Carpentry and Renovation Techniques

Program: CRNT
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie, Owen Sound


Students gain occupational skills for employment in the construction and renovation industry. Students practice lot layout, concrete formwork, framing, demolition, renovations, interior and exterior finish and sustainable construction techniques. Theory and applications of safety standards, building codes, blueprint reading, energy efficiency, and environmental practices are studied. Students learn to interpret the Ontario Building Code as it applies to renovations and new construction. Focus is on the residential sector. Basics of entrepreneurship are presented.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates enjoy success as employees in residential, commercial and industrial construction, as well as the renovation field. Potential opportunities may include General Carpenter, Framer, Formwork Carpenter, Renovator, or Trim Carpenter. They may wish to discuss eligibility for apprenticeship credits into the General Carpentry apprenticeship program with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Graduates may choose to add more specialized skills such as Cabinetmaking, Building Inspection, Interior Design, or continue their education in the Architectural field.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • identify and use strategies to enhance work performance and continued learning to keep pace with industry changes;
  • identify and adhere to established health and safety practices that apply to specific job sites, in accordance with current legislation and regulations;
  • perform building construction and renovation tasks in compliance with contracts, the Ontario and/or National Building Codes, applicable laws and industry’s ethical practices;
  • work in accordance with established sustainability practices;
  • communicate and collaborate with diverse clients, supervisors and tradespersons to complete projects on time and to maintain effective working relationships;
  • assist with maintaining accurate project documents and use computer technologies to support building construction and renovation projects;
  • solve on-site trade-related building and renovation problems by applying principles of basic technical mathematics and building science;
  • select, maintain and safely operate hand tools, and portable and stationary power tools, to efficiently complete building construction and renovation tasks;
  • assist with the completion of building and renovation stages, from site layout and footings to the application of interior and exterior finishes, according to specifications;
  • assist in the preparation of material estimations according to building construction and renovation project documents;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

10 Mandatory Courses
1 Communications Course
1 General Education Course

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
CART 1011Carpentry Fundamentals
CART 1012Applied Carpentry Fundamentals
CART 1013Construction Practices
CART 1014Formwork and Framing
CART 1015Finish Carpentry Fundamentals
CART 1016Interior and Exterior Finishes
CART 1017Advanced Framing and Sustainability
CART 1018Blueprint Reading
CART 1019CAD Drafting
MATH 1007Mathematics Techniques
Communications Courses
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.