Holland College | Heritage Retrofit Carpentry



Heritage Retrofit Carpentry

Start Date: September
Length: 1 Year
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Certificate, Heritage Retrofit Carpentry
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Résumé 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

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2020/2021. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

International Student Fee is an additional $4,000 per year.
International Health Fee is an additional $750 per year.
International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year
Tuition $ 4,212
Student Union $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 420
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80
First Aid/WHMIS $ 100
Graduation Fee $ 100
Total $ 5,080
1stinstallment due first day of class $ 3,395
2ndinstallment due January 7 $ 1,685
Other Program Costs 1st Year
Books $ 350
Materials/Supplies $ 200
Personal Protective Equipment $ 300
Equipment/Tools/Registration Fees $ 300
Total $ 1,150

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

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

Program Overview

Developers and communities are seeking to re-use older structures, so the demand for heritage retrofit carpenters is high. In this program, you will learn the construction techniques that were used centuries ago and replicate them by combining traditional skills with the latest technology.

You will help preserve historic properties by upgrading and restoring them to structural standards and energy efficiency without compromising their character, aesthetic, or charm. Courses include timber frame carpentry, restoration and renovation, finishing, energy efficiency, and architectural history.

This program is located in the Centre for Applied Science and Technology. Take a virtual tour of the CAST building here.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.

This is a U.S. Federal Aid approved program.



In the one-year Carpentry program, you will learn how to use concepts from math, engineering and design to construct solid building structures. You will learn about blueprints, building layout, framing, roof, wall, and floor systems, interior and exterior finish, and more.

Cabinetmaking / Wood Manufacturing

By the time you graduate from this one-year program, you will be comfortable making cabinets and architectural millwork, laminating, veneering, machining, sanding, assembling and finishing. In addition to course requirements, you will also complete a personal project of your own design.


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