Residential Construction

This partnership between Kwantlen polytechnic University (KPU) and School District No. 42 provides a unique opportunity for 
secondary school students* to complete Grade 12 graduation requirements while earning post-secondary credits and certification in Carpentry tuition free! Additionally, students will acquire skills to enter the job market or pursue other post-secondary 
education. *Adult students who have not graduated and graduated students (under 19 as of July 1) may be eligible for to take 
this program tuition free as well!

The Program

The purpose of the Carpentry program is to provide students with skills and knowledge in the subject area of building construction. The scope and depth of this program is appropriate for students entering this industry on a permanent basis. Hands-on shop experience is the basis on which skills are developed in the program. This program is developed around the individual needs of students. This program is offered Monday through Friday for the full school year (10 months). Students will have to travel to the Cloverdale Kwantlen campus for 4 weeks to complete the program

Program costs:
All Students are responsible for the purchase of books and supplies 
$700 is a general estimated cost, which is subject to change.
Application fee: $75.00 
Tuition: $0.00

Students will be required to supply their own CSA approved steel-toed safety shoes or boot,  CSA approved hard hat, safety 
glasses, 1" by 25' measuring tape with both imperial and metric measuring units

The minimum grade for individual courses is 64 percent. An overall GPA of 70 percent or better is required. All courses must be passed in order to successfully complete the program.  Students who successfully complete this program will have 7 complete courses for 28 credits on the secondary school graduation transcript. They will also receive the KPU certificate/citation

Program Content 
The standard program consists of the following course content:
 • air nailers and staplers
 • asphalt shingles • concrete forms 
 • safe work practices 
 • roof framing 
 • basic power tools 
 • floor framing 
 • stair calculating and building 
 • concrete quantity calculating 
 • blueprint reading and basic estimating 
 • powder actuated tools, Hilti and Ramset 
 • door and window installation 
 • basic hand tools 
 • cedar shakes, wood and vinyl siding 
 • introduction to concrete 
 • work experience (100 hours) 
 • wall framing

 A Math 11 
 English11 or Communications 11 
 Science 11 
 SS 11 
 A Grad Transition plan in place 
 Courses in Tech Ed. are highly recommended 
In addition, students must be in good physical condition, demonstrate a high degree of commitment.

Recommended characteristics 
• Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written English 
• Physical and mental abilities required to perform the daily tasks associated with working in construction 
• Regular lifting and transportation of heavy objects 
• Working outdoors in all weather
 • Ability to multi-task 
• Motor skills and physical capability needed to efficiently and safely user trade related tools and equipment

Selection priority will be: 
• School District No. 42 High School students who meet qualifications 
• Out-of-district High School students.
 • Adult grads and Adult non-grads.

Application Process:
A student’s application must include the following:
• SD42 Application Package - Click Here
• Kwantlen Application  - Click Here.  
• Photocopy of Birth Certificate if you are new to the school district 

For More Information about this trade please see the ITA website - Click Here