Carpentry Foundation Harmonized Certificate

Develop essential skills in residential framing, footing and wall forming, site layout, work site safety and more. You’ll earn apprenticeship technical training credit toward Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification. As a graduate you will be equipped to pursue employment as apprentice carpenters in residential, commercial or industrial construction as framers, finishers, carpenters’ assistant and home renovation.

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September, January
Length: 24 weeks
Tuition: $1,976 approx

Students enter the program with a wide variety of strengths and abilities. It’s inspiring to help them develop their skills as they learn to use practical methods to convert theoretical concepts into real-world objects and see their pride in the end product they’ve created.

Carpentry instructor Erik Hardin

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Program Requirements

CFH-100 Introduction to the Carpentry Trade & Apprenticeship Training
CFH-101 Introduction to Essential Workplace Skills for Trades
CFH-102 Introduction to Worksite Safety
CFH-103 Documentation, Codes and Drawings
CFH-104 Carpentry Tools & Equipment
CFH-105 Site Layout and Survey Instruments
CFH-106 Footing and Wall Forming
CFH-107 Residential Framing
CFH-109 Building Science
*OFA-001 WHMIS General
*OFA-010 Occupational First Aid - Level 1

*Note: Students not having current, valid First Aid and WHMIS certification are required to take these courses to meet program requirements. Separate fees will be charged for First Aid and WHMIS.

* Note: Based on availability of placements with industry, Trades Foundation students may have an opportunity to participate in an optional Work Experience: WXT-100 Work Experience – Trades Foundation.

Completion Requirements

A minimum average across the program of 70% is required to pass the program.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of English 10, 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, English First Peoples Spoken Language 10, NIC ENG-035, or equivalent; or C+ in ESL-051, 054 and 057, or CLB 7; or successful NIC assessment testing in English; and
  2. C in one of Principles of Math 10, Applications of Math 11, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Workplace Math 11, Foundations of Math 11, NIC MAT-034, NIC MAT-055, or equivalent; or successful NIC Math assessment.


To Be Successful

  • You are encouraged to contact the instructor for an in-person or telephone interview. The purpose of the interview is to provide advice, answer questions about the program and discuss various career fields and choices.
  • The most important key to success is the desire to become a quality tradesperson. The traditional values of hard work, reliability, positive attitude and the desire to do quality work are essential to succeed in the program.
  • Trades programs require good hand-eye coordination, good binocular vision, strong abilities in spatial and mechanical reasoning along with good math and communication skills.
  • Many employers require Grade 12 completion as an employment standard. If you do not meet this requirement we encourage you to contact an educational advisor to discuss upgrading or Grade 12 completion options offered at NIC. In addition to the stated prerequisites secondary school equivalent courses in science, physics and drafting are considered an asset.
  • There is also an expectation of physical activities such as lifting, working on ladders and scaffolding or in confined spaces and under various weather conditions.
  • You will be required to stay focused for prolonged periods.
  • The math pre-test link is a review exercise and can be used as an indicator of your current math skills. Should you find you need further support please contact our Student Services department about upgrading classes.

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

Matt Melgaard

Matt Melgaard

RSE Carpenter (2008)
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4263 | Location TTB - 113

Program Highlights

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.

The program follows the BC Provincial Apprenticeship Level 1 program competencies, while also providing significant time for practical hands-on skill development. 

Upon successful graduation, you will receive an NIC Carpentry Foundation Harmonized Certificate and, upon entering into an apprenticeship, you will be eligible to receive credit for Level 1 technical training and 450 hours of work based credit toward your apprenticeship hours requirement.

Launch your career

Graduates of this program find employment as apprentice carpenters, in residential, commercial or industrial construction. Work may include concrete forming, framing, exterior finishing, interior finishing or home renovations.

Supply List

You are responsible for obtaining the following basic supplies and tools:
  • weather appropriate clothing and steel-toed rubber boots
  • 8” steel toe safety boots/shoes
  • safety glasses
  • hard hat
  • ear protection
  • Sharp electronic calculator (# EL-520WBBK or EL-520X)
  • 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 16-60
    - 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, 559-02
    - Good quality white eraser
    - Non-mechanical pencils in: .3mm lead in 6H lead; .5mm in 2H & 4H lead; .9mm in 2H lead  

Personal tools -  do not purchase until after first day of class as instructor will advise best buys.

  • carpenter apron
  • tape measure 25 foot Imperial and eight metre metric
  • chalk line and reel
  • 2’ level
  • nail puller (cat’s paw)
  • rafter square (steel or aluminum)
  • cross cut handsaw (10 point)
  • utility knife and blades
  • speed square
  • framing hammer 

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2018, Winter, Spring & Summer 2019

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

Year 1
Tuition $1,976
NISU Fees $92
Lab Fees $938
Learner Resource $105
Health and Dental $275
Total $3,386

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $9,270
NISU Fees $92
Lab Fees $938
Learner Resource $105
Health and Dental $275
Total $10,680
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).