Historic Preservation Construction Certificate

HWF & Cape Fear Community College Partner to Preserve Built History.

Offered through the Workforce Training program at CFCC, the Historic Preservation Construction program teaches students how to properly renovate old homes and commercial buildings, using appropriate techniques that suit the needs of historic structures. After taking three 96-hour courses, students will earn a certification in Historic Preservation Construction, endorsed by the Historic Wilmington Foundation. 

Wilmington’s built history makes this city extraordinary. Training more contractors who understand how to work with old buildings helps to strengthen our local job market and ensure a strong future for our historic homes and businesses.

The Historic Preservation Construction program is geared toward contractors and those with a background in construction. Given Wilmington’s abundance of old buildings and a shortage of contractors to help repair and maintain them, Historic Preservation Construction is a win-win for the community.

The preservation of our historic buildings is so important. Helping our citizens learn to restore and maintain these structures is vital to Wilmington’s economy and to our community’s story. CFCC is proud to partner with Historic Wilmington Foundation to provide this unique opportunity to our students.

Jim Morton

President, Cape Fear Community College

Learning Trade Skills

Topics covered will include wooden window repair, masonry, roofing, and sustainability, just to name a few! The course instructor and guest speakers will cover how to approach each rehabilitation and restoration with an understanding of Wilmington’s architecture and historic district regulations. 


The evening class meets twice a week on Mondays  (in person at the CFCC North Campus, 4500 Blue Clay Road) and Thursdays (virtual). The course runs from March 13, 2023 through July 3, 2023. For more information and to register, click here.


The evening class meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays at the CFCC North Campus (4500 Blue Clay Road). The course runs from September 25, 2023 through January 24, 2024. For more information and to register, click here

“Being part of this educational effort is an honor for HWF. After more than half a century of encouraging stewardship of old buildings, now we’ll have a hand in showing how it’s done.”

– Beth Rutledge, former HWF Executive Director