Carpentry and Joinery – Heritage

Apply Now! for Fall 2017 – please call 613-267-2859 ext 5601 for details.

Algonquin College’s unique Carpentry and Joinery – Heritage program is aimed at students who are interested in the preservation, renovation, and restoration of historical architecture in Canada.

You will focus on contemporary construction techniques, traditional carpentry, and preservation techniques. In the end, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to produce the high quality work demanded in the field of heritage carpentry.

Take a peek at the tool list for the program. If you have any questions about the tools come to an Open House, or send us an e-mail.

The most important items for day one are CSA-certified (green triangle) safety work-boots, and CSA-certified safety glasses. Hard hats will be provided to all students registered in the first year of Heritage Carpentry.

Click here for the full tool list for Heritage Carpentry

Awards & Bursaries

The Marshall Stevenson Scholarship Bursary is awarded annually to a student in the Carpentry and Joinery- Heritage program, who is entering his/her final year, is in financial need, had good academic standing and attendance, and is cooperative and helpful to others.

Please check our Awards & Bursaries page for other opportunities.

Mobile Device

Algonquin College has progressive programs for integrating technology into the classroom.  While this is true for the Carpentry and Joinery – Heritage program it is used as a tool in the classroom, our emphasis continues to be traditional hand skills and craftsmanship.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at
(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Related Programs:
Construction Carpentry – Advanced Housing (Perth)

Ontario College Diploma
2 Year(s)

Program Code: 0530X01FPT
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

We build history

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program in heritage carpentry and joinery program consistently produces graduates with a skillset that sets them apart in the Custom and Heritage Carpentry fields. The first year curriculum is focused on instilling sound fundamentals of woodworking and traditional joinery, combined with modern and historical construction practices. These strong fundamentals allow the range of study to expand in the second year of the program to include architectural millwork, traditional timber framing, staircasing and log construction. A thorough exploration of historical architecture, building science, construction methods and preservation techniques accompanies the introduction of industry necessary technical skills, such as drafting and geometrical layout.

What separates our program from all other carpentry programs is our emphasis on wood as a building material and our role as producers - not installers - of building products. We construct doors, windows, staircases, timberframes and log cabins from locally harvested and market sourced lumber and timber. The satisfaction of working on these projects from beginning to end offers a truly fulfilling and engaging educational experience.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have a passion for craftsmanship.
  • Have a desire to work with their hands.
  • Are self-motivated, inquisitive, intelligent and ambitious.
  • Have a reverence for wood as a building material.
  • Have an admiration for built heritage and architecture.
  • Strive to exemplify environmental sustainability; as the greenest building is the building that has already been built.

