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.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Comox Valley, Port Alberni
Starts: September (CV), January (CV), February (PA)
Length: 24 weeks
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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-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 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.

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 C+ in Communications 12; or C+ in ESL-062 and ESL-065; or CLB 7; or successful NIC assessment testing in English; and
  2. C in one of Principles of Math 10, Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10, Applications of Math 11, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Workplace Math 11, Foundations of Math 11, or NIC MAT-034, 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 Carpentry Foundation info sheet provides information on placement testing available for this program. Contact assessment services for more information.

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 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


Trades & Apprenticeships

Red Seal Endorsed (RSE) Carpentry

Subjects: Carpentry Fnd Harmonized, Carpentry Qualification Cert.
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

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 $2,020
NISU Fees $95
Lab Fees $960
Books $1,500
Learner Resource $110
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,960

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.

This program is tuition refund Category 1.