Carpenter Foundation Program


COVID-19 Update

Face-to-face instruction for all Trades programs is suspended until June 26, 2020. Instructors and program staff are in contact with students.

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Carpenters build and repair a vast array of structures made of wood, wood-substitutes and other materials. Many work for construction companies, contractors and maintenance departments while others are self-employed. Carpenters assemble and erect forms for concrete, wood and metal frame construction and use plans and instruments to prepare for excavating and shoring. On smaller projects, they direct concrete placement, and install exterior and interior finish materials such as siding, doors, windows and cabinets.

Program Description

This program is an introduction to the carpentry trade. Students gain familiarity with the use of hand tools, portable power tools and other equipment regularly used by carpenters. Students also have ample opportunities to work with the materials used by carpenters including lumber, panel products, concrete, roofing materials, fasteners, and a wide variety of hardware.

Theory and practice is offered to allow students to build numerous projects including stairs, forms for concrete, framed floors, walls and roofs. Students spend approximately 70% of their time building various projects of which the major project is a house built in the community.

Graduates can receive credit for first year apprenticeship technical training.

» ITA Carpenter program profile

Next Intake: July 2020

Please note: The Fall 2020 intake of the Carpenter program may be offered in alternative delivery format (virtual/online) due to TRU's response to COVID-19.

Carpenter admission information package

Course length: 30 weeks

Educational Requirements

General Requirements

  • Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status
  • Students must supply own hardhats, gloves and boots
  • Good health

Application Procedure

Admissions encourages you to submit an Application for Admission and related documentation as soon as you complete each of the requirements. The minimum documentation which will be accepted is as follows:

  • Application processing fee receipt if you have never attended TRU before
  • A completed Application for Admission
  • A copy of your official interim or final grades


To arrange for your Assessment, contact the Williams Lake Admissions Office at 250-392-8020.


See Program Costs for the statement of tuition fees.

Visit Financial Aids and Awards for information on applying for student awards.

Questions regarding the carpenter program should be directed to the Admissions Office:
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