About The Program

How Long:

Studio Woodworking is full-time, and 9 1/2 month (38 weeks) long.
The current program hours are 8am to 3pm Monday to Thursday, and 8 am to 11:30 am on Fridays.


The next Studio Woodworking Program will start September 2016 and runs until June 2017.

Previous Experience:

People of all skill levels will benefit from this program.
Previous experience is not required.

Why take the Studio Woodworking Program?

Upon successful completion of this program you will have core skills that will enable you to seek employment in any of the many facets of the woodworking industry. You may also be inspired to one day create your own business and studio/shop.
This program can provide an opportunity for someone already employed in the trade to gain further skills in fine woodworking rather than just basic production techniques.
Whatever category you might fall into, this program will provide a fantastic launching point towards a rewarding life of creation, precision, and satisfaction.

Credits: Upon successful completion of this program you will have an ITA recognized BC Cabinetmaking Level 1 that can be applied to a BC Cabinetmaking Apprenticeship.
A graduate of the Studio Woodworking Program will also achieve a Certificate from Okanagan College.
The Studio Woodworking Program is a hands on environment. Although there is a good deal of class time and theory, you will spend the bulk of your time in the shop building a wide range of challenging projects or attending demonstrations.

You will be provided with all the necessary tools and equipment as well as your own workbench. If you have your own layout and/or hand tools we encourage you to bring them with you. Each student has a secure tool chest and locker to keep personal items and books.

This program is demanding because of the amount of material being covered, but it will be presented at a natural pace, in a natural and sequential order. There is time enough for each student to absorb the concepts, skills and feel of this wonderful trade.
If you have a passion for woodworking, this is the place for you.

Quotes from Studio Woodworking students:

"every day held new enlightenment"
"It is a credit to OC for having the vision to establish this type of non-mainstream program and give it the resources to ensure a very high quality of instruction"