Your Career

Restoring the past for future generations

Graduates are prepared to produce the high quality work demanded in the growing field of Heritage Carpentry, as well as the high-end Custom Carpentry and Millwork industries. Graduates may take many paths upon entering the workforce. Opportunities are available in both private and public sectors. Some graduates may prefer freelance work while others will take positions in commercial or residential carpentry or millworking companies. Those who decide to follow a traditional apprenticeship route find themselves in an advantageous position as a graduate due to the unique foundation of skills and knowledge acquired.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Have a knowledge of, and an appreciation for, historical Canadian architecture, construction methods, and preservation techniques.
  2. Function as carpenters/millworkers in the building industry, particularly in the area of restoration and renovation.
  3. Provide for the safety of self, co-workers, and the general public in all work settings.
  4. Apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes to execute work of consistently high quality in all aspects of their job.
  5. Communicate effectively with clients, project personnel, fellow carpenters/millworkers, and persons from the associated trades.
  6. Possess basic business management skills.
  7. Take responsibility for maintaining learned skills and developing new skills throughout their career.
  8. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ARC9006 Canadian Architectural Conservation Preserving our heritage resources is a visible sign of community pride and environmental responsibility. Protecting heritage buildings requires an understanding of their histories and the principles of conservation shared by the conservation community. The study of building styles and traditional building techniques as they have evolved across the Canadian landscape are explored. 45.0
CON9250 Carpentry I:Foundations and Floors Students are introduced to carpentry and homebuilding. The skills and knowledge necessary to layout and construct a foundation and floor system are presented in a variety of practical and theoretical methods. Using a variety of instruments, students learn to conduct differential leveling, establish and verify grades and locate building hubs. Batter boards and formwork for footings are discussed and presented in detail. All aspects of a wood-framed floor system are investigated; foundation walls, columns, beams, joists and sub-floors. Construction safety topics include trenching, personal protective equipment and tool use. 60.0
DRA9251 Drafting for Carpentry and Joinery Drafting is an essential communication tool in the building industry. Students acquire competency in the basics of drafting for the trades. Topics of study include freehand sketching, drafting instruments, materials and their use, lettering, isometric, oblique and orthographic shop drawings. An introduction to computer-assisted modelling reinforces students' skills in pictorial and orthographic drawings and their interpretation. 45.0
MAT9252 Mathematics for Carpentry and Joinery Focus is placed on the fundamentals of trade calculations and applied mathematics. Applications of course content to carpentry concepts include imperial measurement, fundamentals of perimeter, area and volume measurement, principles of ratio and proportion and elements of basic trigonometry. Students are encouraged to develop the problem-solving skills necessary for success in the trades with mathematical exercises that are used daily by practicing carpenters. 30.0
WOO9254 Joinery I: Fundamentals An in-depth study of the use, selection, and maintenance of hand and power tools is provided. Students organize, schedule and complete various woodworking projects. Students have the opportunity to research and compare woodworking techniques; apply the principles of wood technology; read, interpret and develop plans and procedures and select and use various fasteners, hardware and adhesives. Safety topics include tool use and personal protective equipment(PPE). 135.0
WOO9255 Wood Wood has been the primary medium of carpenters and joiners for millennia. The history and practicality of wood as a building material are studied. The harvesting of trees, the production of lumber, wood storage and species identification, as well as basics of lumber grading, estimation and ordering are explored. Specific qualities (such as wood movement, grain orientation, workability, colour, moisture resistance finishing attributes, etc.) are discussed at a practical and cellular level, leaving students with a sound understanding of wood, how to use it and how it was used in the past. 30.0
Level: 02 Hours
DRA9260 Architectural Drafting and Blueprint Reading Students learn to read and draft architectural plans and reference residential building codes to develop the necessary skills required in the industry. Activities include retrieving information from plans and specifications, verifying material sizes and grades from tables in the building code and putting together material estimates for construction projects. Students draft a variety of architectural drawings using computer software and/or standard hand drafting techniques.

Prerequisites: DRA9250
ENL9212 Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
MAT9261 Geometry for Carpentry and Joinery With emphasis on practical application, students expand on the fundamentals of trade calculations. Students are introduced to construction geometry and layout using geometric principles. Ratio and proportion, the Golden mean and classical moulding profiles are all explored through geometric constructions used by tradespeople and designers for centuries.

Prerequisites: MAT9252
WOO9210 Carpentry II: Walls, Roofs and Finishes The study of wood-framed house construction continues with an investigation into the framing of wall and roof systems and exterior siding and roof finishes. Students perform trade-related calculations for sizes, quantities and location of building components, as well as material estimation. Wall and roof framing projects are completed according to plans, Building Code and schedules. Projects include the layout and installation of siding, windows, doors and exterior trim. Construction safety topics include heat/cold exposure, working at heights, Occupational Health and Safety Act and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).

