There is a growing demand for qualified renovators in the building industry who are aware of the growing interest in maintaining our environment and are knowledgeable about sustainable building practices. 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.


Program name
Building Renovation Technician
Experiential learning
Field Placement
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Closed
Jan. 2020 Closed
May 2020 N/A
International students
Sept. 2019 Closed
Jan. 2020 Closed
May 2020 N/A

Full Description


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. 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
  • Finishes
  • Drywall installation and finishing
  • Site management
  • Cabinetry
  • Stair construction
  • Building code
  • Basics in electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems
  • Estimating

Note: 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

Experiential Learning

Field Placement

Your Field Study options

This program offers two field placement opportunities in semester 3 and semester 4. George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential work experience opportunities. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue self-directed industry work experience opportunities they believe would provide the learning experiences they value and meet the learning outcomes of the program. This valuable work experience can in turn be added to your resume.

In addition to more formal on-the-job work experience, George Brown College endeavours to provide additional learning opportunities with real-world challenges and clients. Find out more about field education at our Industry Liaison office.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop and use strategies for ongoing professional development to remain current with industry changes, enhance work performance and explore career opportunities.
  2. Comply with health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations.
  3. Assist in the preparation of material estimations and quotes and complete all work in compliance with the rights and conditions of contractual obligations, the Ontario and/or National Building Codes, applicable laws, bylaws, standards and ethical practices in the construction, renovation and conservation building fields.
  4. Incorporate sustainability practices in the implementation of building construction, renovation and conservation projects in accordance with sustainable building guidelines.
  5. Communicate and collaborate with diverse clients, supervisors, coworkers and tradespersons to complete projects on time and to maintain effective working relationships.
  6. Interpret project plans and produce technical sketches and documents to support building construction and renovation projects.
  7. Select and use technologies to obtain, organize and communicate building construction and renovation information.
  8. Solve problems related to the implementation of building construction and renovation projects by applying the principles of basic technical mathematics, building design and building science.
  9. Select, maintain and safely use hand tools, and portable and stationary power tools, when performing layout, cutting, fitting and assembly operations.
  10. Complete building and renovation stages, from site layout and footings to the application of interior and exterior finishes, in accordance with blueprint specifications and conservation principles.
  11. Select a range of materials and equipment for their appropriate application to building construction and renovation projects.
  12. Schedule and assist in monitoring the progression of building construction and renovation projects by applying basic principles and strategies of project management.
  13. Apply basic business principles and strategies to the operation of a building construction and/or renovation enterprise.

Required Courses

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Please note that students who start T110 or T148 in the Winter term will take 1st and 2nd semester courses in alternatively delivered formats.


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BLDG1009Residential Wood Frame Construction
DRFT1006Architectural Plan Interpretation 1
GHUM1106History of Architecture
COMM1007College English
MATH1136Mathematics for Building Technologies 1


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BLDG1081Construction Safety and Rigging
BLDG1082Construction Layout
BLDG2003ICI Renovation
DRFT2017Architectural Plan Interpretation 2
GSCI1022Building Science and the Environment
MATH1146Mathematics for Building Technologies 2


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BLDG1020Interior Millwork and Finishes
BLDG2033Field Placement 1
BLDG2052Methods of Measurement: Renovation and Redevelopment
BLDG3027Deconstruction Methods
COMM1113Professional Communications for Building Technologies
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BLDG2008Associated Trades – Applied Theory and Applications
BLDG2027Field Placement 2
BLDG2071Site Management and Industry Practices
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in many areas of the renovation and construction field. Opportunities may include:

  • Renovation
  • General contracting
  • Custom home building
  • Carpentry
  • Site supervision
  • Estimating
  • Technical sales
  • Home inspections

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 Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree program are available from the Building Renovation Technology advanced diploma program (T148). Bridge courses will be required. For more information, see

Educational/Degree Pathway

Pathways for direct entry into the third year of the Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree program are available from the Building Renovation Technology advanced diploma program (T148).

For more information, see



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 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

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

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 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

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.

How Do I Apply to the Program

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

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)

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