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Heritage Retrofit Carpentry

When you see a beautiful, old heritage building, you immediately lose yourself in the details—the curve of an archway, the width of the floorboards, the gracefulness of a mantel—and start wondering what stories those walls could tell.

As a heritage retrofit carpenter, you’ll help preserve these buildings and keep their stories going by upgrading and restoring them to modern energy efficiency and structural standards without compromising their character, esthetic, or charm.

In this one-year program you’ll learn the original construction techniques that were used centuries ago, and get plenty of hands-on experience replicating those results by combining the best of the traditional skills with the latest technology. Upon graduation you’ll be ready to start your apprenticeship and will be well on your way to your Red Seal certification (see more below).

There is a growing awareness today of green issues, and the importance of heritage properties. Many developers and communities are seeking to re-use these older structures—and as a result, demand for our graduates is high.

If you’re looking for a career that satisfies your artistic soul, gives you sense of accomplishment every day, and keeps our history alive, this program is for you. Talk to us today about how to get started.

This is a US Federal Aid Approved program.

If you are interested in submitting a project for consideration please follow this link.

Heritage retrofit Carpentry bursary opportunity:
This bursary is available exclusively for fulltime HRC students. Each year $1000.00 will be awarded to students based on merit. There will be a total of three bursaries, $500, $250, $250.

Find more information here.

Program Facts

Start Date: September
Length: 1 year
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential Issued: Certificate, Heritage Retrofit Carpentry
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Building contractors
  • Custom woodworking shops
  • Self-employment
  • Building supply yards

Red Seal Information

redsealThe most successful path to a Red Seal as a carpenter begins at Holland College. This program enables you to earn 30 hours of apprenticeship time for each week of training, which puts you well on your way to Red Seal certification. Upon graduation, once you are working with a suitable employer, you will register as an apprentice to complete your journey to challenge the Interprovincial Exam. When you register, Apprenticeship PEI will give you credit for the hours earned while you were at Holland College.

Note: Although this program covers content from all four apprenticeship blocks, there is not enough time to prepare students to write any of the block exams. Please check with your provincial apprenticeship board once you are employed to find out how to challenge block exams.

The Interprovincial Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification. The Red Seal is recognized as the Interprovincial standard of excellence for your chosen trade and is the designation most employers will ask for.


The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 7271.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.

If you have any questions concerning the Heritage Retrofit Carpentry program, contact:

140 Weymouth Street  •  Charlottetown, PE  •  Canada  •  C1A 4Z1  •  info@hollandcollege.com  •  1-800-446-5265