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Indigenous Construction Renovation

Available as a 16-week certificate program

This program is closed; applications are not currently being accepted.

Gain hands-on experience in the construction renovation field, learning as you work on a community project, in this Loyalist certificate program for Indigenous students. Tuition is free for those accepted into the program.
  • Credential
    • 16-week Loyalist College Certificate

  • Start Date

    January entry

Find your career

Skilled workers in construction and renovation are in high demand:

  • Employers include general contractors, subcontractors, new home builders, woodworking shops and restoration contractors.
  • There are also opportunities selling building materials in hardware stores, lumberyards and building centres.
  • Training in entrepreneurship and estimating can help you work towards running your own business as an independent contractor.

What grads say

“When I completed the certificate program, I felt that I had found something that was my own, something that I could do well. We built storage sheds for Bon Echo Provincial Park and a floating dock at Quinte Mohawk School. They were real projects, things that were of value to the communities. My success in the certificate program has prompted me to pursue this career path further and I am really looking forward to beginning classes.” Shane Kimball, Aboriginal Construction Renovation 2014, Construction Engineering Technician student

Experiential learning

Gain valuable knowledge and hands-on experience working on a project in the Tyendinaga community:

  • Learn as you work on a community project with environmentally sound construction principles.
  • Get hands-on instruction in construction techniques, proper tool usage and jobsite safety.
  • Learn to work from blueprints, produce basic sketches and develop building details.
  • Gain skills in carpentry, from base footings to framing, interior and exterior finishing, and fine finishing techniques.
  • Develop valuable contacts with local employers.

On-site learning is supported by classroom instruction in construction principles:

  • Get the knowledge to interpret the Ontario Building Code as it applies to renovations and new construction.
  • Learn to navigate local regulations and by-laws; contract documents and tenders; and how to apply for the necessary permits.
  • Obtain industry-required certificates in the program, such as Working at Heights and First Aid.

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