Building Renovation Technician Program (T110)

Building Renovation Technician
School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades
Casa Loma Campus
2 years (4 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Diploma
There is a growing demand for qualified renovators in the building industry sensitive to our environment. According to the Canadian Home Builders Association, more than half the spending in the Canadian construction industry takes place in the renovation field. This two-year program at George Brown College is designed to prepare you for employment in the renovation and construction field, with sustainable design principles being key.

Full Program Descriptions


t110There is a growing demand in the building industry for qualified renovators sensitive to our environment. According to the Canadian Home Builders Association, more than half the spending in the Canadian construction industry takes place in the renovation field.

Building Renovation Technician is a two-year program designed to prepare you for employment in the renovation and construction field, with sustainable design principles being key.

You will learn new construction and building renovation skills, carpentry techniques and new materials applications while gaining a solid understanding of the renovation-related trades. You will also have an introductory exposure to the business skills that can be adapted to starting and running a renovation, custom home building or general contracting business. Hands-on training takes place in fully equipped labs where students practice framing and finishing techniques using sustainable design principles.

Practical applications include residential construction and renovations, millwork, demolition, framing, drywall installation and finishing. You will learn site layout, cabinetry, stair construction, building code, and basic electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems. Introductory business topics include business management, site management, estimating and project management.

*When you enrol in the program in January, you are required to complete semester 2 in the summer (May to August) of the same year in order to continue into semester 3 in the fall.

Part Time Study Options  

Part-time study options are not available for this program; however, our Continuing Education department offers evening courses and part-time certificate programs in Building/Construction Technologies. See

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has established Program Descriptions for college programs of instruction which do not operate under a specific provincial Program Standard. The Program Description typically describes the program purpose (a brief description of the program, potential employment opportunities and general admission requirements) and program goals (similar to program-level learning outcomes, which guide the curriculum).

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Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Printable Curriculum Planner 2015-2016PDF icon


Code Course name
BLDG1020 Interior Millwork and Finishes
DRFT1006 Architecture Plan Interpretation 1
GHUM1106 History of Architecture
COMM1007 College English
MATH1136 Mathematics for Building Technologies 1
Please note that students who start the program in the Winter term will take 1st and 2nd semester courses in an alternatively delivered format.


Code Course name
BLDG1009 Residential Building Renovation and Restoration
BLDG1047 Construction Layout and Rigging
BLDG2048 Site Management and Construction Safety
DRFT2017 Architectural Plan Interpretation 2
GSCI1022 Building Science and the Environment
MATH1146 Mathematics for Building Technologies 2


Code Course name
BLDG1050 Portfolio
BLDG2003 ICI Renovation and Restoration (Industrial, Commercial, Institutional)
BLDG2005 Construction Business Management and Marketing
BLDG2033 Field Placement 1
BLDG2052 Methods of Measurement: Renovation and Redevelopment
GNED General Education Elective


Code Course name
BLDG2008 Associated Trades – Applied Theory and Applications
BLDG2027 Field Placement 2
BLDG2047 Planning and Scheduling (Renovation and Restoration)
BLDG2050 Estimating
GNED General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Educational / Degree Pathway 

Pathways to the Bachelor of Applied Technology degree program are also available from the Building Renovation Technology or Construction Engineering Technology program (T105). For more information, see

Your Career 

Graduates find employment in many areas of the renovation and construction field. Opportunities include renovation, general contracting, custom home building, carpentry, site supervision, project management, estimating, technical sales and home inspections. Graduates who have entrepreneurial aspirations may also start their own businesses offering these services.

Future Study Options 

This program shares the first four semesters with the three-year Building Renovation Technology advanced diploma program (T148). Students may be eligible to proceed to semester 5 of the program.

Pathways to the Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree program are available from the Building Renovation Technology program. For more information, see

Tuition and Fees



Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Student Success

Success Stories  

"I’m working hard to maintain George Brown College’s good reputation. I never realized that I would get such enjoyment and be so enthusiastic about going to school here – the hard work I put in all seems worth it."

Delonny Octave (student, Building Renovation Technician)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4023


Office: Casa Loma Campus Room E311

For more information, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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