Prerequisites: CON9250 and DRA9251 and MAT9252 and WOO9254
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0530 General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1001 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LFS9178 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED6022 or GED5005 or GED5002 or GED5006 or GED5004 or GED1896 or GED5009 or PSI0003
Level: 03 Hours
BSC9100 Housing, Energy and the Environment Students examine the impact of the construction/restoration industry on the environment. This includes a study of the principles and techniques of new house construction, energy-efficient renovation, appropriate energy conservation methods for historic buildings, the improvement of indoor air quality, and the selection of environmentally-responsible construction products and practices. 45.0
ENL9202 Communications II Course content includes writing instructions and writing for publication, creating relevant job-search correspondence and career portfolios, writing various informal reports to suit a specified purpose and writing and presenting a formal research report on a program related topic.

Prerequisites: ENL9212
WOO9221 Timber Framing and Log Building A study of the time-honoured principles and techniques used to construct traditional timber frame and log buildings is provided. Students learn to work safely using traditional tools, materials and layout techniques. Students combine theoretical and practical skills and participate in building a new timber frame and log structure using traditional joinery methods and materials. Inspections of timber frame and log buildings are included and are considered to be the core part of the restoration component. Inspection reports allow students to investigate typical problems and deterioration found in these types of structures and enable students to recommend appropriate repair techniques.

Prerequisites: WOO9210
WOO9224 Joinery II: Traditional Staircasing Designing and building staircases is often considered the pinnacle of a carpenter's craft. Students learn how to design and build a safe, building code compliant staircase. Stringer layout, newel connections and balustrade construction are all investigated in detail.

Prerequisites: DRA9260 and MAT9261 and WOO9254
WOO9225 Architectural Millwork I: Mouldings and Trim Joinery provides the finishing touches to a building and helps define its character. Students learn the theory and practice of reproducing and installing architectural components. Production techniques for fabricating casings, baseboards, crown moulding and other interior millwork pieces are discussed and practised.

Prerequisites: DRA9260 and MAT9261 and WOO9254
Level: 04 Hours
BSC9101 Restoration Methods Students learn about restoration and repair techniques for buildings and building elements. By exploring a variety of building deficiencies typically seen in historical buildings and investigating their repair strategies students are exposed to traditional and contemporary solutions to a variety of problems. Conservation standards are explored as they relate to various building repair solutions. In addition, students perform hands-on restoration techniques to traditional millwork and windows. 75.0
CON9151 Construction Planning Students learn the roles and responsibilities of personnel on a construction site. Students also learn about planning, scheduling, sub-contractors, inspections/permits, site documents and contracts. Students apply the knowledge they have learned and develop a plan for a restoration project.

Prerequisites: DRA9260 and WOO9210

Co-requisites: BSC9101
WOO9248 Joinery III: Doors and Windows The theory and practice of the reproduction and installation of traditional doors and windows are covered. Students identify types and styles of traditional, and contemporary doors and windows and then design organizational procedures for building them. Students evaluate joinery construction techniques and use them to produce a finely crafted door and window.

Prerequisites: WOO9224 and WOO9225
WOO9249 Architectural Millwork II A study of the principles and techniques used by restoration carpenters who perform work on historic buildings is provided. Topics include interior and exterior ornamental features, architectural millwork and wood turning. Students combine theoretical and practical skills to complete architectural projects that challenge them to perform at a high level of skill.

Prerequisites: WOO9224 and WOO9225

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $4,211.84. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $13,737.88. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit

Books and supplies cost approximately $1,000 in the first year and $400 in the second year and can be purchased at the campus bookstore. In addition, students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment, drafting instruments, and some hand tools at a cost of $1,350 in the first year and $350 in the second year. A comprehensive list of the recommended tools is provided to students in August and is available online at

Please note: students may have some of the tools and other items, such as safety boots and winter work wear which would lower the cost of tools and supplies significantly.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. OR
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632

Additional Information

Part-time students may be considered if space is available.

The Perth Campus is an eLearning environment; to ensure your success as a student, we recommend that you bring a current laptop computer to support your studies.

For more information about the program, please contact Jack Hollinger, Coordinator, at 613-267-2859 ext. 5639 or

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time