Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized

Build your carpentry career in BC’s booming construction industry as you work toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification. You will develop essential skills, taught by expert faculty in up-to-date shops with modern equipment. NIC’s training program follows the criteria set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and offers all four levels of apprenticeship technical training.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Comox Valley
Starts: See schedule below
Length: 7 weeks/lvl
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Having my Red Seal has really made a difference. It makes you more employable, it gives you mobility and it can also lead to other opportunities. The ticket just gives you so many more options.

John Crockford, NIC Carpentry grad and Red Seal carpenter.

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Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized

Scheduled classes may be subject to change, depending on demand.

Note: Apprentices enrolling in technical training must take their training in sequential order, beginning with level 1, then 2, then 3, then level 4. Students must complete all levels of technical training in order to be eligible to write the Interprovincial (Red Seal) examination.

CRH-100 – Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized Level 1

  • 2019 Fall: October 28 - December 13
  • 2020 Winter: January 6 - February 21

CRH-200 – Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized Level 2

  • 2019 Fall: October 28 - December 13
  • 2020 Winter: March 2 - April 17
  • 2020 Fall: November 2 - December 18

CRH-201 – Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized Gap A

*Note: Required prior to Carpentry Level 2 Harmonized
*No Fee

  • 2019 Fall: October 21 - October 25
  • 2020 Winter: February 24 - February 28

CRA-300 – Carpentry Apprenticeship Level 3

  • 2020 Spring: April 27 - June 12

CRH-300 – Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized Level 3

  • 2019 Fall: September 3 - October 18

CRA-400 – Carpentry Apprenticeship Level 4

  • 2019 Fall: September 3 - October 18
  • 2020 Winter: January 6 - February 21

CRH-400 – Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized Level 4

  • 2020 Fall:  November 2 - December 18
  • 2021 Fall: September 13 - October 29


Admission Requirements

1. Applicants must be ITA-registered apprentices. Please see the ITA website for details.
2. Complete and submit the NIC Application for Admission form, writing "Carpenter" and the level of training requested as the program name.
3. Complete and submit the NIC Apprentice Training Registration form.

To Be Successful

  • You will find greater ease and success in your training if your abilities in mathematics, reading and writing are at a sufficient level.  NIC Assessment Services are available to provide math and English assessments year-round. If you need to refresh your skills or upgrade, those classes are available at NIC.
  • School training periods can be very demanding and include a large quantity of reading. You  are encouraged to complete readings in advance.

Erik Hardin

Erik Hardin


Continuing Ed & Training, Trades & Apprenticeships

Journeyman Carpenter, Red Seal Endorsed 

Subjects: Carpentry Fnd Harmonized, Carpentry Apprenticeship, Carpentry Apprentice Hrmnzd
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4049 | Location TTB - 113
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Rob Laird

Rob Laird


Continuing Ed & Training, Trades & Apprenticeships

Journeyman Carpenter (Red Seal 1994)

B. Ed University of British Columbia (2004)

M Ed. Curriculum Development University of Victoria (2015)

Subjects: Carpentry Fnd Harmonized, Carpentry Apprenticeship, Carpentry Apprentice Hrmnzd
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4050 | Location TTB - 113

Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized

All NIC training programs follow the criteria set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to ensure your trade qualifications meet current industry standards.

CRH-100, Level 1, 7 weeks - Comox Valley
CRH-200, Level 2, 7 weeks - Comox Valley
CRH-300, Level 3, 7 weeks - Comox Valley
CRH-400, Level 4, 7 weeks - Comox Valley

NIC works closely with industry to ensure your apprenticeship training is of the highest quality. For upcoming apprenticeship training schedules view the Schedules tab. For more information on apprenticeships visit the ITA website

Supply List

Personal Protection Equipment

  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • CSA-approved steel-toed safety boots
  • Safety glasses
  • Hard hat
  • Ear protection

Classroom Supplies

  • Sharp Electronic Calculator (# EL-520WBBK or EL-520XTB)
  • HB pencils
  • Hi-lite marker
  • Two 2” binders and note paper
  • Drafting Equipment: Available at the NIC bookstore:
    • Set square – 30/60/90 degree, Staedtler 964 10-60
    • Set square – 45/45/90 degree, Staedtler 964 14-45
    • Scale ruler, Imperial, Architects, Staedtler 987 18-31
    • Scale ruler, Metric, Staedtler 987 18-SI
    • Drawing compass, 559-09
    • Good quality white eraser
    • Non-mechanical pencils in: 6H, 4H, & 2H lead

Personal Tools – Do not purchase until after the 1st day of class

  • Tool belt
  • Tape measure 25’/8M (metric, imperial, or combo)
  • Chalk line
  • 2’ level – (optional)
  • Nail puller
  • Framing square (steel or aluminum) – (optional)
  • Cross cut handsaw (10 point) – (optional)
  • Utility knife & blades
  • Speed square
  • Framing hammer


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is an apprenticeship?
    An apprenticeship is a relationship between an employer and an employee where the employee (the apprentice) commits to learn the trade while working for the employer, and the employer commits to provide on-the-job training, time away from the workplace for the apprentice to attend technical training classes and to pay the apprentice a certain percentage of the journeyperson wage rate, which increases as the apprentice progresses through the training.
  2. Does my Red Seal transfer across Canada?
    In many cases, yes. Our harmonized apprenticeship programs allow you to travel across Canada to complete your apprenticeship training.
  3. What is a journeyperson?
    A journeyperson is a person who has received a Certification of Qualification in a trade. A journeyperson is then entitled to be referred to by the trade name (ie: carpenter, electrician, millwright, heavy duty mechanic, etc.)
  4. What training will I take?
    Apprenticeships normally consist of approximately 80 per cent on the job training and 20 per cent in-school technical training. While working on the job site the apprentice learns the trade under the tutelage of a journeyperson who is assigned responsibility for the apprentice’s training. The apprentice is also required to attend technical training classes for six to 10 weeks during each year of the apprenticeship. NIC offers trades technical training in a wide variety of areas.
  5. How long does an apprenticeship last?
    An apprenticeship lasts one to five years, depending on the trade, and the rate the apprentice progresses through the training. Most apprenticeships are four years. The carpentry apprenticeship consists of four levels.
  6. How much will I earn?
    The rate of pay depends on the rate being paid a journeyperson in the same trade with the same employer. Rates are often 50 per cent for the first six months and rising through 55 per cent 60 per cent, 65 per cent, 70 per cent, 75 per cent, 80 per cent, 90 per cent at the end of each six month period. Rates vary by trade and by employer.
  7. What certification will I receive upon completion of my apprenticeship?
    You will receive a Certification of Apprenticeship and, upon completion of the BC exam, you will also receive a BC Government Certification of Qualification (C of Q). Apprentices in many trades may also write the Interprovincial (Red-Seal) exam. This certification is recognized across the country and enables Red-Seal qualified journeypersons to work in those trades across the country. In some trades in BC, the Red-Seal exam is used as the C of Q exam.


Tuition & Costs Estimate

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Grand Total
Tuition $670 $670 $670 $670
NISU Fees $35 $35 $35 $35
Books $700 $0 $0 $0
Learner Resource $35 $35 $35 $35
Total $1,440 $740 $740 $740 $3,660

This program is tuition refund Category 4.