Heritage programs provide students with the specialized skills required in the assessment, preservation, renovation, and even marketing of older buildings.
Students in heritage programs will learn about the process in the preservation and restoration of historical architecture and buildings in Canada.
Heritage programs are essentially carpentry programs which generally deals with the assembly, construction, installation, maintenance, repair, restoration, and/or renovation of architectures, components, forms, and/or structures created primarily from wood or wood-substitutes. Carpentry is a skill in which practitioners must possess precision, particularly in measuring and cutting, and strong mathematical and problem-solving abilities and work habits. Professions related to Carpentry include Cabinetmaking (Joinery), Millwork, Planermill, Refinishing, Wood Products and Manufacturing, and Woodworking.
Individuals involved in carpentry, called carpenters, are most often employed in the construction industry working on various commercial/industrial, maintenance, and/or residential projects. Common employers include construction companies, furniture and cabinet manufacturers, general contractors, and residential and ICI sectors. Some carpenters may prefer to become self-employed and/or establish their own companies. Carpenters who earn journeyperson status may, after obtaining several years of experience beyond an apprenticeship, become educators, supervisors, and/or trainers of their trade.
Canadian Provinces with Heritage Diploma, Certificate and Degree College Programs