Personalized Learning Programs
Carpentry: Sustainable Building Practices

30 Week Certificate Program
Start Date: September 2011

This entry level trades training program, offered at the Powell River campus of Vancouver Island University, prepares students for apprenticeship in the building construction trade with a focus on sustainable building practices. Students learn the basics of carpentry in this program which combines theory with extensive hands-on learning. The program includes 3 weeks of work placement in the carpentry industry. Classes in seesion 4 days per week.

Career Opportunities

This program is well recognized by the building industry as an excellent introduction to the residential and commercial building industries leading to apprenticeship and completion of Interprovincial (Red Seal) Certification.

Graduates of this program have been successful in procuring employment as:

  • apprentice carpenter
  • concrete formers
  • wood framers
  • finishing carpenters' helpers
  • cabinet installers
  • home renovators
  • many other related building industry employers

Apprenticeship Information

Graduates of this program may receive credit towards the technical portion of the first year of the Carpenter Apprenticeship program. In order to complete the apprenticeship and become a journeyperson, graduates would find an employer in the industry to provide the on-the-job training and return to VIU for 6 weeks per year in each of the next three years.

For information on apprenticeship training, please visit the Industry Training Authority website at, contact the Industry Training Centre at 1-866-660-6011, or call VIU's Apprenticeship Coordinator at 250-740-6112. Visit VIU's Trades and Applied Technology Apprenticeship page for more information and schedules.

Contact Us

4351 Ontario Avenue, Powell River, B.C., V8A 1V3 Phone: (604) 414-5395 Fax: (604) 485-4895

Hours of operation

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

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