Thompson Rivers University
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Saw Filer Apprenticeship


Three trades make up the saw trades: saw fitting, circular saw filer and benchperson.The saw filer apprentice program provides the knowledge and skills required to become both a provincially and inter-provincially certified tradesperson.


Saw filers maintain wood sawing machines in lumber and paper mills.

Admission Requirements

Limited admission

  • To begin an apprenticeship to become a circular saw filer, learners must complete 840 hours of work-based training, working in a saw filing room and assisting saw filers in their work.
  • Apprentice must also secure an employer who is approved to provide on-the-job training in saw filing and is willing to register the apprentice and keep a record of their performance.
  • Grade 10 education, including English 10, Math 10 and Science 10 or equivalent (Grade 12 preferred).
  • Currently there are waitlists for all apprenticeship programs. Adding your name to the waitlist is free and you will be contacted when your name comes up.

Next Steps

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Phone: 250-828-5036