We have developed a six module course specifically designed to give working carpenters with enough hours in the trade, the info and skills they need to pass the IP Red Seal Exam. This course will allow you to develop your own personal strategy to pass the test.

Integrated Carpentry Tutorials

What we have done, is develop a program that will focus only on the most important things you will need to know to pass the test.

We also have a series of tips and techniques for managing your study time; what material to focus on; stress management before and during the test; and a strategy to manage your time on the test.

You will learn how to find the key words in the questions and disregard the information you don’t need, to answer the question correctly.

We also realize that most guys don’t have any idea about how to even apply to the ITA to start the process of challenging the exam.

So, we have a link to download the ITA Application Form and the ITA Instructions, and we will work with you to guide you through the process.

In order to minimize the time between taking this course and writing the test, we strongly advise candidates to work with us to get your application in to the ITA before you begin to brush up on your skills.

Course Content

We have 3 former Community College Carpentry Instructors (and current working carpenters…) that have put together a comprehensive refresher program to help working Carpenters and Apprentices gain the skills they need to challenge the I.T.A. Exam and get their Red Seal Certification.

We cover the 6 Modules required by the ITA IP Exam:

  1. Common Occupational Skills
  2. Planning & Layout
  3. Concrete
  4. Framing
  5. Exterior Finish
  6. Interior Finish
  7. Renovations
We Are Visual Not Verbal Animals

And carpenters are no different than the rest of the population when it comes to writing tests.  Most of us choke under that kind of pressure.

Well, we can take care of that too, and show you how to:

  1. Relax, because after this course, you are going to have developed a more comprehensive grasp of the material, and a more competent problem-solving skill set
  2. Focus; learn how to begin to see the answer which is invariably framed with the question itself.
  3. Concentrate; We are all working carpenters, and we speak your language. We will put the solution to even the most intricate problems into a context that everybody can understand with no mumbo jumbo.
  4. Perform; Never mind how they tried to jam the Math down your throat in High School! We will present the math skills you need in a way that you can understand and you can put them to use on the job the very next day.
Peer Mentoring

We also strongly recommend that where possible, you take the course with a friend.  Not only with this help you to stay motivated to challenge the exam, there is a real bonus studying material with a partner.  The peer-mentoring aspect that invariably happens when you study with a friend leads to a quicker grasp of the material for both candidates.

The benefits of having your Red Seal Certification

  • More money per hour, an immediate bump of about 15%.
  • Federal Income Tax Grant of $2,000.00 (*view more info)
  • Union members may be eligible for reimbursement from their local.
  • The Construction Industry is responding to market forces, and there is increasing pressure within the industry to be Certified in order to remain competitive; No Ticket=No Job.
  • New HPO and CMHA rules for new home Construction Warranties,
  • A Red Seal is now a requirement for new home builders.
  • The increased demand for commercial carpenters in BC & Yukon, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, given the rise in resource-based construction projects ( LNG and Hydro Electric Dam mega-projects)
  • The absolute need to have your Red Seal ticket if you want to move into Supervisory or Management positions; Foreman, Superintendent, or Project Manager)
  • And Last But Not Least: the feeling of satisfaction you get from just having overcome this hurdle and being recognized as a true craftsman after some painful years learning our trade.

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Testimonial: Tyler MacLachlan

Hey Richard, I would just like to say I am thoroughly impressed with the structure of Integrated Carpentry Tutorials. It was a comfortable, fun and efficient way to attain the knowledge to properly prepare for the IP Red Seal Exam. I will say the nerves and anxiety...

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Testimonial: Sheldon MacKay

The Integrated Carpentry Tutorials program was a huge help preparing to challenge the Inter-provincial Red Seal exam. I was supplied with great study and reference material and solid direction to get a study routine started. The online sessions were easy to access and...

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Testimonial: Stefan Schmaling

I am very grateful for Richard Dickenson and his Integrated Carpentry Tutorials which helped me successfully pass the Red Seal Carpentry Exam. He was able to channel my anxiety and eagerness to pass into a logical strategy which I could follow. Because of his...

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Testimonial: Ryan McLaren

After failing my first attempt at the Red Seal Carpentry Exam by just a few points, I was back at studying but unsure where to start. The Carpentry Program Coordinator suggested I give Richard Dickenson a call and see if he could help me with my rewrite preparation....

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Testimonial: Matt Muir

Here I go - Richard’s course is incredible, his unique and out of the box teaching style is incredibly refreshing. He truly makes you engage with the content! He’s you’re favourite teacher back in high school. No nonsense and straight to the point. He genuinely wants...

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Testimonial: Derek Kyles (Scots)

As ye ken imagine coming fae Scotland trying tae sit the Red Real wisnae gonna be easy. Then I had a gab with this big Canadian named Richard aboot how I was gonna dae it. Whit can I say about this man, well I can tell ye if ye put in 100% he’ll put in 110%. Using...

