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Carpentry and Renovation Techniques (CARC)
Carpentry and Renovation Technician (CARD)

Available as a one or two-year program

There are career-building opportunities in this skilled trade for people who enjoy working with their hands and take pride in a job well done. Loyalist students practise green and sustainable building methods as they work through a major carpentry or renovation project.
  • Program Code

    CARC/CARD

  • Credential
    • One-year Ontario College Certificate (Techniques)

    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma (Technician)

  • Start Date

    September entry

Note: This name of this program recently changed

Carpentry and Renovation Techniques (CARC) - formerly Construction Renovation Techniques (CNTP)
Carpentry and Renovation Technician (CARD) - formerly Construction Renovation Technician (CNTD)


Find your career

Prepare for opportunities in new construction and renovations for both residential and commercial building:

  • Specialize as a contractor, new homebuilder, renovator, general carpenter, home inspector, building inspector, energy efficiency and green/sustainable builder, fine finish carpenter, project coordinator, manager or estimator.
  • Employers include general contractors, subcontractors, new homebuilders, woodworking shops, renovation and restoration contractors, government and municipal departments. There are also opportunities with product manufacturers and with retail outlets for building materials, such as hardware stores, lumberyards and building centres.
  • Training in entrepreneurship and estimating can help you work towards running your own business as an independent contractor.
  • Loyalist grads are eligible to pursue professional certification through the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).
  • Loyalist grads are able to apply to challenge the Red Seal Carpentry Level 1. 

Our grads get great jobs

  • Construction Framer, Classic Construction
  • Granite Fabricator Installer, Take Mike for Granite
  • Carpenter, Nick Hoornweg Contracting
  • Chief Estimator, Ontario Flooring
  • Landscaper, Scott Wentworth Landscaping Group

Is it for you?

People who enjoy careers in construction renovation:

  • Like to see a project through from early stages to finishing touches
  • Take pride in their work
  • May be drawn to opportunities for self-employment
  • Enjoy working outdoors, indoors or both

Experiential learning

Learning emphasizes practical hands-on work during a major carpentry, new construction or renovation building project:

  • Practise your skills in carpentry and construction including, rough carpentry/framing, finish carpentry, base footings, insulation, vapour and air barriers, drywalling, window and door installation, interior and exterior finishes, fine finishing techniques, and roofing.
  • Study building codes, work from blueprints, produce basic sketches, develop building details and create computer-assisted drawings using AutoCAD and SketchUp.
  • Receive hands-on instruction in environmentally sound construction techniques, proper tool usage and jobsite safety.
  • Second-year students develop advanced techniques in sustainable and alternative building, sustainable construction, green build and healthy homes, i.e., low VOC (volatile organic compounds), electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems.  
  • Obtain industry-required certificates such as Working at Heights and First Aid.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Teachers share their experience based on 15 years in residential and small commercial design, working in architectural and construction firms, and running their own business.
  • Learn green building techniques under the guidance of certified Energy Star builders.
  • Faculty include registered Tarion builders and general contractors who use a wide network of industry contacts to connect students with jobs.

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