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Get your Carpentry Red Seal

Carpentry is a nationally designated trade under the Skilled Trades BC Interprovincial Red Seal program. Earning your Carpentry Red Seal Endorsement marks you as a skilled worker, opening job opportunities for you across Canada.

The Carpentry Apprenticeship program consists of four levels of training with seven weeks of in-school training in each of the four levels.

You attend a seven-week training program each year. Classes are designed to include both theory and practice. The program prepares you to write the Interprovincial Examination leading to final Red Seal certification.

If you are not currently working as an carpenter, you may consider enrolling first in UFV's Carpentry foundation program to gain the entry-level skills needed to secure employment. As a graduate of the program, you get advanced apprenticeship placement when you find an employer to sponsor you.

Please email trades@ufv.ca if you have any questions.

Upcoming schedule

Level 1 (7 weeks)

May 27 - July 12, 2024: Full

Level 2 (7 weeks)

September 9 - October 25, 2024 accepting applications

Level 3 (7 weeks)

November 4 - Dec 20, 2024: accepting applications

Level 4 (7 weeks)

January 6 - Feb 21, 2025: accepting applications

Please note: this schedule is subject to change. For current information and any questions please contact trades@ufv.ca or call 604-847-5448.

Steps to apply

  1. Submit an online application through the UFV portal for the Carpentry Apprenticeship program (please note you will apply for apprenticeship but not a specific level as that will be determined in step 2).
  2. You will then receive an email from trades@ufv.ca, to the email address you submitted on your application, asking for additional information (level required, Skilled Trades BC no., sponsor/employer, etc).
  3. You will then be scheduled for the next available intake.

Apprenticeship Tax Credits

If you are enrolled in an apprenticeship program administered through the Skilled Trades BC, you may qualify to receive grants and subsidies.

Please visit the Skilled Trades BC website for more information.

There are also tax credits available for employers sponsoring students through their apprenticeships.

Fees and costs

Carpentry apprenticeship - Level 1,2,3,4 [7 weeks/level]
  2024-2025 2023-2024
Tuition/week $135.24 $132.59
Ancillary fee/week $13.52 $13.26
Experiential Learning & Wellness fee/week $2.70 $2.65
Tuition and fees (per week) $151.46 $148.50
Student union & society fees (per semester) TBD $165.90
Health & dental plan fee (Sept - Aug)
n/a n/a
Carpentry apprenticeship - estimated total tuition and fees per level $1,060.22 plus SUS and society fees $1,205.40

Please note: Fees are subject to change without notice.


Additional program costs for Carpentry apprenticeship

  • Text Books (approximate) — $878.00

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