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Certificate in Carpentry and Renovation Techniques (CARC) Loyalist College




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Course info


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 practice green and sustainable building methods as they work through a major carpentry or renovation project.

Find your career

Prepare for opportunities in residential or commercial construction and renovation:

  • 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 centers.
  • 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

Experiential learning

Learning emphasizes practical hands-on work during a major home carpentry or renovation 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.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Certificate in Carpentry and Renovation Techniques (CARC).

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

CAD$14,333.00 (8,55,458) per year




Loyalist College

376 Wallbridge-Loyalist road,


Ontario (ON),

K8N 5B9, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

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


  • Mature applicant

Recommended academic preparation

Mathematics and sciences

English language requirements

TOEFL: (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 550 (paper-based test); 80 (IBT internet-based test with minimums of 20)

IELTS (International English Language Test Service): 6.0 overall with no bands less than 6.0 (under SDS); 6.0 overall with one band at 5.5 (generic category)

CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): Overall band of 60, writing 60

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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