This three-year program was the first of its kind in Ontario.

There is a growing demand for qualified, knowledgeable and professional renovators and custom home builders in the construction industry. According to the Canadian Home Builders Association, more than half the spending in the Canadian construction industry takes place in the renovation field. This three-year program is designed to prepare you for employment in the carpentry trade and management areas of the renovation and construction field, with sustainable design business principles being key.


Program name
Building Renovation Technology
Experiential learning
Mandatory Field Placement
3 years (6 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

Student Performing Renovations

This program is designed to teach you new construction and building renovation skills from both an applied perspective and a management perspective, including carpentry techniques and new materials applications while providing a solid understanding of the renovation-related trades.

Hands-on training takes place in fully equipped labs where students practice current techniques related to renovations and new home construction, using sustainable design principles. The third year of the program focuses on project management skills required to work in a supervisory role. 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.

Practical applications include:

  • Residential construction and renovations
  • Millwork
  • Demolition
  • Framing
  • Finishes
  • Drywall installation and finishing
  • Site management
  • Cabinetry
  • Stair construction
  • Building code
  • Basic electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems.

Business skills include:

  • Business management
  • Marketing
  • Client relations
  • Project management
  • Site management
  • Scheduling
  • Controlling, estimating and bookkeeping
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Inspections

You will also learn how to use and apply computer software and technology currently used in the construction industry, including spreadsheets, computer-aided design, estimating, project management and presentation tools.

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.

This program is unique in Ontario.

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

Mandatory Field Placement

Your Field Study options

This program requires the successful completion of two semesters of field placement. 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 and monitor health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations.
  3. Prepare quotes and monitor that work is completed 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 building construction and renovation field.
  4. Promote and maintain sustainability practices in the implementation of building construction and renovation projects.
  5. Facilitate collaboration and interaction among a range of tradespersons and project stakeholders to support timely completion of building construction and renovation projects.
  6. Review and interpret project plans and produce technical sketches and documents to support building construction and renovation projects.
  7. Use technologies to obtain, analyze, organize and communicate building construction and renovation information.
  8. Analyze and solve technical problems related to the design and implementation of building construction and renovation projects by applying the principles of advanced 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. Evaluate the methods employed and the use of equipment and materials involved in the completion of building construction and renovation projects.
  12. Schedule, coordinate and monitor the progression of building construction and renovation projects by applying principles and strategies of project management.
  13. Design and implement business strategies to develop home building, renovation and re-development enterprises.
  14. Apply leadership, supervision and interpersonal skills to manage building construction and renovation projects.

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
BLDG 1009Residential Wood Frame Construction
DRFT1006Architectural Plan Interpretation 1
GHUM1106History of Architecture
COMM1007College English
MATH1136Mathematics for Building Technologies 1


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BLDG 1081Construction Safety & Rigging
BLDG 1082Construction Layout
DRFT 2017Architectural Plan Interpretation 2
GSCI 1022Building Science & Environment
PORT 1001Portfolio
BLDG2003ICI Renovation
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


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BLDG2047Planning and Scheduling
BLDG3153Residential Design 1 (CAD)
BLDG3154Construction Economics and Real Estate Property Development
BLDG3155Business Management and Development
BLDG3158Financial Management and Bookkeeping


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BLDG1013Zoning and Building Regulations
BLDG1164Fundamentals of Building Science
BLDG2022Law and Construction Contracts
BLDG3026Sustainable Building Rating Systems and Renovation Practices
BLDG3159Residential Design 2 (CAD)
BLDG3161Building Renovation Project Management Capstone

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Your Career

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

  • Renovation
  • General contracting
  • Custom home building
  • Green technology
  • Site supervision
  • Project management
  • Estimating
  • Technical sales
  • Home inspections
  • Carpentry
  • Self-employment

Future Study Options

Qualified graduates may be eligible for direct entry into the third year of the George Brown College Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) (T316) degree program. Bridge courses will be required.

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Educational/Degree Pathway

Qualified graduates may be eligible for direct entry into the third year of the George Brown College Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree program. Bridge courses will be required.

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$3,975.00 *

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 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

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.

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