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.

Integrated Carpentry Tutorials Intro

We cover the 7 Modules required by the CCDA Inter Provincial Red Seal Exam:


  1. Common Occupational Skills
  2. Planning and Layout
  3. Concrete
  4. Framing
  5. Exterior Finish
  6. Interior Finish
  7. Renovations

The course costs $1,200.00 and consists of a minimum of 8 hours of instruction per module. * Any student who feels they need extra or remedial instruction can work one-on-one with me during the week. And, any student who has paid and attended a module can come back and re-sit that module as an added refresher, should some time elapse before they write the exam!

There are 4 options available: Weekend courses,
3 Day Courses, Weekday Courses and Camp Courses.

Weekend Course:
3 Consecutive Weekends:
Saturday: 8- 4:30 PM,
Sunday 8-4:30 PM
Three Day Course:
Friday: 8- 4:30 PM,
Saturday: 8- 4:30 PM,
Sunday 8-4:30 PM
Weekday Course: Monday~Saturday: 8:00~4:30
Camp Course: via ZOOM / FaceTime

All resource & reference material will be provided. Candidates will be required to provide their own rafter framing square, (with the Rafter Tables stamped into the blade), a tape measure, and a non-programmable/non-trade specific calculator like the Sharp EL 520 WBB or the Sharp EL 520 X.

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.

This course is not a “magic bullet”. Due to recent changes to the content and complexity of the exam by the ITA; it is now a University Level exam. You will need to be focused, committed and motivated to move through the course and successfully challenge the exam. If you can do that, we can do the rest!

April 2020 Update

Hello Challengers~May You Live In Interesting Times~! After consulting with ITA; I have postponed my April 11th/12th Start Date until May 2nd/3rd. By then I expect that ITA will have “Safe Exam Protocols” in place and will begin to re-schedule the Inter Provincial Red...

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Testimonial: James MacDonald (ZOOM)

Richard’s course was a great help to me in passing the interprovincial carpentry exam. I took the three weekend course, before starting I thought, this sucks I’m going to be wasting 3 weekends. But I was wrong the classes were very engaging and frankly entertaining.

Richard’s method of teaching you how to use the code book, not to memorize it, worked perfectly for the exam, I have also been able to use it in real world applications. His strategy for writing the exam left me with more than enough time to complete and review my answers within the 4 hour exam period.

I would not have been able to pass without his help. He is a great teacher and an incredibly knowledgeable carpenter. I would recommend his class to anybody who wants to get their red seal.

Thanks Richard!!

James MacDonald
Halifax, NS

Testimonial: Simon Stockklauser

Hello to all Carpenters out there. I grew up in the construction world in a family business, but with no Certification. Me, my brother-in-law Mark and my brother all decided to challenge the Red Seal Carpentry exam, and got in touch with Richard Dickenson. This proved to be a tremendous blessing because Richard tutored us along and provided all the right study materials, along with the key on how to use them.

We took the full one week Cours at his Studio in Courtenay and we all thoroughly enjoyed his teaching style. Unfortunately, due to Covid, we had an 8 month waiting period after we finished the course, to write the exam. Richard gave us a “tune-up” before we wrote and we all passed with good marks. I attribute this largely to the tutorials with Richard Dickenson.

Thank You Richard~!!

Simon Stockklauser,
Burns Lake, BC

Testimonial: William Daly (ZOOM)

Richard Dickenson has gone above and beyond to help me pass my Red Seal Carpentry exam. The preparation, layout, and strategy makes the course easy to navigate. Richard teaches the course in such a way that is easy to follow and understand. He cares about his students and will give them 200%. He’s gone as far as giving up his days off in order to ensure that I succeed.

His Zoom classes allow me to complete the course in the comfort of my own home. He’s provided me invaluable tips and tricks to prepare for my exam which has helped reduce/eliminate my anxiety and made me confident in the materials I’ve studied. His strategy for this exam promotes a successful outcome for my Red Seal exam. I’ve not only succeeded in the exam and have gained a meaningful friendship along the way.

