As a carpenter you’ll build and repair residential, commercial and industrial buildings in accordance with local building codes. You’ll work with a variety of construction materials including wood, concrete, fasteners and engineered products, and use a wide array of hand and power tools.

Residential Construction Foundation Program (Carpenter Level 1 & 2)

Learn the carpentry skills you need to start working in the field and prepare for apprenticeship in our Foundation program, where you’ll spend about 70 percent of your time doing hands-on practical work.


What you'll learn

  • Learn to use hand tools, power tools and other specialty equipment used by carpenters.
  • Gain familiarity working with carpentry building materials like lumber, panel products, concrete, roofing, fasteners and hardware.
  • Learn to build numerous projects including stairs, concrete forms, and framing for floors, walls and roofs.
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Carpentry student marking wood with ruler and pencil
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What makes TRU's program unique

  • Hands-on training experience building the award-winning YMCA Dream Home Training House project, in partnership with the Canadian Home Builders Association Central Interior.
  • Learn from experienced Red Seal instructors in the classroom and on the job site.
  • Benefit from industry connections and networking.

What you'll graduate with

  • TRU Carpentry Foundation Certificate
  • The in-school technical training required for Level 1 and 2 Apprenticeships
  • 450 work-based hours towards Red Seal Certification

Program requirements

  • Must be in good physical health
  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Up to date tetanus vaccination is recommended
  • Successful score on ACCUPLACER

The Canadian Home Builders Association Central Interior (CHBACI) is proud to have partnered with TRU for the past 30 years on the Training House program. We have seen students come full circle from gaining valuable hands-on training opportunities working on this practical project outside of the classroom, to then joining as members of our association after graduation as licensed builders and looking to give back through sponsorship or the commitment of time towards the program. This dynamic partnership between CHBACI and TRU continues to provide an unparalleled educational experience and further grow and connect members of our association to our surrounding community.

-Rose Choy
Executive Director, Canadian Home Builders Association Central Interior


Apprenticeship is your path to Red Seal Certification. It provides carpentry certification through work-based on-the-job training and in-school technical training. Employers sponsor students for the work-based training and TRU offers the in-school technical training for levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 of your apprenticeship. Each level consists of seven weeks of on-campus training, and the Foundation program provides both the on-the-job and in-school training for levels 1 and 2. Once you’ve completed all four levels and the required work-based hours, you’ll receive a certification of qualification in carpentry and qualify to write the inter-provincial Red Seal Certification exam.

Additional equipment/supplies provided by student

Carpentry apprentices must purchase the required textbooks and provincial competency manuals, and have a current copy of the BC Building Code (not included in program cost).

Program requirements

  • Sponsored by an employer registered by the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
  • Must be in good physical health

Apprenticeship training dates

CARP - Level 1 (Harmonized) Sep 13, 2021 Oct 29, 2021 Kamloops
CARP - Level 1 (Harmonized) Jan 04, 2022 Feb 18, 2022 Kamloops
CARP - Level 2 (Harmonized) Apr 12, 2021 May 28, 2021 Kamloops
CARP - Level 2 (Harmonized) Nov 01, 2021 Dec 17, 2021 Kamloops
CARP - Level 2 (Harmonized) Feb 22, 2022 Apr 08, 2022 Kamloops
CARP - Level 3 (Harmonized) Sep 13, 2021 Oct 29, 2021 Kamloops
CARP - Level 3 (Harmonized) Jan 04, 2022 Feb 18, 2022 Kamloops
CARP - Level 4 (Harmonized) Nov 01, 2021 Dec 17, 2021 Kamloops
CARP - Level 4 (Harmonized) Feb 22, 2022 Apr 08, 2022 Kamloops
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Costs for Carpenter programs

Fees are are subject to change.

Costs include items such as student/ancillary fees, books, personal tools and safety gear, which are kept by students when they graduate from the program.

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(rate for August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021)

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Carpentry apprentices must purchase the required textbooks and provincial competency manuals. Students must have a current copy of the BC Building Code.

The Y Dream Home is a partnership between TRU and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior (CHBA CI). First year residential construction, electrical, and plumbing program students from the School of Trades and Technology get hands-on building experience on the training house, and sale of the house by the CHBA CI supports community initiatives.