Saw Filer Apprenticeship Program


Program Description

Saw Filer means a person who fits all types of saws, including circular saws, band saws, gang saws and chain saws. They operate, repair and adjust saw sharpening equipment and are also competent to bench all circular and gang saws, including tensioning, welding cracks, welding on teeth and included any other work that is usually performed by a Saw Filer in the Lumber Manufacturing Industry.

Optional Endorsement: Benchperson means a person who is a qualified Saw Filer who is able to bench band saws, including the lining up of head rigs, grinding of band wheels and any other work usually performed by a Benchperson in the Lumber Manufacturing Industry.

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 trades person. Visit the Industry Training Authority for a detailed description of the Saw Filer trade and admission criteria

Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake Campus, is the only training institution in BC that offers technical training for these trades.


Saw Filer apprentices must pay tuition and purchase the appropriate government published texts and required TRU lab manuals and worksheet packages. See the Trades and Technology Page for further details.

Apprenticeship Contacts

For information regarding the amount of your tuition fees or other TRU services, contact the Admissions Office.

To schedule your Technical Training session, or for other information regarding your training requirements, or if you are currently indentured as an apprentice, please feel free to contact:

Apprenticeship Office
Phone: 250-371-5659
Toll-free: 1-866-371-5659

For program start dates, check out the Apprenticeship Course Calender

For more program information, contact
Thomas Haag
Phone: 250-828-5119

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