Carpentry and Renovation Techniques Carpentry and Renovation Technician
Available as a one- or two-year program
One-year Ontario College Certificate (Techniques)
Two-year Ontario College Diploma (Technician)
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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
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.
- First Year - Semester One
- BLDG1016 Applied Building and Construction Theory
This course focuses on building basic skills involving general tool work and layout techniques. Content will be delivered through a balance of theory and practical applications. Students will develop and practise construction skills with both hand and power tools.
Co-requisite: SAFE 1002
- CNTP1000 Building Construction Techniques 1
A hands-on course that covers common types of wood, wood structures, wood joints, and hardware utilized in typical construction practices. The selection, safe use, and maintenance of hand tools, portable power tools, and stationary power tools required on a typical construction site are also covered.
Co-requisite: BLDG 1016, SAFE 1002
- BLDG1001 Building Construction, Codes and Standards 1
- This course is an introduction to the laws and regulations that govern construction within Ontario. Students examine the Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code. Emphasis is given to examining typical construction methods/standards of construction and how the code governs and shapes these practices. Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code is a major focus with particular attention to site work, footings, foundations, main floor systems and stairs. The roles and responsibilities of architectural and construction professionals are stressed and examined through the Building Code Act.
- BLDG1015 Building Methods & Materials
This course takes a look at the materials and methods used in new construction and renovation projects. An in-depth exploration of how materials are tested and perform in various typical applications is a major focus, as well as methods of installation.
Co-requisite: SAFE 1002
- MATH1026 Computations for Construction & Renovation
- This course is designed to help the student understand the application of basic mathematical concepts in the field of building technology. Emphasis is place on arithmetic, basic algebraic operations, geometry and trigonometric functions.
- CADD1010 Computer Applications /CAD 1
- The course starts with an introduction to computer applications involving Windows OS, the Microsoft Office Suite, and client based e-mail. The development of basic drafting skills using the AutoCAD software will occupy the latter part of the course.
- CNTP1005 Drafting Studio
- Through exploration and the production of drawings, students learn to read and interpret construction drawings. Students learn to accurately record information and apply scale to present information in a variety of drawing types and views. Conveyance of information is reinforced through lettering, dimensioning and drawing organization.
- SAFE1002 Health & Safety
- This course is designed to develop students’ knowledge of the health hazards and safety risks that are present on a typical job site. Learning will equip students with strategies required for personal protection and general safety. Upon completion of this course, the student will have earned certifications in key areas for employment on a typical construction project.
- First Year - Semester Two
- CNTP1002 Basic Finishing Techniques
This course covers the composition of exterior and interior walls. Included are the application and installation of exterior sheathing, insulation, air and vapour barriers, drywall, taping, priming and painting, and trim work.
Prerequisite: CNTP 1000, SAFE 1002, BLDG 1016
- CNTP1003 Building Construction Techniques 2
A continuation of the previous course, this hands-on course covers properties of wood and lumber and methods of framing residential floors, walls and roofs. Additional attention will be given to the detail framing that is entailed in stair construction.
Prerequisite: CNTP 1000, SAFE 1002, BLDG 1016
- BLDG1007 Building Construction, Codes and Standards 2
This course deals with the design and construction of exterior walls, roofs, and structure of residential wood-framed structures. Section 9 of the Ontario Building Code is specifically referenced. There is an emphasis on insulation and building membranes. Alternative residential construction techniques are also introduced.
Prerequisite: BLDG 1001
- CADD1020 CAD 2 Construction Renovation
A continuation of CADD1010 Computer Applications/CAD 1, this course adds to the use of computers utilized for construction drawings and detailing. Drafting skills are developed through the use of production-level CAD programs. Students become acquainted with drafting standards, construction drawing organization and building detailing. Through the preparation of a partial set of construction drawings, students are introduced to the techniques needed to prepare properly scaled drawings, text, and dimensions. File organization techniques will also be reinforced.
Prerequisite: CADD 1010, CNTP 1005
- COMM1053 Communication
- This course is designed to help develop formal communication skills. It is geared towards the construction industry with an emphasis on developing industry-appropriate responses. Students learn to communicate utilizing acceptable nomenclature and appropriate tone, punctuation and grammar to meet the needs of a given situation.
- CNTP1001 Residential Estimating
This course will introduce the student to basic area and volumetric calculations as required for quantity take-offs. Using typical contract specifications and drawings, students prepare estimates of quantities if materials and construction costs for residential buildings. Estimates will be prepared in both written and computer form.
Prerequisite: CNTP 1000, MATH 1026, CNTP 1005
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Three
- CNTD2004 Alternative Residential Construction Techniques 1
This hands-on course emphasizes environmental awareness and reinforces the concept of the house as a complex system. It encourages energy and material conservation through building details and material management. Students have the opportunity to study and work with less common methods and materials utilized in residential construction to further broaden their scope.
Prerequisite: CNTP 1003, CNTP 1002
- ELEC2009 Basic Electrical Wiring Techniques
This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of residential electrical wiring techniques, as well as information about the Ontario Building Code as it pertains to wiring. Students carry out drawn layouts of wiring diagrams, as well as practical wiring exercises, in various framed scenarios. Emphasis is placed on the role of a licensed electrician within a construction project and the limitations/restrictions of non-licensed individuals.
Prerequisite: SAFE 1002, CNTP 1000
- WELD2011 Basic Welding & Metal Fabrication
This course will provide students with an understanding of basic angle grinding and welding techniques. Students will learn proper setup and procedures for oxy-acetylene cutting and welding, shielded metal arc welding and gas metal arc welding.
