Guild Education

Who will be the next generation of Edifice Heritage Maintenance Guild Members for Spring 2022?

Online courses for Heritage Craftspeople and Professionals

Founded in 1983, The Edifice Atelier is the first e-learning program for Heritage Craftspeople and Heritage Professionals. Through real-time interaction and mentorship with skilled lecturers and teaching fellows, we provide practical knowledge that is often not available in North America. Our courses are designed to equip you with skills for use in real world and professional settings.

Join Dr. Christopher Cooper for a one-on-one Zoom session after you fill out the form below to reserve your place.

We Want You! The Next Generation Spring 2022

This past July, 2021 the Edifice Guild & Atelier successfully graduated eight new Heritage Maintenance Guild Professionals. Each of the successful graduates have already secured projects immediately through representation and mentorship from the Edifice Guild of Master Craftsmen and Old Home Living.

We are now taking applications for the winter session of the Heritage Maintenance Guild Programme to start this Spring. Edifice Atelier will be releasing this intensive programme to address the most called for disciplines in high demand from heritage home and commercial building owners across Canada and the United States. Edifice has been the guiding light for consumers for the past two decades. These consumers rely on Edifice to provide them with the best advice and recommendations for their heritage properties.  We realize that we need to attract more Guild’s Members as we can not meet the current demands.

In this free Zoom session (with Dr. Christopher Cooper | Director of Education) we will discuss how this intensive course is structured and how lucrative and rewarding a career in Heritage Maintenance can be in our goal of teaching the next generation of craftsmen.

Professional Intensives to be included in this session:

  • Heritage Masonry Repair Specialist
  • Heritage Window Specialist

10-16 Week Course | Evenings and Weekends

Join the Edifice Guild and upgrade your skills with our celebrated professional development courses.

Do you have woodworking skills?

Do you have knowledge and experience using hand and power tools?

Do you have the motivation to run your own successful small business?

Are you currently a small contractor, and want to learn new skills and earn a much higher income?

Do you want more work, or better work?

People need to know they can make money in trade careers! Join the Edifice Guild and upgrade your skills with our celebrated professional development courses.

High-paying small business is available for students who choose trade school or vocational or technical education instead of bachelor’s degree programs.

We are searching for individuals to help change their lives with a new and exciting career in heritage maintenance.  Our next session will be commencing this Spring 2022 to teach the arts of heritage restoration and preservation on a small scale.  There is a total lack of trained heritage professionals who perform restoration and maintenance on the vast stock of older homes across Canada.

The student intern needs to be very flexible with weekday, evening and weekends courses through distance learning opportunities.  

Register now for one of our upcoming sessions before this opportunity closes.

Further Professional Development at the Edifice Atelier

The Edifice Atelier will offer many other in classroom and on-line courses to further train and educate an individual to further their consultancy thus providing more opportunity of higher income. These course are:

  • Timber framing repair and restoration;
  • Building Pathology;
  • Building replacement wooden windows and storms;
  • Building and restoring wooden replacement doors;
  • Building porches, portico and verandahs;
  • Ornamental plaster repair and restoration.

Your Professor:

Dr Christopher Cooper PhD.

Dr. Christopher Cooper has four decades of experience in the hands-on restoration and rehabilitation and design of heritage buildings both domestic and commercial on five continents. Christopher has written and researched and published many books on the workings and repair of historic homes and buildings.

Since 2002 Dr. Cooper has been the Editor-in-Chief, photographer and writer of the most influential magazine in Canada dedicated to owners of historic buildings Old Home Living (Formerly Edifice Magazine).

Dr. Cooper is the Senior Fellow, Founder and Director of Education at the Edifice Atelier an educational institute fundamentally created with the intent on educating a vast range of people from 18 years to beyond retirement on the lost arts as it relates to heritage buildings and architecture.

Recently Christopher has embarked on creating several multi-award winning television series and documentaries in which he writes, produces and hosts.

Christopher has lectured all over the world and has become well known for his laid-back humorous and lively approach to his live Workshops and live eWorkshops.

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Always get your questions answered.


Each class is very limited to approximately 8 – 12 students, this course will be run with live Zoom training and distance learning at the students own pace. This course will run approximately two times per year.

Each potential applicant must provide an informal electronic letter of intent outlining the applicants expectations for this intensive, as well as any past experience within the heritage field. Please describe why you wish to be accepted into this Intensive. You may also include an electronic portfolio in a PDF format (at the applicant’s discretion).

Please provide your contact information, including telephone number, address and email. Please address your email (by using the email form below).

What we are looking for:

You must have an enthusiasm for heritage buildings, with a good understanding of the character and quality they exude.

Before and After

Further Course Information

Responsibilities of a Heritage Maintenance Consultant

Tasks vary depending on the client and type of role (i.e. building type), but typically involve:

  • visiting sites, inspecting and surveying existing conditions on historic homes, agrarian structures and commercial buildings;
  • assessing and recommending remedial repairs and restoration to various systems in the house or building such as original doors and windows etc;
  • executing contractual agreements with client and final works.

Possible Income

The range of income is much higher than the average home maintenance professional as this intensive prepares the student to become a heritage maintenance consultant.  Typically a Heritage Maintenance Consultant earns approximately $75,000 – $200,000 per year as a sole proprietor. However, the remuneration is only dependent on how much work your consultancy is willing to take on and execute professionally, on time and on budget. Those with experience and/or qualifications who further themselves through professional development in other areas of related studies (see above) typically earn considerably higher income, with no limit on earnings. 

Working hours

Working hours vary according to the amount of workload and income required. The upper scale (as noted above) would require a sole proprietor to dedicate approximately 40 – 60 hours a week, or more.


This career is open to all adult applicants (18 + with no age limit). However, a good sense of business and the restoration/renovation industry would be ideal. We would like to encourage more women (our current ratio is 50%) to enter this field as well as people who have recently retired, it is never too late to forge a new and creative future in Heritage Maintenance.

What to expect

  • Most of the work is done outdoors and on-site. Site visits and proposals are conducted outside in all weathers.
  • There may be considerable travel within a working day, and absence from home overnight may occasionally be necessary.
  • Clients exist throughout North America, although work is likely to be regional with a large concentration of historic buildings.
  • A reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required as the work can be physically demanding. Some work involves working at heights, climbing ladders or working on sites where access is difficult.
  • Appropriate safety equipment, such as protective boots and headgear, must be worn on-site.
  • The dress code tends to be diverse, but conservative for meetings.


You will need to show evidence of the following:

  • A strong interest in, woodworking and historic architecture, building methods and techniques;
  • confidence working with measurements and quantities;
  • excellent communication skills, both written and oral and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of other professionals;
  • good analytical skills, accuracy and attention to detail;
  • organizational skills and a methodical approach to work;
  • negotiation skills;
  • project management skills;
  • the ability to produce clear and concise agreements;
  • good computer skills;
  • a driving license is required, and your own means of transportation for equipment and products.

Start your journey today on a brand new career in Heritage Restoration and Maintenance

Join Dr. Christopher Cooper for a one-on-one Zoom session after you fill out the form below to reserve your place.

You will be sent confirmation, once we evaluate your email submission. You will receive Zoom credentials and date options for the one-on-one session with Dr. Christopher Cooper. The Spring Session begins March, 2022.

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After you are toughly assessed and complete your course you will be accepted as an associate member to the Edifice Guild of Master Craftsman. Find out more by following the link above.