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Carpentry - Renovation and Restoration

Build on your existing carpentry skills with a focus on conserving and restoring heritage properties.

A hand plane tool used for restoration carpentry sits on a wooden table with wood shavings piled near by.
Start Date:
Typical Length:
35 Weeks

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This program prepares you for a career in carpentry and/or woodworking, with a focus on renovation and restoration in contemporary- and conservation-related construction.

This program is perfect for those wanting to advance their knowledge and skills in the heritage and contemporary renovation and restorations fields. You learn about:

  • Working safely and effectively in a construction environment
  • Communicating clearly with customers and co-workers
  • Interpreting plans and construction drawings
  • Architectural styles and related skill sets
  • Preparing estimates
  • Building codes
  • Selecting materials, tools and equipment
  • Constructing, repairing, reproducing and maintaining exterior and interior  features and finishes

Work experience

  • Work placement is a mandatory credit course, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
    • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Choose NSCC

  • You benefit from our expert faculty who bring years of experience to the classroom and strong industry connections.
  • You learn the latest practices and technologies that employers require. The program is designed with the input of industry leaders to ensure you get current and relevant skills.
  • You experience practical, hands-on learning.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry.
  • To prepare for employment, you participate in safety awareness courses.

Other info

  • The trade is physically demanding and requires working in both an indoor and outdoor environment.
  • Many employers require that their employees be registered apprentices or holders of a certificate of qualification. 
  • 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.

2023-24 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2023

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Lunenburg Campus Bridgewater Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Seats available

Admission requirements

  • One-year Carpentry Certificate or equivalent, or
  • Completion of Level 1 Carpenter Apprenticeship, or
  • Completion of Construction Technician trade through the Canadian Armed Forces
    • International students – High School Diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.


Tuition amounts are for the 2022-23 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. 2023-24 tuition will be announced in the late Spring.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

Qualified carpenters are in demand in Nova Scotia. Graduates of this program will find employment in various sectors across the construction industry, including but not limited to:

  • Renovations
  • Restorations
  • Inspections of historic buildings
  • Traditional house framing
  • Supervision
  • Structures maintenance
  • Design and Architecture

Future study options

  • 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.
  • 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.

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