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Trades and Technology

Carpentry certificate

Entry-level trades training

At UCFV we help students build the framework of 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 develop skills expected by employers.

Theory and shop procedures are set up to simulate job conditions, so punctuality and good work habits are essential. This program exceeds the provincial standards of Foundation and ELTT programs taught throughout B.C.

Career Technical Centre

UCFV and School District #34 (Abbotsford) operate a jointly sponsored Career Technical Centre. Carpentry students enter at the Grade 11 level and complete high school and a one-year UCFV Carpentry certificate over two years. For more information, call 604-850-8672 or visit

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.

A career in the construction trades offers good opportunities for those willing to spend several years learning their trade.

Entrance requirements

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

2. A math and reading comprehension entrance exam.

How to apply

1. Submit a UCFV application form, along with the $45 application fee, to the Admissions & Records 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 department. There is no fee for writing these exams. Applicants who have not been contacted within two weeks of submission of their application should call 604-854-4548.

3. Read the program description and information carefully. If you wish to contact the instructor, call Tim Lynch at 604-504-7441, local 4386 or email

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 each semester. The balance of fees must be paid by the second week of the semester.

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 UCFV official if/when the statement is required.


The Carpentry program is located in the Trades & Technology Centre at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack, which is open 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Classes and shops are in session 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Dates & attendance requirements

The Carpentry program starts in September and ends the following May.

The Carpentry program requires continuous attendance through all three semesters 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 allow students 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 & 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 UCFV Policy 340.03 (Academic Warning).
• See UCFV Policy 310.03 (Attendance).

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. We recommend this be done at the beginning of your final semester.

Academic Warnings

Trades & Technology students who demonstrate unacceptable academic performance will be placed on Academic Warning.
• See UCFV Policy 340.03 (Academic Warning).

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 UCFV Policy 310.02 (Attendance).

Trades & Technology 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 UCFV Policy 310.12 (Student Conduct).

Withdrawal policy

Student-initiated withdrawal (discontinuing)

If a student wishes not to continue or return for the next semester, the Trades Centre will advise Admissions & Records and initiate a withdrawal from the student’s current Trades program.

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 three policies.

• UCFV Policy 340.03 (Academic Warning)
• UCFV Policy 310.02 (Attendance)
• UCFV Policy 310.12 (Student Conduct).

Upgrading policy

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

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.

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
• Trades & Technology entrance exams will need to be retaken

Program outline

The Carpentry program starts in September and ends approximately the end of 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.

Students will be working with the help of learning packages that will give step-by-step instructions. The learning materials may include printed worksheets, videotapes, display boards, lab manuals, instructions, demonstrations, and/or lectures.

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.

The training follows a modular system that begins by developing a wide variety of basic skills, and builds on these to develop intermediate and specialized skills required in this industry. The modular curriculum provides a flexible learning path, allowing accelerated learning opportunities for those entering the program with a greater experience or skill level. This performance-paced process allows students an accelerated completion time and/or an opportunity to develop higher levels of expertise in any area of the program.

Sample topics

• Reading and interpreting drawings
• Using specialty equipment
• Site and building layout
• Building concrete forms
• Framing a building
• Finishing internal and external details
• Technical Communications 115 (three academic credits).

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). UCFV 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 604-854-4506 or email

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