Carpentry and Renovation Techniques Learn from experienced Red Seal professionals. High-demand trade. More hands-on learning gets you into the industry faster!

General information

Program code
2 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Certificate

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Barrie, Muskoka, Owen Sound

Program description

Students gain occupational skills for employment in the construction and renovation industry. Students practice lot layout, concrete formwork, framing, demolition, renovations, interior and exterior finish and sustainable construction techniques. Theory and applications of safety standards, building codes, blueprint reading, energy efficiency, and environmental practices are studied. Students learn to interpret the Ontario Building Code as it applies to renovations and new construction. Focus is on the residential sector. Basics of entrepreneurship are presented.

Career opportunities

Our graduates enjoy success as employees in residential, commercial and industrial construction, as well as the renovation field. Potential opportunities may include General Carpenter, Framer, Formwork Carpenter, Renovator, or Trim Carpenter. They may wish to discuss eligibility for apprenticeship credits into the General Carpentry apprenticeship program with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Graduates may choose to add more specialized skills such as Cabinetmaking, Building Inspection, Interior Design, or continue their education in the Architectural field.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:


Mandatory courses

  • CART 1011 - Carpentry Fundamentals (Semester 1 / 56 hours)
  • CART 1012 - Applied Carpentry Fundamentals (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • CART 1013 - Construction Practices (Semester 1 / 70 hours)
  • CART 1014 - Formwork and Framing (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • MATH 1007 - Mathematics Techniques (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • CART 1015 - Finish Carpentry Fundamentals (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • CART 1016 - Interior and Exterior Finishes (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • CART 1017 - Advanced Framing and Sustainability (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • CART 1018 - Blueprint Reading (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • CART 1019 - CAD Drafting (Semester 2 / 42 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 1)