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Carpenter Foundation Program - Foundation (2019/20)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$3,193.62
Tuition: $2,440.32
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:55.20
Bus Pass Fee:66.60
Occupational First Aid Level 1 Fee:122.00
Toolbox Fee:250.00
Health and Dental Fee:229.50
Total Fees:$753.30

*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 comprehensive 24 week Carpenter Foundation (pre-apprenticeship) program provides students with the skills, knowledge and training necessary to enter the various sectors of the construction industry (residential, light commercial, light industrial or the heavy construction) and covers the program competencies for Level 1 of the four-level Carpenter Apprenticeship program. Content covered includes construction drawings, building codes and bylaws, hand tools and portable and stationary power tools, ladders and scaffolds, concrete formwork, work frame construction as well as survey instruments and equipment. The program includes classroom theory, demonstrations, and practical hands-on experience in a carpenter workshop setting. Safe work habits are important in this trade and are emphasized, reinforced and practiced throughout the program.

Program Information:

Upon successful completion of the 24 week Carpenter Foundation program, students receive:

  • Level 1 Technical Training credit from the Industry Training Authority of the 4 Level Carpenter Apprenticeship program
  • 450 Work-based Training hours
  • Certificate of Completion Carpenter Foundation (Industry Training Authority)
  • College of the Rockies Certificate

Admission Requirements:

Secondary school graduation or equivalent, or completion of a College of the Rockies assessment to an acceptable level.

Recommended prerequisites:
The following education is highly recommended for student success within the program

  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Trades Mathematics 11, or equivalent
  • English 12

Flexible Assessment (FA): Yes (Credit can be awarded for this program through FA)

Prior Learning Credit: Student may apply for prior learning credit with the ITA (Industry Training Authority), please visit www.itabc.ca

Start Dates:

Visit our Trades Training Schedule for program start dates

Technical Training Content:

CAAP 101 Safe Work Practices Apply Shop and Site Safety Practices

  • Apply shop and site safety practices
  • Apply personal safety practices

CAAP 102 Documentation and Organizational Skills

  • Use construction drawings and specifications
  • Interpret building codes and bylaws
  • Plan and organize work
  • Perform trade math

CAAP 103 Tools and Equipment

  • Use hand tools
  • Use portable power tools
  • Use stationary power tools

CAAP 104 Survey Instruments and Equipment

  • Use leveling instruments and equipment

CAAP 105 Access, Rigging and Hoisting Equipment

  • Use ladders, scaffolds and access equipment
  • Use rigging and hoisting equipment

CAAP 106 Site Layout

  • Lay out building locations

CAAP 107 Concrete Formwork

  • Use concrete types, materials, additives and treatments
  • Select concrete forming systems
  • Build footing and vertical formwork
  • Build slab-on-grade forms and suspended slap forms
  • Install reinforcement and embedded items
  • Place and finish concrete

CAAP 108 Wood Frame Construction

  • Describe wood frame construction
  • Select framing materials
  • Build floor systems
  • Build stair systems
  • Build decks and exterior structures

CAAP 109 Building Science

  • Control the forces acting on a building

Program Competencies:

Upon the successful completion of this program, students will be able to

  • apply safe work practices;
  • read, interpret specifications and sketch drawings;
  • use leveling instruments and equipment;
  • use access rigging and hoisting equipment;
  • use and maintain hand tools properly and safely;
  • use and maintain power tools properly and safely;
  • use and maintain shop equipment;
  • layout building locations;
  • use concrete types, materials, additives and treatments
  • Select concrete forming systems and build footings, vertical forms, slab-on grade and suspended slap forms;
  • Place and finish concrete;
  • Describe wood frame construction, select framing material and build floors, stairs, decks and exterior structures; and
  • control forces acting on a building.

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