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: Daniel Martin Kamloops, BC

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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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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...

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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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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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Colin Motiuk

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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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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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Atlin Tlingit Economic LP

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Iain MacKenzie

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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...

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AJ Wilkins

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