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Start a New Career in Heritage Restoration


There is a critical shortage of heritage professionals who perform small job maintenance on the vast stock of older houses and commercial buildings across Canada and the United States.


Request your Zoom interview with Dr. Christopher Cooper. Please fill out the form below.


We are now taking applications for the Spring 2022 session of the Heritage Maintenance Guild Programme. Edifice Atelier has released 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 Guilds Members as we can not meet the current demands.


What we are looking for…

If you can answer these questions with a resounding YES, then the Heritage Maintenance Guild Programme is a right fit for you!


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.



MODULE HMG1:

Understanding Heritage Architecture

We investigate the design, methodologies, materials, and techniques employed to disseminate good conservation/restoration practice.

MODULE HMG2:

Understanding Design Era Intricacies

What design era is my clients house/building, and how should it look and how do I get it right?

MODULE HMG3:

Principles of Heritage Woodworking

MODULE HMG4:

Understanding Mouldings and Trims

MODULE HMG5:

The Tools of The Trade

MODULE HMG6:

Heritage Cladding Timber

MODULE HMG7:

Water Management

Most water issues are a product of simple raises in elevation of the surrounding soil, or vegetation too close to the foundation, or improperly directed downspouts, or improperly installed flashing.

In this course module we will navigate through the steps of how to create a water management system and plan which will alleviate most water ingress and egress problems.

MODULE HMG8:

Timber Framing Construction

MODULE HMG9:

Window Repair and Restoration Intensive

This comprehensive stand-alone course module, aimed at professional intensive students, will take the student intern through the entire documentation and evaluation process – through to the full repair and restoration process of original wood window sashes and casements in detail with step-by-step instructions.

Including:

This comprehensive course will be one of two (the other being the Heritage Masonry Intensive) of the largest components of the Heritage Maintenance Guild program and is the most requested by your prospective clients.

Note: There is an opportunity for hands-on instruction at our Oxford Campus (located near Woodstock, Ontario). However, fees are not included in this programme.

MODULE HMG10:

Storm Window Installation

MODULE HMG11:

Door Repair and Restoration

The removal of old doors (not unlike wood windows) can significantly reduce or destroy the character and authenticity of a traditional home. The door is the first thing that greets the owner and visitors alike. The warmth and character of an old wood door – specifically one which denotes the very design style it was intended for – should be kept and restored at all costs.

MODULE HMG12:

Heritage Masonry Intensive

The appearance of brick and stone masonry owes as much to the character of the mortar joints as to the brick and stones themselves. Unsuitable poorly executed repointing can affect not only the look but also the durability of masonry and is amongst the most frequent causes of damage to the character and fabric of an historic home.

This comprehensive stand-alone course module, aimed at professional intensive students, provides most if not all the detailed step-by-step instruction to complete spot repointing and general repair and restoration of many issues one may find: such as the improper use of cement mortars and spalled or eroded bricks.

This comprehensive course will be one of two (the other being Window Restoration) of the largest components of the Heritage Maintenance Guild program and is the most requested by your prospective clients.

Note: There is an opportunity for hands-on instruction at our Oxford Campus (located near Woodstock, Ontario). However, fees are not included in this programme.

MODULE HMG13:

Basics in Heritage Painting

MODULE HMG14:

Dealing with Rot

The focus of this module will be how to splice and Dutchman materials etc.

MODULE HMG15:

Wooden Floors

MODULE HMG16:

Contracts, Quoting and Business Requirements


Start Date:

May 28, 2022

Duration:

16 Weeks (180 hours)


Module tools:

Students will have access to all study materials, dedicated academic mentorship, and learning activities via an online learning platform (Live Zoom).

The Module Content Syllabus is broken down into structured study weeks to help students plan their time, with each week containing a mixture of reading, case studies, videos/recordings, and interactive activities to go through.

Online live Zoom instruction once a week, usually on a weekend afternoon (4 hours), to accommodate students busy schedules. This live session is the core of this intensive led by Dr. Christopher Cooper, and must be attended in real time to provide opportunities to consolidate knowledge, ask questions, discuss topics and work through learning activities together.

These sessions are recorded to support students and to enable students to recap the session and work through it at their own pace. Notwithstanding this the student intern is expected to attend all live Zoom classes.


HMG Programme Learning Outcomes:

Once the final examination essay is reviewed with a passing grade, you will receive a one-year membership to the Edifice Guild with all the benefits of a full member to open your consultancy in Heritage Maintenance.


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 $85,000 – $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 (such as Building Pathology) typically earn considerably higher income, with no limit on earnings. 


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

Request your Zoom interview with Dr. Christopher Cooper. Please fill out the form below.

There will only be 8-10 placements available for the Spring 2022 sessions

You will be sent an interview request once we evaluate your email submission. You will receive Zoom credentials for a one-on-one interview with Dr. Christopher Cooper.



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