2022-23 Calendar

Carpenter and Joiner Foundation

If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:

Apprenticeship: apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca
Foundation and General Interest: trades@okanagan.bc.ca

Students enrolled in the 30-week (900 hours) Carpenter and Joiner Foundation program will learn the skills required to seek employment in the trades of carpentry and joinery. They will develop the skills needed to begin working as carpentry or joinery apprentices. Graduates of this program will receive credit for Level 1 Apprenticeship technical training for both Carpentry and Joinery and may also be granted practical credit from the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

On successful registration and sponsorship into an apprenticeship program, the ITA will request that graduates choose which apprenticeship pathway they intend to pursue.

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
    • Principles of Mathematics 11
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11
    • Workplace 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 Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) 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%.


CJFD 101 Use Safe Work Practices
CJFD 102 Documentation and Organizational Skills
CJFD 103 Select Materials
CJFD 104 Tools and Equipment
CJFD 105 Survey Instruments and Equipment
CJFD 106 Access, Rigging and Hoisting Equipment
CJFD 107 Site Layout
CJFD 108 Concrete Formwork
CJFD 109 Wood Frame Construction
CJFD 110 Building Science
CJFD 111 Assemble Products
CJFD 112 Apply a Finish
CJFD 113 Final Exam

Project Fees: $750 approximately. Students will be expected to pay a material fee for their class project. This fee is approximately $200 to $600.

Graduation Requirement

An overall average of 70% calculated on a weighted percentage, based on time allocation.

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

  • Kelowna (Jan, Sep)




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $4,676.22

  • 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


This program is student loan eligible.

Click here to view the Training Schedule for up-to-date intake dates.

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/07/2022