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Testimonial: Derek Kyles (English)

I can honestly say without Richard there is no way I would have passed the Red Seal exam. Coming from Scotland I struggled to grasp the contents and terminology of the exam. Then I saw this Red Seal Refresher course online and signed up. This was the best decision...

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Testimonial: Curtis Cooke

Heard about this course from my friend Tim who took it. Figured why not . I honestly believe I wouldn’t have passed without Richard’s course. He’s upfront, no BS and was there whenever I had a question. I took the course twice, once in person and once over ZOOM. If...

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Testimonial: Clayton Brown

I was fortunate enough to enrol in the refresher course to challenge my RedSeal with Richard Dickenson. The ZOOM classes are great, and I passed first attempt. If you’re serious about your career and want to get it right the first time, go to this course! - Clayton...

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Testimonial: Bobby Ridley

So just wanted to start with saying taking this course was the best decision I could have made to challenge and pass my Red Seal exam. Richard made things very simple through learning how to master the code book, understand the exam's criteria as well as had no...

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Testimonial: Logan Ronhovde

During the Fall of 2019, Richard Dickenson of Integrated Carpentry Tutorials invited participation in his course from the local Habitat for Humanity Affiliate. Having recently assumed the role of Project Manager for our rapidly growing affordable housing portfolio, I...

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Testimonial: Tanner Holtman (ZOOM)

I recently took Richard’s Red Seal Prep course online and I’m very thankful I did. I had the site experience but knew that I would fall short if I walked into the Exam blind. He was able to go through what would be covered on the Exam, simplify it, then work through...

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Testimonial: Benjamin (Jayme) Hoxie (ZOOM)

At 33 years old, I felt the passion to be more than a skilled labourer. I believed in the ‘TRADES’ and their potential for higher Income levels. My biggest ‘PROBLEM’ became – No Red Seal Certification. Noticing my income level was significantly less because of it,...

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Testimonial: Ryan and Jessica Haskell Victoria, BC (ZOOM)

Hi Richard, 2463-A Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay, BC V9N 8R9 We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for assisting Ryan in receiving his Red Seal. As you know Ryan had been out of school for many years and needed a brush up on exam material. He...

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Testimonial: Zackery Castellarin (ZOOM)

Richard's course has helped me accomplish a dream and goal I had for myself for a very long time. He’s a master carpenter and a very respected teacher who is passionate about the trade and helping people with their careers in the trade. His webinars make the class so...

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Testimonial: Shayd Margan (#50) Vancouver, BC (ZOOM)

After moving from New Zealand to Vancouver 3 years ago, I fell short on points when I applied for my Permanent Residency. I found that if I sat my Red Seal Exam (and Passed) my points would put me 4 Levels above where I was and make me more eligible. I sat the Exam...

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Testimonial: Mike Marinus, BC (ZOOM)

Richard was an awesome instructor. His years of experience in the trade and teaching definitely show. He was very knowledgeable and helpful in focusing my studies. I found taking the course through ZOOM to be convenient, as I was able to study and participate from the...

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Testimonial: Pat Toronchuk, Toronto, ON (ZOOM)

I struggled with the test on my first try so I reached out to Richard for help. I jumped into a couple of group lessons he had going on and quickly got caught up. He is knowledgable and able to teach what he knows effectively. After a couple of ZOOM sessions with...

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Testimonial: Rochelle Relyea, BC (ZOOM)

Richard is my “CODE Yoda”. He made the Construction Math simple and easy to understand. If you’re looking for an Instructor who will take you to the Red Seal finish line, Richard is the Real Deal. Attending via ZOOM was a breeze. Thanks again, Richard. Rochelle...

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Testimonial: Pascal LeSage, Manitoba (ZOOM)

"Richard puts on a great class to prep anyone for the IP Exam. I was planning on going there in person to take the class because I didnt think the ZOOM class would be personal enough but I was wrong. The ZOOM classes were a great way to learn from the comfort of of my...

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TESTIMONIAL: Travis Harrison (ZOOM)

I took Richard Dickenson’s Carpenter Red Seal Refresher course in May 2019, this course was a difference maker-!! He made the course available on ZOOM, which was PERFECT for the people from out of town...saving both time and money in travel. Using ZOOM did not take...

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Testimonial: Jason LeBlanc (ZOOM)

My name is Jason LeBlanc, a Carpenter from Toronto, Ontario. I have been in the carpentry trade for 14 years and like many of my peers, I started my own company and put finishing the Apprenticeship on the back burner. I finally got my act in gear and got approval by...

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After failing my first attempt at the Red Seal Carpentry Exam by just a few points, I was back at studying but unsure where to start. The Carpentry Program Coordinator suggested I give Richard Dickenson a call and see if he could help me with my rewrite preparation....

