2022-23 Calendar

Studio Woodworking Certificate

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

The Studio Woodworking Certificate Program is a 38-week (1140 hours) full-time study of woodworking from the craftsperson's perspective. With a primary focus on furniture, the program will offer a range of woodworking skill sets that can be adapted to any of the many disciplines within the Cabinetmaker/Joiner trade. Inasmuch as this program's focus is 'Art' as well as 'Industry', the range of knowledge covered within this program will enable the successful student to acquire meaningful employment in a range of 'studio' or 'custom' environments with confidence, whether self-employed or working for others. Those successful students who wish to continue in a traditional apprenticeship will be granted level one apprenticeship technical training credit and 450 work-based hours in the Cabinetmaker/Joiner trade by the Industry Training Authority in B.C.

The range of topics taught includes a history of the trade, design basics, an understanding of the materials, safe work practices, hand and machine skills, and joinery techniques. They also include more advanced techniques such as design and creating curved parts, veneer, inlay, marquetry and banding. Basic Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machining will be explored. Wood finishing from simple hand rubbed to advanced spray booth techniques will be practiced. Students will also be introduced to portfolio and promotion concepts, including photography of product, and how to interact with clients. Students will design and build a final project from concept to promotion. A public exhibit at the conclusion of the program will spotlight the students' achievements and provide a showcase for their work.

Admission Requirements

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

A minimum of 50% in any of:

    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 10
    • Workplace Mathematics 10
    • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus Grade 10
    • Mathematics 10
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 071 and MATH 072

The Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) mathematics 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 TEA Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 50%.

Program Outline

STWW 101 Safe Work Practices
STWW 102 Organizational Skills
STWW 103 Materials
STWW 104 Hand Tools
STWW 105 Portable Power Tools
STWW 106 Woodworking Machines
STWW 107 Assemble Products
STWW 108 Apply a Finish
STWW 109 Specialty Techniques
STWW 110 Professional Presentation and Portfolio
STWW 111 Final Exam

Graduation Requirements

Completion of all courses in the program with a minimum grade of 70% in each.

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

  • Kelowna (Sep)




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $7,058.72

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 not eligible for the Senior rate.


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