Heritage Carpentry

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

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

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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    Why Take It"It allows you to imagine and create beautiful wooden structures."
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    Cool Activity"We built a beautiful Dr. Seuss style house with curved roof and wall lines."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards Journeyperson Certification in the carpenter trade. Graduates of this program are eligible for transfer credit upon registration in the Provincial Apprenticeship Program.
  • Lunenburg Campus – Your first year of study takes place at the Lunenburg Campus in Bridgewater. For your second year, your study takes place at our unique Heritage Carpentry workshop, located in the town of Lunenburg.
  • 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.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

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.
  • Red Seal – Carpenter is a designated trade that qualifies for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Registered Apprentices can apply for the NSCC Journeyperson Diploma. This diploma recognizes your apprentice training and the completion of NSCC's employability skills and portfolio requirements.
  • 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
HCAR 1501   Introduction to Boatbuilding
HCAR 1502   Introduction to Marine and Construction Joinery
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
Introduction to Confined Space
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Introduction to Respiratory Protection
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
Workplace Mentoring I

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