Admission Requirements

...a commitment to both the hands-on and academic exploration of heritage conservation...

The Diploma Program has a limited number of places to retain our low student to instructor ratio, encouraging students to have a high level of engagement and ensuring students receive a quality experience.

We accept applications year round. Our next intake for the 3-year Diploma Program in Heritage Conservation will be September 2019.

With a limited number of places applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the year.

“We learn to appreciate buildings, neighbourhoods and landscapes, all that holds them together — from Mortar to memory, and how time affects each.”

Angela Garvey

Class of 2015, Heritage Planning Assistant, ERA Architects




The minimum requirements for the Diploma Program is a high school diploma or equivalency certificate. The majority of our applicants have existing apprenticeship training, prior work experience in a related-field or have completed college and/or university degrees.

Our concern is not so much with paper qualifications as with our students commitment to both the hands-on and academic exploration of heritage conservation challenges and opportunities. We encourage those with a passion for heritage-related issues, who have demonstrated collaborative thinking and who have an openness to new ways of looking at our everyday environments to apply to our innovative experiential education program.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • - Completed application form
  • - Official high school transcripts or equivalency certificate
  • - Official College and or University transcripts (if applicable)
  • - Two letters of reference
  • - Résumé (may include sample portfolio at student’s discretion)
  • - A non-refundable application fee of $50 (CAD) for domestic applicants / $100 (CAD) for international applicants.


Applications can be submitted electronically to or by mail to:

Willowbank School
14487 Niagara Parkway
PO Box 212
Queenston, ON L0S 1L0

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

The School of Restoration Arts at Willowbank admits students of any race, colour, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.