Historic Preservation Construction Certificate

Historic Wilmington Foundation & Cape Fear Community College Partner to Preserve Built History.

Offered through the Workforce Training program at CFCC, Intro to Historic Preservation is the first of three 96-hour courses that will allow students to earn a certificate in Historic Preservation Construction. CFCC and HWF have partnered to define the only curriculum of its kind within 150 miles.  

The hands-on 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.



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.

Beth Rutledge

Executive Director, Historic Wilmington Foundation

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

Registration has begun for the first course, Intro to Historic Construction. The evening class will meet twice a week at the CFCC North Campus from January 12 through April 29, 2021.

Topics covered include wooden window repair, masonry, roofing and sustainability, just to name a few! Guest speakers will include experts on the architecture of Wilmington, and understanding historic districts.

“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, HWF Executive Director