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Applied and Technical Studies

Carpentry certificate

Entry-level trades training

At UFV we help students build the framework for a carpentry career. The carpentry program will prepare students for entry into the provincial apprenticeship program, as well as directly into employment. Students will get a thorough introduction to the trade and will learn to work on residential and commercial formwork as well as floor, wall, stair, and roof framing.

Theory and shop procedures are set up to simulate job conditions, so punctuality and good work habits are essential. Upon completion of this program, students will receive credit for Level 1 Carpentry and will be eligible to challenge the ITA standard level exam to receive credit for Yr 2.

Concurrent studies option

UFV allows high school students to complete this program through a concurrent studies model during their grade 12 year. For more information, contact your district/school career counsellor. You may also contact the UFV Trades & Technology Centre at 604-847-5448 or email trades@ufv.ca.

Employment opportunities

After successfully completing the program, students will be prepared for employment opportunities in the construction industry and construction-related businesses such as: carpentry, building equipment and supplies sales, construction, shipping and delivery, building maintenance, and modular housing construction.

Entrance requirements

1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.

2. Successful completion of a math and reading comprehension entrance exam.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

1. Submit a UFV application form, along with the $45 application fee, to the Office of the Registrar. You can apply online or download an application form at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply. Application forms are also available from any OReg or Student Services office. Students currently in Grade 12 may apply during their Grade 12 year. A statement from the school counsellor or principal, indicating that you are likely to meet graduation requirements by June, must be presented at the time of entrance appointment.

2. Applicants will be notified of entrance exam dates by the Trades & Technology Centre. There is no fee for writing these exams. Applicants who have not been contacted within two weeks of submission of their application should call 604-847-5448.

3. Read the program description and information carefully. If you require more information, please contact the Trades & Technology Centre at 604-847-5448 or trades@ufv.ca.

4. Prior to classes starting in September, applicants will be notified by telephone of the registration procedures. Applicants who cannot be reached by telephone after three attempts will be removed from the wait list.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and other expenses

See the Fees and Other Costs section. Carpentry students should also budget approximately $350 for basic hand tools, $775 for required textbooks, and $85 for appropriate working apparel.

Note: A deposit (currently $200) must be paid at the time of registration, which typically takes place one or two months before the start of the program. The balance of fees must be paid by the second week of classes.

Medical requirement

A medical statement from a qualified physician may be required at any time before or during the program. Students will be notified by a UFV official if/when the statement is required.


The Carpentry program is located in the Trades & Technology Centre at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack. The reception centre is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Classes and shops are in session 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Dates and attendance requirements

The Carpentry program starts in September and ends mid-May.

The Carpentry program requires continuous attendance to successfully complete all requirements for the program. Students will be expected to attend classes five days per week for the duration of the entire program.

The program is performance-paced. This performance-paced process allows students to have an accelerated completion time and/or an opportunity to develop higher levels of expertise in any area of the program. However, for all students the maximum program length will be enforced as stated under Dates and Attendance Requirements.

Students who fail to meet the attendance requirements as outlined in their individual program guides may be subject to a failing grade or academic warning.

See UFV's Academic Warning policy (79) and Attendance policy (62).

Program requirements

Students must complete all requirements with a minimum of 70% or better to receive a Credit (CR) grade in order to graduate.

Students, who do not receive a Credit (CR) grade in all required areas by the program end date, may apply to their instructor for re-entry into the program. Students who reapply may register as an upgrading student and must complete all program requirements no later than the program end date of the following year. See upgrading policy for more details.


Students must apply for graduation by completing a Request to Graduate form available at the Trades Centre.

Academic warnings

Applied and Technical Studies students who demonstrate unacceptable academic performance will be placed on Academic Warning. See UFV's Academic Warning policy (79).

Unacceptable academic performance may, at the discretion of the instructor, include poor attendance, slow progress in theory and practical tasks, and/or lack of satisfactory participation in class activities. See UFV's Attendance policy (62).

Applied and Technical Studies students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner, and will be held responsible for their actions, whether acting alone or in group. See UFV's Student Academic Misconduct policy (70) and Student Non-Academic Misconduct policy (204).

Withdrawal policy

Student-initiated withdrawal (discontinuing)

If a student wishes not to continue, he or she will need to initiate a withdrawal at the Office of the Registrar.

Required to withdraw (failed grades)

Failed grades may result in withdrawal from the program.

Required to withdraw (academic warning)

Students may be required to withdraw from a course or program for failing to comply with any of the following UFV policies: Academic Warning policy (79), Attendance policy (62), Student Academic Misconduct policy (70), Student Non-Academic Misconduct policy (204).

Upgrading policy

The upgrading program allows those currently or recently employed in the industry to complete their certificate requirements or to become proficient in specific processes or techniques.

An upgrading student will be enrolled for no more than 13 weeks. Upgrading students will not displace anyone registered in the next intake.

Upgrading students are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous or proof of industry experience approved by the program instructor.

Readmission policy

Students who begin a trades program, but withdraw before completing the program, may contact the department to request re-entry to the program provided their absence is less than two years. Re-entry is subject to space availability.

If you are absent more than two years you will be required to apply for re-admission.

• An Application for admission form and Application fee will be required
• Applied and Technical Studies entrance exams will need to be retaken

Program outline

The Carpentry program starts in September and ends approximately mid-May. Students must show that they understand the theory by successfully completing a written test for each unit and then applying it to an acceptable level of practical skills as assigned in that unit.

At regular stages students will be required to move to a shop or lab area to perform various tasks in order to develop their practical skills. Practical hands-on training as a part of the total plan will increase as students' progress through the program, and should amount to about two-thirds of the overall training time.

As much as possible, study lab and shop instruction is patterned after “on-the-job” situations, where a limited amount of direct supervision is required.

Sample topics

• Reading and interpreting drawings
• Using specialty equipment
• Site and building layout
• Building concrete forms
• Framing a building
• Finishing internal and external details

All unit tests and assigned practicals must be completed with a passing grade before writing the final exam, which is scheduled in May.


The Carpentry Apprenticeship program is designed for people already working in the carpentry trade and registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). UFV offers all four levels of technical training. These six-week sessions are necessary to achieve journeyperson certification along with appropriate on-the-job training. For information call 604-847-5448 or email apprenticeship@ufv.ca.