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Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized

Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved apprenticeship training

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: See schedule below
  • Build your carpentry career in BC's booming construction industry.
  • Develop essential skills to advance your qualifications in the carpentry trade.
  • Work toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) designation

Be in demand: The BC 2025 Labour Economic Outlook predicts carpenters will be the third most in demand occupational group requiring post-secondary training in BC, with more than 10,300 job openings available to 2025.

Why Choose Carpentry at North Island College

  • Quality education. NIC instructors are highly qualified and experience tradespeople. Our student success rate confirms the quality of instruction as our graduates have some of the highest completion rates in the province. 
  • Excellent facilities. Exceptional value. We have up-to-date shops and equipment and highly experienced instructors. Our tuitions are some of the lowest in the province and accommodations in this beautiful part of Vancouver Island are very reasonable.
  • Industry-approved training. NIC works closely with a program advisory committee, comprised of industry professionals and local employers, to ensure you receive the best, most current training possible

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

You are required to provide the following basic supplies and tools:

  • weather appropriate clothing and CSA-approved steel-toed boots
  • 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 or three, 100-page coil notebooks
  • 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
    - drafting pencils: 6H, 4H and 2H

Personal Tools - Do not purchase until after first day of class:

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

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.
  • 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 Student Services about upgrading classes.

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

  • 2018 Fall: September 4 - October 19
  • 2019 Winter: March 4 - April 19
  • 2019 Fall: October 28 - December 13
  • 2020 Fall: September 7 - October 23

CRA-200 – Carpentry Apprenticeship Level 2

  • 2017 Fall: September 5 - October 20
  • 2018 Winter: January 15 - March 2

CRH-200 – Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized Level 2

  • 2018 Spring: April 30 - June 15
  • 2018 Fall: October 29 - December 14
  • 2019 Winter: April 29 - June 14
  • 2020 Winter: March 2 - April 17
  • 2020 Fall: November 2 - December 18

*Gap training: Required prior to Carpentry Level 2 Harmonized

  • April 23 - 27, 2018
  • *No Fee

CRA-300 – Carpentry Apprenticeship Level 3

  • 2017 Fall: October 30 - December 15
  • 2018 Fall: September 4 - October 19

CRH-300 – Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized Level 3

Date to be Announced for Spring 2019

CRA-400 – Carpentry Apprenticeship Level 4

  • 2018 Winter: March 5 - April 20
  • 2018 Fall: October 29 - December 14
  • 2019 Fall: September 3 - October 18

CRH-400 – Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized Level 4

Date to be Announced for Spring 2020

 

 

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

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 tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Level 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $645 $645
NISU Fees $31 $31
Learner Resource $34 $34
Total $710 $710 $1,420



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.
     

 

Erik Hardin

Erik Hardin

Faculty

Industry Trng & Continuing Ed, Trades & Apprenticeships

Journeyman Carpenter, Red Seal Endorsed 

Subjects: Carpentry Fnd Harmonized, Carpentry Foundation, Carpentry Apprenticeship, Carpentry Apprentice Hrmnzd
erik.hardin@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4049 | Location TTB - 113
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Rob Laird

Rob Laird

Faculty

Industry Trng & Continuing Ed, 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 Foundation, Carpentry Apprenticeship, Carpentry Apprentice Hrmnzd
Robert.Laird@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4050 | Location TTB - 113

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