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1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam, BC, V3J 0M6| Phone: 604-939-9201| Contact Us
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime


Occupation Description: 
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. ‚ÄčCarpenters 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.

Application Process/Steps

  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break‚Äč
    • look over all the information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment, ‚Äč‚Äč ‚Äčreading, math, training
      , etc‚Äč
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • ‚Äčstill have questions? ‚Äčbook an appointment to talk to the district
         coordinator, Doug MacLean, to learn more: Booking App‚Äč
    • student competes the SD43 application (top link in the right column)
    • submits to your high school counselor (usually in gr 11 for the gr 12 school year)‚Äč 
  • ‚Äč(post) Spring Break - late April
    • personal interview/conversation with district coordinator 
  • mid-May into June
    • students are conditionally accepted (or not) into programs (notified by email) 
    • applicable enrolment at the training site is made (by district coordinator)
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly‚Äč‚Äč for following school year
‚ÄčStudents: feel free to contact Doug via email (‚Äč or text/call (604-341-8977) at anytime during the application process.

‚ÄčTime Commitment‚Äč‚Äč
  • 1 intake: all of semester 2 (early February to late June)
  • 5 days a week
  • 7.30am to 2.00pm‚Äč

Student Eligibility

  • limited to 16 students
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • the Ministry of Education has allowed students to take this program after graduating, but they m‚Äčust:
    • understand that first priority is given to a student applying for it in his/her grade 12 year‚Äč
    • talk to their counselor well in advance (early January of gr 12 - course selection time)
    • talk to the district coordinator well in advance (early January of gr 12‚Äč)
    • complete a 'transition plan' (see district coordinator)
    • have a plan of action‚Äč between June (grad) and Feb (start of sem 2)
      • ex: take Drafting 11, do WRK in Trades, upgrade math skills,...‚Äč

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $450 for course materials, textbook, tools, etc. (as of November 2020, we had to increase slightly ($25) due to the increasing price of wood)‚Äč

Location‚Äč‚Äč & Transportation‚Äč

  • for 2023 intake:
    Terr‚Äčy Fox Secondary (15 weeks) and BCIT "Burnaby Campus" (6 weeks):
    • Terry Fox = Ja‚Äčn 31 - Feb 3
    • BCIT = Feb 6 - 10
    • Terry Fox = Feb 13 - Mar 10‚Äč
    • Spring Break = Mar 11 - 26
    • ‚ÄčTerry Fox = Mar 27 - 31
    • BCIT = Apr 3 - May 5
    • Terry Fox = May 8 - June 2‚Äč9
  • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian
    • While attending BCIT, transit is the best transportation option
      (SkyTrain to Brentwood station, then transfer to bus for last stretch)


  • Woodworking 11 (and ideally Woodworking 12)‚Äč
  • good literacy a‚Äčnd numeracy skills
  • good attendance + lates record while in high school

Skills + Attributes

  • ‚Äčkeen eye for style + design
  • attention to detail‚Äč
  • ability to lift construction materials
  • ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time‚Äč



School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828