Thanks again Richard

William Daly.
Vancouver, BC

Testimonial: Logan Ronhovde

To Whom It May Concern:

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 joined the course to challenge the Carpentry IP Red Seal exam.

Though I had years of carpentry exposure, both residential construction in early life and heavy civil construction as an engineering professional in underground tunnelling, I wanted to expand my formal qualifications in carpentry to facilitate my role in the Habitat for Humanity homeownership model addressing the rapidly growing gap in affordable housing.

Richard worked to guide me through the nuances of the Industry Training Authority (ITA) process, document my qualifying years of experience, and prepare for the exam. His depth of knowledge of the process and the trade were evident, as was his commitment to working professionals and the craft of carpentry.

From my perspective, the Integrated Carpentry Tutorials Red Seal Course is a comprehensive preparatory approach, encompassing in-depth technical applications, thorough familiarity with the building code framework, and strategic exam skills for tradespersons unaccustomed to formal academic testing. This intensive process affirms hands-on experience, provides invaluable technical understanding of building science principles, and engenders powerful camaraderie that collectively bolster participants’ knowledge and confidence for success in the exam and into their continued industry endeavors. I know of no other course like it in Canada, and appreciate the opportunity to sharpen my skills and certify my competencies through this unique program.


Logan Ronhovde, Project Manager
Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North

Testimonial: Thomas Powell

Without Richard’s support I would not have been successful win achieving my Red Seal in Carpentry. Richard’s knowledge of the subject is incredible, therefore no superfluous content was taught, only what was needed. Which was a LOT. In addition Richard’s style of teaching was incredibly pragmatic, for example I was struggling in ways that were different from the other students, therefore he adapted his teaching style to accommodate this.

Richard genuinely wants every single one of his students to pass, to the point where he would revise troublesome subject matter with each and every one of us, using his own time if that is what he thought was needed.

I have a lot to thank Richard for, for without his time and commitment, I may not have the prospects I have today.

Thomas Powell,
Vancouver, BC

Testimonial: Tyler MacLachlan (ZOOM)

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 were high after failing on my first attempt but the way you stuck with me and provided the opportunity to continue to sit in on classes via ZOOM really built my confidence back up. It is evident that you love what you do and are dedicated to the success of your students.

I am now a Certified Red Seal and a more competent carpenter. I wouldn’t be here without you and can’t thank you enough. I’ll be sure to send friends, family, coworkers, and anybody interested in getting there certification your way.


Tyler MacLachlan
Nanaimo, BC

Testimonial: Sheldon MacKay (ZOOM)

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 I came away from each one feeling more confident and having better direction.

No problem following Richard’s instruction. It was great to be able to participate in a classroom environment from my own home. A great experience all around!

Thanks very much, Richard.

Sheldon MacKay
Kitchener, Ontario

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 experience with teaching this course over the years he knew where to direct my focus and to continually steer me in the right direction. He had the horsepower to overcome some of my preconceived ideas and ensure I had the right frame of mind for the exam.

This exam is not something you can do on your own without preparation, even if you consider yourself a genius. I know without his help I would have not passed the exam and I owe this qualification in large part to Richard Dickenson.

Stefan Schmaling
Assistant Superintendent
Axiom Builders

Testimonial: Ryan McLaren (ZOOM)

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.

Richard was very accommodating to my schedule, as I was back to work and had only one more week till my rewrite. After our first Skype session, it was very apparent that this was the right decision. Not only was Richards knowledge in the trade itself very valuable, but the speed and efficiency we covered the material in was amazing. After just two Skype sessions we had covered all the areas I had struggled in and gained a better understanding on how to read and write the test more effectively.

I can confidently say Richard’s course provided me with new skills to pass my rewrite. I would highly recommend his course to anyone preparing for the Red Seal Exam.

Ryan McLaren
Whitehorse, YT

Testimonial: Matt Muir (ZOOM)

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 to see you succeed and he will make sure you do!

I was lost before I took this course and Richard truly explained every detail! He’s wonderfully refreshing and frank! If you’re going to take a carpentry course look no further!

Thank you, Richard, couldn’t have done it without you.

Matt Muir
Squamish, BC