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Timber Framing - Foundation (2018/19)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$5,865.11
Tuition: $5,165.81
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:29.90
Bus Pass Fee:44.40
PVHE-100 Fee:120.00
Toolbox Fee:250.00
Health and Dental Fee:225.00
Total Fees:$699.30

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview

This 13-week hands-on Timber Framing program provides students with instruction on how to: choose and cut various timber frame joints, lay out timbers using square rule, mill rule, centre line, and other techniques, conduct design/drafting basics, assemble and raise a frame and use basic geometry and trigonometry in framing. Students build timber framing projects and one framed structure as a class project.

Admission Requirements


  • A minimum of Math 11 Apprentice and Workplace or equivalent. Computers 11 (or equivalent) is highly recommended

Non Academic Prerequisites:

  • Candidates should be physically fit (mobility/lifting), with good manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and balance, able to work at heights and in adverse weather
  • Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest in the construction field
  • Familiarity with basic hand and power tools used in carpentry/construction

Flexible Assessment (FA): Yes

Start Dates

Visit our Trades Training Schedule for program start dates

Program Content:

  • TIFR 101 History of Timber Framing
  • TIFR 102 Apply Safety Practices
  • TIFR 103 Drafting and Shop Drawings
  • TIFR 104 Timber Conversion
  • TIFR 105 Timber Grading Theory
  • TIFR 106 Estimating and Pricing Skills
  • TIFR 107 Math Skills
  • TIFR 108 Techniques for Handling Timbers
  • TIFR 109 Handling Tools and Equipment
  • TIFR 110 Building Theory for Enclosure Systems
  • TIFR 111 Timber Finishing
  • TIFR 112 Transportation, Rigging and Raising

Program Competencies:

Upon the successful completion of this program, student should be able to:

  • apply safe work practices in the Timber Frame Industry;
  • read/interpret specifications and shop drawings;
  • identify wood species and properties;
  • use and maintain hand and power tools properly and safely;
  • use and maintain shop equipment;
  • lay out and cut timber frame joints;
  • converse using timber frame terminology;
  • hand draft timber frame details;
  • solve frame dimensioning math problems;
  • select and sort timbers for framing;
  • lay out and cut common timber frame joints using several layout methods;
  • conduct basic checks on layout before cutting;
  • work independently and in teams to develop leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, including project management and team building skills;
  • have a basic understanding of computer electronic assisted drafting software CAD;
  • be aware of tension, compression, bending and shear loads as they apply to timber frame structures;
  • design a basic timber frame structure;
  • assemble a frame; and
  • assist in the rigging and raising of a frame.


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