BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Carpentry Level 2

Program Delivery Location: Merritt
Credential: Certificate
Format: Full-Time

Carpentry Level 2


Carpenters build and repair a vast array of structures made of wood, wood substitutes and other materials. Many work for construction companies, contractors, and maintenance departments, while others are self-employed. Carpenter is a nationally designated trade under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. Carpenters assemble and erect forms for concrete, wood and metal frame construction and use plans and instruments to prepare for excavating and shoring. On smaller projects, they direct concrete placement and install exterior and interior finish materials such as siding, doors, windows, and cabinets.

Carpenter Level 2 is designed to support apprentices registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to continue their apprenticeship pathway in preparation for writing their Interprovincial Red Seal Exam.


The program was prepared with the advice and assistance of the ITA and its associates. The industry has identified general competency areas and associated learning tasks.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • apply safe work practices in the shop and on work sites;

  • use construction drawings and specifications;

  • interpret building codes and bylaws;

  • use portable power tools, stationary power tools and oxy-fuel equipment properly and safely;

  • use site layout equipment;

  • layout building sites, prepare building sites and apply evacuation and shoring practices;

  • use concrete types, materials, additives and treatments, and place and finish concrete;

  • select concrete forming systems, build a vertical and footing framework and, install specialized formwork, build concrete stair forms;

  • build slab-on-grade and suspended slab forms;

  • select framing materials;

  • build wall systems, stair systems and roof systems;

  • describe roofing materials and install doors and hardware, windows and hardware and exterior finishes; and

  • control the forces acting on a building, heat and sound transmission, and air and moisture movement in buildings.

Activities and Design

This program provides students with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to continue their apprentice carpenter pathway. The program builds on the apprentice’s knowledge and skills in the construction industry, including tools and equipment, survey instruments and equipment, wood frame construction, concrete formwork, and building science. The focus is on enhancing the apprentice’s practical skills for the construction workplace.

Upon successfully completing this program, graduates will receive Level 2 technical training credit and accumulate hours of credit towards completing the ITA’s Carpenter apprenticeship program.

Program Duration

The Carpenter Level 2 program is 7-weeks (210 hours) in length.


Theoretical concepts may be evaluated by written exams, assignments, case studies, presentations, or the completion of a journal. Practical performance is assessed by instructor observations of students in work experience and field situations and is based on final evaluations. The Trades Training Grade Scale applies to NVIT Foundation and Apprenticeship programs outlined by the ITA.

Certification of Level 2 is awarded upon successful completion of 210 technical training hours and a minimum of 70% achieved in the technical training.


Students receive an NVIT Carpenter Level 2 certificate upon successfully completing the program.

Individuals who complete the Carpentry Level 2 program, with a minimum of 70% in the technical training will receive the following credit toward completion of the Carpenter apprenticeship program:

  • Technical Training: Level 2

  • Work-Based Training: Accumulative Hours

Entrance Requirements

  • Carpenter apprentice who has successfully completed Level 1 of the Carpenter Apprenticeship program (harmonized curriculum) or Carpenter Foundation program (harmonized curriculum)

  • Registered as a Carpenter Apprentice with the ITA

  • Education recommendation: Grade 10 (Grade 12 preferred); English 10 or English-language proficiency; Math 10; Science 10.


NVIT works with the Industry Training Authority, Okanagan College, and partnering communities and school districts.

Certificate Completion Plan
Program Outline

This 7-week (210 hours) program enhances the apprentice’s understanding of all aspects of the Carpentry trade, both theoretical and practical. In addition, students will improve their skills in safely operating hand tools, power tools, and other equipment used by carpenters. The program’s focus will be on further developing and applying practical skills for the residential construction workplace. 

The 210 hours that make up the program are broken down as follows:

Course Content

Documentation and Organizational Skills



This module introduces the learner to the use of construction drawings and specifications and interprets building codes and bylaws.


Tools and Equipment



This module introduces the learner to the use of portable power tools, stationary power tools and oxy-fuel equipment.


Survey Instruments and Equipment



This module introduces the learner to using site layout equipment.


Site Layout



This module introduces the learner to site layout and the layout of building locations.


Concrete Formwork



This module introduces the learner to building slab-on-grade forms and suspended slab forms and how to place and finish concrete.


Wood Frame Construction



This module introduces the learner to selecting framing materials, building wall systems, stair systems and roof systems.


Finishing Materials



This module introduces the learner to describing roofing materials, installing doors and hardware, installing windows and hardware, and installing exterior finishes.


Building Science



This module introduces the learner to control the forces acting on a building, control heat and sound transmission and control air and moisture movement in buildings.




210 hours

The instructor will outline achievement criteria for those competencies that require a practical component. The purpose is to reinforce the theory and provide a method for evaluating the learner's ability to apply the theory to practice. The instructor will ensure these performances are observable and measurable and reflect the described skills as required by a journeyperson. The conditions under which these performances will be observed and measured will be made clear to the learner through the evaluation criteria. The learners will be given the level of expectation of success.

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