Training Programs

Supporting the next generation of preservation superstars

Even though Rhode Island has a wealth of older buildings — and most of us live, work, learn, and gather in them — we’re quickly losing the skills needed to keep these buildings safe and serving their highest use. Maintaining our historic properties is a team effort, and PPS takes a two-prong approach to passing on the necessary skills.

First, we want to support the work being done by homeowners, renters, and community stewards — the work that happens at night and on weekends. Do you need a good electrician who knows their way around old wiring? Do you want to get comfortable with power tools or swap tips and tricks with other DIY-types? Do you need some convincing that a historic house is worth the effort? PPS is here to help.

And second, we’re addressing the critical labor shortage in the preservation trades. We train both those who’ve never worked in the trades before and upskill construction industry veterans in the basics and niche trades needed to maintain and adapt our historic buildings — and then we help them find meaningful work across the state. Keeping these skills in Rhode Island is a win-win. 

Some of our signature offerings are…

Rehabbers Resources | programs, community-building, and basic skills training for residents living in and working on old buildings

Window & Workforce Training Program | a paid, hands-on job training program in historic window restoration 

Introduction to the Preservation Trades | two months of paid immersion and training with an employer in the preservation trades

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