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.

Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Member


Testimonial: Mike Marinus, BC (SKYPE)

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 Skype to be convenient, as I was able to study and participate from...

read more

Testimonial: Rochelle Relyea, BC (SKYPE)

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 Skype was a breeze. Thanks again, Richard. Rochelle...

read more

Testimonial: Pascal LeSage, Manitoba (SKYPE)

"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 Skype class would be personal enough but I was wrong. The Skype classes were a great way to learn from the comfort of of...

read more

TESTIMONIAL: Travis Harrison (SKYPE)

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 Skype, which was PERFECT for the people from out of town...saving both time and money in travel. Using Skype did not take...

read more

Testimonial: Jason LeBlanc (SKYPE)

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...

read more


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....

read more

Testimonial: Tyran Hunter (SKYPE)

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...

read more

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...

read more

Testimonial: Laurie Clark, Yukon (SKYPE)

"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...

read more

TESTIMONIAL: Will Hegsted, Yukon (SKYPE)

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...

read more

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...

read more

Testimonial: Michael Glasser, BC (SKYPE)

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more
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...

read more
Testimonial: Darren McKenna, Manchester, UK (SKYPE)

Testimonial: Darren McKenna, Manchester, UK (SKYPE)

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 Skype, 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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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.

read more

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...

read more

Noah Overbye

To carpenters who want to better their career, I would like to highly recommend Mr. Dickenson as an excellent choice for anyone considering challenging their Interprovincial Red Seal Exam. Mr. Dickenson’s extensive carpentry knowledge, coupled with an ability to adapt...

read more

Atlin Tlingit Economic LP

“I really liked the very detailed step by step instructions given and the extra tips given by the Richard in the carpentry course. Richard was always willing to help students learn something even if it wasn't part of the course outline. His pleasant discourse enabled...

read more

Dan Modine

After years of working as a non ticketed carpenter I decided to apply with the I.T.A to challenge the Red Seal exam. I contacted Integrated Carpentry Tutorials to help prepare me for the exam. Richard was very helpful, and was able to work with me through both of our...

read more

David Madden

Richard Dickenson of Integrated Carpentry Tutorials provided an excellent personalized learning package to suite my needs. With the experience of building custom timber frame homes for over ten years, I had lots of practical carpentry experience. Richards learning...

read more

Larry Kiesling

Dear Richard, Thank you so much for your help and expertise in jump starting our shop program here at Ghύch Tlậ Community School. Your service was invaluable to the students who participated. The safety training was well paced and the picnic tables that the students...

read more

Matt Myres

Richard Dickenson’s course does a great job of preparing carpenters to challenge the Red Seal. I had worked as a carpenter for 20 years, but had never gone to school for it, and the course focused on the specific knowledge that I would need to pass the exam. The...

read more

Al Faulds

Dear Richard. You changed my life. Al Faulds Whitehorse, YT tyeefaulds@gmail.com

read more

Iain MacKenzie

Dear Richard, Thanks again for all your hard work and imparting so many life lessons! I couldn’t have done this without you. You really have something truly great going on. Call me when you get back to Whitehorse! Iain MacKenzie Whitehorse, YT...

read more

Robert M. Scarfe

The down-to-earth reality of the Integrated Carpentry Tutorials course made all the difference for me in the preparation for the ITA Red Seal Carpenter’s exam. Richard Dickenson’s methods of reviewing and teaching all the relative math, formulas and necessary theory...

read more

Robert M. Scarfe

"I attribute my success in challenging the Inter-Provincial Red Seal exam to the methods and practical wisdom taught by Integrated Carpentry Tutorials and highly recommend this course anyone who wishes to challenge the I.P. exam."  

read more
Testimonial: Todd Wickenheiser – Suddwick Homes

Testimonial: Todd Wickenheiser – Suddwick Homes

In 2011, Suddwick Homes International Ltd was commissioned to build a significant resort home on an exclusive private ocean front property located just north on Campbell River. As this was considered a remote project for Suddwick, with somewhat limited selection of...

read more

AJ Wilkins

"Richard is very knowledgeable, accommodating, and patient... and played a huge part in my passing grade."

read more

Harrison Walker

"I would recommend Richard's courses to all carpenters wanting to challenge their ITA Red Seal Exam."

read more