2016-17 Calendar

Residential Construction

This 30-week (900 hours) program provides students with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to seek employment as an apprentice carpenter in the construction industry. The program introduces students to all aspects of the trades including the use of hand tools, portable power tools and other equipment used by carpenters. Through the construction of a residential wood-frame project students are given the opportunity to work with a variety of materials used by carpenters including lumber, panel products, concrete, fasteners and hardware. The focus is on developing practical skills for the construction workplace. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive Level 1 technical training credit and 450 work-based -hours credit towards completion of the Carpenter Level 1 apprenticeship program.

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • Math requirement:

A minimum of 50% in any of:

    • Pre-calculus Grade 11
    • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11
    • Principles of Mathematics 11
    • Applications of Mathematics 11
    • Essentials of Mathematics 11
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 011
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 084 and MATH 085
    • Adult Basic Education IALG 011

Or a minimum of 63% on the ABLE mathematics test. Test scores are only good for two (2) years.

Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the ABLE Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 63%.

Graduation Requirement

Minimum passing grade per component is 70%.


RCST 01 Work Safe
RCST 02 Trades Mathematics
RCST 03 Drawings & Specifications
RCST 04 Materials
RCST 05 Tools and Equipment
RCST 06 Bldg. Science/Special Const.
RCST 09 Site Layout, Concrete Forms
RCST 10 Frame Residential Housing
RCST 11 Level One Carpentry Final Exam

Program Schedule: February to August (30 weeks)

Textbooks: $680 approximately

Tools: $250 approximately

There are a number of physical activities involved in training for a skilled trade. Please review the physical activities of the program and the recommended student characteristics.

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

  • Penticton (Feb)
  • Kelowna (Feb)




  • Full-Time


2016-17: $3,980.10 (Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm) $4,034.90 (Vernon)

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees


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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 10/25/2016