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
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie

Program description

Students develop and enhance 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 Training, Colleges, and Universities. Graduates may choose to develop more specialized skills through additional education in Cabinetmaking, Building Inspection, Interior Design, and Architecture.

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:


Program-specific 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)
  • CART 1020 - Blueprint Reading Fundamentals
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • MATH 1036 - Math for Wood Trades
    (Semester 1 / 28 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 1019 - CAD Drafting
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • CART 1021 - Blueprint Reading Applications
    (Semester 2 / 28 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)