year program including 6480 workplace hours and 720 in-school hours of training completed in four levels of training, each for six weeks. After completion and achievement of a passing grade, the apprentice will hold the B.C.Certificate of Apprenticeship, B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Inter provincial Standard Endorsement also known as Red Seal.


District & NIC Applications, Form and Links

NIC Carpentry video​

If you will complete any of the following applications digitally, make sure you download and save them to your computer first before completing.  You can use the Fill & Sign feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader to sign it.

District Application - Train In Trades (Can be done at home and brought to Careers Teacher)
Student Learning Plan - Trades (Can be started at home and brought to Careers Teacher)
ITA Youth Train In Trades Application Form (To completed once accepted to program) 
Sample NIC Train In Trades Application (see school's Careers Department for actual one)  
NIDES Registration (Only required if your program starts in Semester 2)
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Careers Contacts

GP Vanier
Kelley Giorganni: 250-338-2110
Mark R Isfeld
Randy James: 250-334-4628
Tracey McKinney: 250-339-3617
Glacier View
Dawn Stevens: 250-338-2752