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Harmonized Carpentry Foundation


Harmonized Carpentry Foundation students learn to read plans and use instruments, assemble and erect forms for concrete, wood and metal frame construction, and install interior and exterior finishing for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Learners develop carpentry skills while working on practical projects, such as constructing a foundation and frame for a house.

Program Outline 

The full-time, 24 week program is based on a major practical project such as building a foundation and house frame using standard platform or timber frame construction. Other projects may include building garden sheds, garages, small cabins and other small structures. Students must be prepared to participate in class projects in an outdoor environment.

  • HCARPF 13587  Use Safe Work Practices
  • HCARPF 13588  Use Documentation & Organization Skills
  • HCARPF 13589  Use Tools & Equipment
  • HCARPF 13590  Use Survey Instruments
  • HCARPF 13592  Perform Site Layout
  • HCARPF 13593  Build Concrete Formwork
  • HCARPF 13594  Frame Residential Housing
  • HCARPF 13596  Apply Building Science
  • HCAPRF 13598  Access Rigging and Hoisting 
  • HCARPF 13597  Final Examination - Level 01
Career Opportunities 

The work of a carpenter includes concrete formwork, wall and roof framing, and interior and exterior finishing. Carpenters have opportunities to work in residential, commercial, light industrial or heavy construction fields in the areas of new construction, renovations and maintenance. Carpenters can go on to become foremen, estimators, building inspectors, site superintendents or Instructors.

Admission Requirements 
  • Grade 12 Required OR Mature Student
  • English 10 or equivalent 
  • Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10 (AWM 10) or equivalent 


  • Successful completion of a CAT Assessment Test

Unless otherwise noted, "Permission of Instructor" may be used to accept a student into a course(s) when the student does not meet course prerequisites and/or does not attain the required threshold on entry assessments. See the Admission and Registration section on the website for details on this policy.

Learners should be aware that many employers require Grade 12 completion.

Trades learners are encouraged to enhance their employability by enrolling in Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1. OFA courses are scheduled throughout the year at NWCC.

Complete a NWCC Bursary Application [PDF]

Dates and Locations 
Location Start End
Future Intakes:
Terrace (Experience Carpentry with Harmonized Foundations & Harmonized Apprenticeship Level 2) February 2, 2019 October 18, 2019
Terrace Winter 2020*  
Prince Rupert Winter 2020*  
Terrace Winter 2021*  
Houston** Winter 2021*  

*Future planned intakes may be subject to change.  Please check back to confirm availability.

**This program is being delivered at a public school where a BC Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check is required by the local school district; you will be studying in an area with children and vulnerable adults present. The cost of this check will be covered by the college. If you require more information you can contact an Admissions Officer at 1-877-277-2288 x 5203.

Carpentry Foundation and Residential Building Maintenance Worker (RBMW) Apprenticeship - Level 1 combined program. Contact the Trades Programs Coordinator for more information.

Program Fees 
FEES Full-time (24 Weeks) International (24 Weeks)
Tuition: $1,712.16 $7,276.68
*Student Union Fees: $83.04 $83.04
Mandatory Fees: $756.00 $800.88
Health Insurance:  N/A $234.60
Total: $2,551.20 $8,395.20

Fees are effective as of August 7, 2018
*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.
**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.

Books & Supplies

Books are available at the NWCC Bookstore.  Please visit your local campus for details or view your current booklist online by selecting your desired campus.

Tool Kits are available for purchase through the NWCC Tool Crib. Kits are limited and reserved for students enrolled in specific Trades programs only. Tool kits do not include the required PPE and Supplies on the TOOLS/ SUPPLIES LIST. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please pay for tool kits at the Registration Office.

In addition to the fees outlined in the Program Fees section, the following additional costs apply:

  • Purchase of necessary learning resources (available at the NWCC Bookstore)
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Classroom Supplies
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Tools