Prerequisite: SAFE 1002
- CADD2005 Drafting Studio 2 CAD for Construction Renovation
Prerequisite: CADD 1020
- CNTD2001 New Construction & Renovation Techniques 1
While working on a core construction project, students are given instruction and guided through key stages of a typical construction build. Our hands-on approach allows students to continue to hone the skills gained in the first year. Students examine construction processes pertaining to light wood frame construction, including platform framing, rain screen wall systems and roof systems.
Prerequisite: CNTP 1003, CNTP 1002
- CNTD2003 Residential Estimating 2
This is a continuation of CNTP1001 Residential Estimating 1. This course continues to explore linear counts, area and volumetric calculations as required for quantity take-offs as well as introducing time and cost estimation. Using typical residential construction specifications and drawings, students prepare estimates for a given project. Both new construction and renovation of existing residential buildings may be covered. Estimates may be prepared in both written and computer form.
Prerequisite: CNTP 1001, MATH 1026
- Second Year - Semester Four
- CNTD2010 Alternative Residential Construction Techniques 2
A continuation of CNTD 2004 Alternative Residential Construction. Students continue to explore less common methods and materials in the construction industry, utilized to promote sustainability and energy efficiency. Green building techniques are emphasized and examined to evaluate effectiveness. Students learn to assess their material choices, building practices and construction detailing to evaluate performance and energy efficiency of their building. Methods to increase performance are further discussed.
Prerequisite: CNTD 2004, CNTD 2001
- CNTD2008 Basic Building Systems
This course will discuss building systems appurtenant to a typical new home or renovation project. Students review plumbing practices, layouts and detailing. Learning is reinforced through hands-on applications. Mechanical systems are also discussed. Students review standard heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Energy efficiency is reviewed in relationship with R-value, air leakage and air movement, and their effects on heating/mechanical systems.
Prerequisite: CNTD 2001
- CNTD2011 Basic Finishing Techniques 2
This course is a continuation of Basic Finishing Techniques CNTP1002. It reinforces learning and further develops skills in exterior finishes and insulation. It reinforces attention to air and vapour barriers through examining proper sealing, taping and caulking practices. Interior finishes are also studied with installation of drywall, interior doors and hardware, trim and casing. Skill development is emphasized in detailing, tolerances and quality of work. This course will show students the importance of quality workmanship related to previous stages of construction.
Prerequisite: CNTD 2001
- BUSI2014 Business & Contract Law & Construction Management
This course is designed to develop an understanding and appreciation for typical building contracts and the responsibilities borne by the contractor. Students evaluate how this will affect their working relationships, construction processes and warranties afterwards. Students review various contract types for a typical medium-to-small residential build. Construction management is also discussed in relation to timing and adherence to a build contract.
Prerequisite: BLDG 1007, CNTD 2003, ( COMM 1002 or COMM 1053 )
- CNTD2009 Construction & Renovation Techniques 2
This is a continuation of New Construction and Renovation Techniques 1 CNTP 2001. Students continue to progress through their core construction project while developing and adding to their skill sets. New techniques are introduced to facilitate installation and balancing of windows and doors for both interior and exterior wall systems and the coordination of their work in relation to other trades such as electrical, mechanical and plumbing, stairs and finish flooring systems. Through progression and application, students realize the effects of their completed work and good workmanship on the building process, other trades, and the end product.
Prerequisite: CNTD 2001
*Courses subject to change.
- You can graduate into the workforce after one or two years of study
- Expand your skills with a double diploma in another College program, in as little as two semesters
- Those wishing to pursue an apprenticeship may be awarded advanced standing toward the in-school component of a Construction Craft Worker apprenticeship
- Information about qualification requirements leading to certification are available from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, 416-326-5800, or a regional office: Belleville 613-968-5558; Kingston 613-548-1151; Pickering 905-837-7721; or Peterborough 705-745-1918
- The skills you acquire may also assist in obtaining licences and accreditations such as Red Seal
Turn your diploma into a degree
Many universities across Canada and abroad will provide credit recognition for your diploma studies at Loyalist. The following is a list of agreements that are currently in place. There are many more options, and new agreements are added annually. Contact your university of choice to make individual arrangements.
- Algoma University — B.A.; B.B.A.; B.Sc.; Bach. Computer Science
- Brock University — various*
- Lakehead University — B.B.A.
- Laurentian University — various*
- Nipissing University — various*
- Seneca College — Bach. Interdisciplinary Studies
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology — B.A. Adult Education and Digital Technology
- University of Waterloo — various*
- Wilfrid Laurier University — various*
- York University — various*
*Various potential degree pathways. Please confirm details with the receiving instititution.
Students are eligible to challenge the Autodesk certification exams at Loyalist College. Completing these industry-recognized credentials enables students to highlight that they have the in-demand skills employers are seeking.
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2019 – 20)
- Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
- Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,301
- Total: $4,023.08
- Additional Program Costs: $1,493 (year one)
Additional costs, such as supplies, travel and parking, may be incurred during workplace visits, etc. Students must purchase a selection of their own hand tools (a tool purchase list will be provided).
*Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
- Enrolment in this skilled trades program makes you eligible to apply for the Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
Recommended academic preparation
- Mathematics and sciences
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
Click here for information about how to apply, international student fees and more.
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In the News
CKWS TV Kingston
Bon Echo rustic cabin
Construction Renovation students at Loyalist College have built a rustic cabin for permanent installation at Bon Echo Provincial Park. Using building plans and materials provided by Ontario Parks, the students themselves completed all construction on the project, from framing to finishing work.
The cabin was permanently installed at Bon Echo in the spring of 2014, providing overnight accommodations for visitors to the park.