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Heritage Carpentry

Heritage Carpentry

Refine your carpentry skills in the areas of renovation, restoration and preservation of historic buildings.

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Start Date:
2 Years
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September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater Full time • In-class Waitlist

Program Overview

The demand for carpenters is rapidly growing and the need for special skills in the area of restoration and renovation is growing even faster. After learning the basic skills for carpentry, you learn the unique skills required for the more rigorous tasks used in renovations and the preservation of historic buildings – for example, how to use recycled materials and frame a roof without using pre-made trusses. Quality and craftsmanship are the cornerstones of the program.

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Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

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  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Carpenter trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • Your first year of study takes place at Lunenburg Campus in Bridgewater. In your second year, you'll also have the opportunity to apply your skills to mainly heritage projects located in communities throughout Lunenburg County.
  • Learn from faculty, who bring hands-on industry experience to the classroom.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates gain employment in many areas of the carpenter trade and have skills suited for sophisticated renovation and historic preservation project work.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Travel – Some travel is required and varies based on your specific program plan. Additional costs include meals and accommodation.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Carpenter is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CARP 1010   Construction Safety
CARP 1011   Tools I (Hand Tools)
CARP 1012   Tools II (Portable Power Tools)
CARP 1013   Foundations I (Site Layout)
CARP 1016   Foundations II (Forms and Footings)
CARP 1017   Tools III (Stationary Power Tools)
CARP 1023   Construction Mathematics and Estimating I
CARP 1100   Work Experience I
CARP 1201   Framing I
CARP 1202   Framing II
CARP 3001   Blueprint Interpretation Skills
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
HCAR 1006   History of Residential Architecture in Nova Scotia
HCAR 1009   Conservation and Restoration Methods
HCAR 1010   Timber Framing and Log Construction
HCAR 1012   Stair Construction
HCAR 1013   Window Construction
HCAR 1014   Door Construction
HCAR 1015   Interior Trim
HCAR 1016   Roofs and Roofing
HCAR 1019   Exterior Finishes and Trim
HCAR 1020   Introduction to Standards & Guidelines
HCAR 1021   Sustainability and Environmental Applications
HCAR 1022   Building Assessment
HCAR 1200   Heritage Carpentry Communications I
HCAR 1300   Heritage Carpentry Communications II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

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