Carpentry and Renovation Techniques

Carpentry and Renovation Techniques is a one-year college certificate program that takes students from a building layout to the completion of a residential construction project. Students will become knowledgeable on blueprint reading, building code, and construction methods. Graduates have the option to use the techniques they learned to enter the workforce or continue with their education.

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This carpentry techniques program takes students from building layout, through the completion of framing for a residential construction project. Students will gain the required knowledge with respect to blueprint reading, building code, construction methods, building materials, tools and jobsite safety in an interactive classroom environment. Students will then apply their skills in a variety of hands-on carpentry courses. In addition to new construction, students will apply their experiences to a variety of renovation projects.

Graduates from this program can take the techniques they learned to the workforce or they can apply to enter the second year of the Carpentry and Renovations Technician program.

Program Overview

The program provides training in the skills required for an on-site general carpenter and construction worker, including the safe operation and maintenance of hand, portable, and stationary power tools. Students learn the layout and construction of a residential build from footings through roof framing. Emphasis is placed on developing and practicing the hands-on skills needed in the field.

 

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Career & Co-op Opportunities

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Carpentry and Renovation Techniques program can pursue a career across many industries, including residential and commercial construction. Assist or lead in renovation construction projects for interior or exterior renovation projects.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduate employment rates among large colleges in Ontario?

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Carpentry and Renovation Techniques program:

Apprentice Carpenter
Assist the lead carpenter in carrying out tasks such as framing, drywall, flooring, trim, tile, and more.

Construction Framer
Responsible for supporting the structural execution of custom homes and larger renovation projects while aligning to building practices.

Renovator
Assist or lead renovation projects such as framing, drywall, trim work, flooring, tile, and minor plumbing and electrical as well for bathrooms, kitchens, basements & more.

 

Program Progression

Fall (September) start date:

Fall Winter
Start Level 1  
Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. identify and use strategies to enhance work performance and continued learning to keep pace with industry changes.
2. identify and adhere to established health and safety practices that apply to specific job sites, in accordance with current legislation and regulations.
3. perform building construction and renovation tasks in compliance with contracts, the Ontario and/or National Building Codes, applicable laws and industry’s ethical practices.
4. work in accordance with established sustainability practices.
5. communicate and collaborate with diverse clients, supervisors and tradespersons to complete projects on time and to maintain effective working relationships.
6. assist with maintaining accurate project documents and use computer technologies to support building construction and renovation projects.
7. solve on-site trade-related building and renovation problems by applying principles of basic technical mathematics and building science.
8. select, maintain and safely operate hand tools, and portable and stationary power tools, to efficiently complete building construction and renovation tasks.
9. 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.
10. assist in the preparation of material estimations according to building construction and renovation project documents.

 

Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London
Open
2022 September
Kincardine
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London
Open
2022 September
Kincardine
Open

Program Details

Program Code
CRQ1

Program Coordinator:

Rob Murison

Delivery
Day Time
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Certificate
Duration
30 weeks

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics* (C) or (U)
OR
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
OR
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
OR
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics* (C) or (U)
OR
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

Note:
  • *Applicants who lack the required course may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Summer employment in construction or related activity
Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

  • Credit for any course in the program will be given to students who can demonstrate that they have the required skills to meet the objectives of the course.
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Note:
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Carpentry and Renovation Techniques program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Carpentry and Renovation Techniques program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Carpentry and Renovation Techniques program.
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

See Post-Admission Requirements

Tuition Summary

London

Canadian Costs
$3,553.32
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$15,299.80
Total Cost of Program

Kincardine

Canadian Costs
$3,285.46
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$15,031.94
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

Courses

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CONS-1047Drawings & Takeoff-Intro3
The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the basics of reading building construction blueprints for residential projects. In addition, students will be introduced to basic construction quantity takeoff to help reinforce the reading and interpretation of blueprints.
MATS-1024Materials & Methods 14
This course, based on residential construction, will offer the students insight to both Methods and Materials involved in excavation, formwork and floor framing.
COMP-1327Computer Applications3
This course will provide a study of word processing and spreadsheet functions as utilized by the construction industry. This study will be applied to the efficient creation of reports and to the utilization of spreadsheets to produce construction project related data.
CONS-1076Forming & Framing3
In this course, students will apply residential building knowledge in a hands on, project driven learning environment. Building layout, concrete formwork and floor framing will be the main focus of study throughout the term.
CONS-1077Tools-Intro2.5
In this course students will be introduced to the safe use, care and maintenance of a variety of hand, portable, and stationary power tools typically used in residential construction. The practical nature of this project-driven course will facilitate accurate, efficient and effective use of construction tools.
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