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Testimonial: Tyran Hunter (ZOOM)

My Name is Tyran Hunter, and this year I was able to finallyachieve my Red Seal Certification, Thanks to Richard Dickenson and his course! I had had trouble with my first and second attempt at the exam despite my best efforts to study, well in advance. Obviously this...

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Testimonial: Nick Karpen ~ Victoria

"I took Richard's Course to prepare for my 4th year of school as it had been several years since I had attended school and my theoretical knowledge was rusty. After taking the course I feel not only very confident about my chances in school and on the IP, but have...

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Testimonial: Laurie Clark, Yukon (ZOOM)

"I was very impressed with Richard's course. It's obvious that he is committed and has a passion for helping Carpenters achieve their Red Seal and advance their career. I've taken a lot of courses lately, and I can honestly say this was the most enjoyable - Richard...

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TESTIMONIAL: Will Hegsted, Yukon (ZOOM)

I recently completed my Carpentry Red Seal with the help of Richard Dickenson and Integrated Carpentry Tutorials. I was in a bit of a rush to get the test out of the way, and didn't want to wait for a scheduled course to happen in the Yukon. Richard was able to...

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Testimonial: Adam Curley, Nanaimo, BC

"This course was a great experience. Not only do you get prepared for the exam, but you also meet a lot of great people along the way. Richard does a phenomenal job teaching key fundamental aspects of Carpentry to help you achieve your goal of getting your Red Seal...

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Testimonial: Michael Glasser, BC (ZOOM)

I enjoyed Richard’s course and learned so much that helped me prepare for my carpentry red seal exam. His approach and delivery makes it easy to learn and follow along. Richard covers what you need to know to help you be successful. Richard wants you to learn the...

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Testimonial: Daniel Martin Kamloops, BC

"I was trying to find a refresher course for carpentry so I could challenge the Interprovincial for five or six years. Finally I came across Integrated Carpentry Tutorials, and I gave Richard Dickenson a call and next thing I know, I am in a class with seven or eight...

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Testimonial: Vance Gushulak

"An outstanding program, Richard uses his experience as both a seasoned foreman and carpenter as well as teaching instructor in a manner that helps translate the familiar job site practicality into the paperwork and exam work that the ITA requires. He masterfully...

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Testimonial: Eric Blair

Testimonial: Eric Blair

Yao! Got my $2K Certification Grant today! Sent you the rest of yer money! Thanks so much for allowing me to take your course! I wouldn’t be a Red Seal without it! I’m currently using my Red Seal to change careers and do something different! But I wouldn’t be able to...

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Testimonial: Darren McKenna, Manchester, UK (ZOOM)

Testimonial: Darren McKenna, Manchester, UK (ZOOM)

My First INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS Story: "A big thank you to Richard Dickenson for getting me through the Red Seal Exam-! All of the course was done via ZOOM, as I live in the UK. If it wasn’t for this course I would have been lost. Richard was always on hand to answer...

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Testimonial: Jim Lagos

Hello Richard~ I thought I would give you an update as to what I am doing. I have a l Limited Company, and I will have been in business for 25 years in June. I am registered with the HPO and I have all my certifications for a Registered Homebuilder. Since getting...

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Testimonial: Alex McClelland, Vancouver, BC

"Richard & the Integrated Carpentry Tutorials program takes a unique approach to teaching & structure, catering to the mindset of today's tradesperson. Before attending Richard's class, I had written the Interprovincial exam a few times & was missing the...

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Michael Moore, Vancouver, BC

Hi Richard-I want to thank you for the course, the best money I have spent in a long time. Looking back on how the exam went, I can see why you taught us to navigate the National Building Code the way you did. It made me very confident as the exam unfolded. It feels...

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Bill Johnstone – UBC Local 2499 Secretary / Treasurer

Richard Dickenson delivers a great product. The course material is designed to provide the students with all the information they need to succeed at the exam. That being said, it's how he structures and delivers the material that is the key to the success of the...

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Colin Motiuk

Hey Richard~ Thanks for staying on top of things. Im so happy to finally have my Red Seal. In fact less than a week after receiving my marks I was promoted to General Foreman. Your class definitely reinforced my knowledge and honed my skills specifically for that...

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Pablo Fuenzalida

I recently took this course and I have to admit I wouldn’t have passed if I didn’t attend. Richard teaches you how to take the ip test on a university level which is what you need to know. They didn’t tell me that in carpentry school. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone that is taking the interprovincial red seal carpentry test.

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Shea MacKenzie in Whitehorse

I cannot thank Richard Dickenson enough for his course and personal commitment to the success of his students. With his help I was able to move my career and my life to a new level and achieve a long time personal goal. Richard was extremely accommodating and...

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