BCIT builds up mass timber with new certificate program and residence

By Warren Frey
The Journal of Commerce
August 17, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is doubling down on building up mass timber training. BCIT held an Applied Mass Timber Build Open House to highlight student work using mass timber materials and introduce its new Construction of Mass Timber Structures associate certificate program. BCIT School of Construction and the Environment dean Wayne Hand said the new program grew from extensive industry consultation and a previous mass-timber “micro-certificate” pilot program. …“The second component we identified was the shortage of tradespeople… who have experience or knowledge in terms of how to actually assemble mass timber buildings,” Hand said. “We put together this associate certificate in the construction of mass timber structures and it was targeted around hiring and training a combination of an ironworker and a carpenter.” The skill sets are similar to those needed for mass timber work but require some additional training.

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