Carpentry Foundation Harmonized Certificate

Develop essential skills both in the classroom and on the worksite. You’ll learn residential framing, footing and wall forming, site layout, workplace safety from experienced Red Seal instructors, current apprentices and industry representatives. You'll also earn level 1 technical training credit and work-based training hours toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification when you register as an apprentice. As a graduate you will be equipped to pursue employment as an apprentice carpenter in residential, commercial or industrial construction, as a framer, finisher, forming carpenter or home renovator.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River, Comox Valley
Starts: February
Length: 24 weeks
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

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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-110 Safe Work Practices for Carpentry
  • CFH-111 Occupational Skills for Carpentry
  • CFH-112 Power Tools for Carpentry
  • CFH-113 Construction Drawings and Specifications for Carpentry
  • CFH-114 Hand Tools for Carpentry
  • CFH-115 Survey Instruments and Site Layout
  • CFH-116 Select and Build Concrete Forms
  • CFH-117 Building with Wood Systems
  • CFH-118 Access, Rigging, and Hoisting Equipment
  • CFH-119 Concrete Composition
  • CFH-120 Wood Structures
  • *OFA-001 WHMIS 2015
  • *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.

*Note: In this program, students may participate in field trips to industry specific locations.

Completion Requirements

Students will be required to achieve a minimum C in each course to pass the program.  Student will be required to pass all industry certificate courses to achieve program completion requirements

Admission Requirements

  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; or C in NIC ENG-035, or C+ in Communications 12; or C+ in ESL-062 and ESL-065; or successful NIC assessment testing in English; and
  2. C in one of Principles of Math 10, Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 10, Workplace Math 10, Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10, Applications of Math 11, NIC MAT-029, or successful NIC assessment testing in math
  3. High School graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.

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.
  • You can access math review resources from: Should you find you need further support please contact our student services department about upgrading classes.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Erik Hardin

Erik Hardin


Continuing Ed & Training, Trades & Apprenticeships

Journeyman Carpenter, Red Seal Endorsed 

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

Matt Melgaard

Matt Melgaard


Trades & Apprenticeships

Red Seal Endorsed (RSE) Carpentry

Subjects: Carpentry Fnd Harmonized, Carpentry Qualification Cert.

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

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


Tuition & Costs Estimate

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

Tuition $2,056
NISU Fees $95
Lab Fees $975
Books $1,500
Learner Resource $112
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,013

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the book search.

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.

This program is tuition refund Category 1.