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École Riverside Secondary School
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Carpentry & Joinery

 Grade 10:


This is an introductory woodworking course in which students will use tools, machines and processes to solve challenges related to wood joinery and project development. They will create projects such as tableware, elegant cases, lamps and furniture. The final goal is for the student to independently design a project, plan the construction of the project, and make the product idea become a reality.

 Apprenticeship Program:


This is the ideal program for the grade 12 student wishing to pursue a career as a cabinetmaker/joiner, as it provides entry into the apprenticeship program leading to Red Seal certification. This program combines 3 joinery courses with a work experience component at the high school level. The students are required to write the 1st year apprenticeship final at the end of the course, a 70% mark is required. This will complete the first year theory portion of the apprenticeship, the student will still be required to complete the practical work component through future employment.  Application required. For more information contact

Frank Gigliotti at currently offered at Charles Best

Wood working 11 is the prerequisite, all grade 12 woodworking classes are taken during the grade 12 as part of the program.

 Grade 11:


This course teaches you professional methods of designing and making cabinets, furniture and other wood items. You will have opportunities to build something of your own design in the last half of the course. The skills you acquire in the first half of the course, such as machine operations and problem-solving strategies, will enable you to solve challenges related to wood joinery and project design. You are encouraged to develop expertise in areas of your own interest and to aspire to greater levels of creativity. Materials required for personal work are purchased by students.

 Grade 12


This course is an advanced cabinetry design course that also includes a few elements of furniture construction. Students will have opportunities to work both individually and as a member of a team. Previous knowledge of design, problem-solving, and wood joinery will assist planning of systematic methods of production. The emphasis will be cabinet construction techniques and installation. Team members will devise ways of increasing production efficiency by making several identical projects at once. Where applicable, students working on personal projects will be required to purchase materials. Prerequisite - Wood 11 or Industrial design 11



This course deals with methods and processes related to furniture design and manufacturing and further develops previously acquired woodworking and machining skills. This course also improves teamwork, planning, problem solving, and manufacturing skills with projects involving public service. Students will have the opportunity to construct furniture of their own design and will be encouraged to “specialize” in a variety of joinery and construction methods. Where applicable, students purchase materials for personal work. Prerequisite - Wood 11 or Industrial design 11



This course involves students in construction methods related to building houses from the foundation to the roof. Stair construction, and finishing methods. The course further develops woodworking and machining skill, and improves teamwork, planning, problem solving, and manufacturing skills. Time permitting; students also have opportunities to construct cabinets or other appropriate wood items of their own design. Where applicable, students purchase materials for personal work. Prerequisite - Wood 11 or Industrial design 11

École Riverside Secondary School

2215 Reeve Street, Port Coquitlam BC
V3C 6K8
604-941-6053 604-937-8058
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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