Learn by doing in this nationally recognized program.

You’ll study technical and traditional historic preservation in a real-world setting. This isn’t sitting at a desk. It’s learning by doing. You’ll spend most of your time in workshops and job sites learning the fundamentals of historic trades and how to restore historic materials and building systems.

Armed with theoretical knowledge, hands-on skills and a passion for their craft, many of our graduates have gone on to the US National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick, Maryland, where they work on sites of national importance across the country, including Arlington National Cemetery, Independence Hall, and The White House.

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What you’ll learn

  • Learn the technical side of historic preservation as well as the traditional trades.
  • Understand the materials, concepts and techniques used in preserving historic buildings.
  • Gain a basic architectural vocabulary.
  • Work with traditional and modern building materials, learning how they deteriorate and how to stabilize and repair them.
  • Sharpen your skills in workshops and on-site.
  • Construct and repair stained-glass windows, wooden windows & doors, plaster cornices and medallions, and more.

Possible careers

  • Traditional tradesperson
  • Pursue an advanced degree in art, architecture, architectural history, history, historic preservation, or planning


National Council for Preservation Education

The program is a member of the National Council for Preservation Education, a national organization of colleges and universities offering undergraduate and graduate certificates and degrees in historic preservation and allied fields.

2+2 Transfer Options

We work with students looking to pursue a higher degree on a case-by-case basis. In the historic preservation field, Belmont College’s reputation virtually assures transfer acceptance at the undergraduate level, and has also helped many students with bachelor’s degrees gain acceptance to the graduate program of their choice. Belmont grads have gone on to pursue degrees in architecture, architectural history, fine arts, community planning, and more.

Graduate students from top historic preservation programs across the country also come to Belmont for one year to learn the technical side of historic preservation and become familiar with traditional trade practices. Belmont’s hands-on technical education combined with a graduate degree in Historic Preservation is the perfect combination if you’re looking to become the Preservation Director at an historic house museum or work in the technical review department at a State Historic Preservation Office.


Keith Kaczor
Director of Industrial Trades

Derrick Smith
Assistant Professor, BPR