Accepting Applications! 3rd Cycle of Window & Workforce Training Program

Published in Announcements, People in Preservation.


The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) in partnership with Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island and Heritage Restoration Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of a paid, hands-on six-week job training program in historic window restoration. The Window and Workforce Training Program (WWTP) offers valuable training to under- and unemployed Rhode Island residents with barriers to employment that will enable them to: 

Under the guidance and supervision of professional preservation craftspeople, PPS staff, and guest lecturers, participants immerse themselves in the architectural history of Providence and the preservation and technical skills needed to care for the thousands of wooden windows across the state. The blended curriculum offers ample hands-on experience, in addition to historic preservation 101 courses, and real-world study alongside veteran restoration professionals. PPS assists with job placement following successful completion of the training program, and students will receive a program certificate and a completion bonus. The training will run for 6 weeks beginning January 23 and ending March 3, 2023.


All applicants must attend one virtual info session being held on November 20 at 12:00 pm, December 8 at 5:30 pm, and December 12 at 5:30 pm. Sign up for a session here

Each student will receive:

Intensive Hands-on Training

Students will learn sash removal, safe paint & glass removal, epoxy wood repair, glazing putty application, weather stripping & sash installation. Participants will know, from beginning to end, how to completely restore a double-hung wooden window. They will also learn construction of combination wooden screen/storm windows and an introduction to hardware for energy efficiency and ease of operation.

Historic Preservation Education

Participants will be taught the basics of historic preservation, historic preservation vocabulary, window and wood nomenclature, Preservation Briefs related to windows, and an overview of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Lead-Safe Certification and OSHA-10 Certification

Training on safe practices related to handling and working with lead-based paints, important EPA certifications, and instruction materials. Additional training on common safety and health hazards on the job.

Specialized Tools

Each student receives and keeps a set of hand tools specialized for wood window restoration. With these tools and other basic carpentry tools, the trainees will be in a position to immediately begin working in this specialty.

Training on Weatherization and Sustainable Benefits

The students will be instructed on specific techniques to improve the efficiency of older windows. 

Job Readiness & Business Guidance

Each class will receive detailed guidance on the business side of the window restoration business and other wrap-around skills for success in the industry. This guidance will be presented by professionals in the field, and students will receive one-on-one mentoring. 


Applicants must:

The Program will provide:

Submit completed applications by Google Form or to by December 13, 2022.

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