The Residential Construction Management postgraduate program provides a hands-on environment for you to learn the specialized skills employers value in residential construction management: procurement, quality control and defects prevention. Class and lab work is project based to replicate on-site construction activities and will expose you to current industry practices and procedures. Students may be eligible for partial tuition scholarships sponsored by RESCON.

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Program name
Residential Construction Management
Experiential learning
Placement with a member firm of RESCON
2 semesters
Starting month
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 N/A
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 Open
International students
This program is currently only available to domestic students.

Full Description

Residentail Home Builder

The Residential Construction Management graduate certificate program is offered in collaboration with the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON). The program is open to domestic graduates of a three-year Construction and Civil Engineering Technology program and will provide you with opportunities to broaden your existing skills for work on low-rise and high-rise residential construction projects. This includes gaining experience in estimating, scheduling and controlling costs of residential construction projects as well as applying workplace practices that ensure compliance with relevant health and safety legislation and regulations.

The program provides a hands-on environment for you to learn the specialized skills employers value in residential project management: procurement, quality control and defects prevention. Class and lab work is project based to replicate on-site construction activities and will give you increased practice in current industry practices and procedures.

Key features of the program:

  • Class size is a maximum of 15 students. This smaller class size provides increased access to lab facilities and instructor interaction
  • Semester 1 classes are scheduled for three days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday) to assist students who wish to work part-time while in the program
  • Semester 2 consists of a 4-month paid field placement with a member of RESCON. This placement provides you with real-life opportunities to practice skills learned in first semester

Experiential Learning

Placement with a member firm of RESCON

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Assess requirements for construction industry business planning and management.
  2. Formulate strategies for human resource planning and management.
  3. Analyze and explain the fundamentals of building codes and legal issues including contract law.
  4. Assess safe work practices including risk analysis and risk management theory, assisting in the formulation of options on the basis of specific project/operational requirements.
  5. Produce, analyze and present data in graphic, oral and written formats to communicate residential construction project information effectively and accurately.
  6. Estimate, schedule and control costs of residential construction proficiently, in accordance with best practices in construction management.
  7. Coordinate time, cost and quantity for the successful completion of work for residential construction projects.
  8. Select and use appropriate electronic technology to support residential construction projects.
  9. Formulate the principles and practice of team-building in an interdisciplinary setting, and integrate negotiation and problem-solving skills.
  10. Analyze technical problems and integrate knowledge of mechanical, structural and finish components of buildings in a residential project.
  11. Evaluate technical and historic construction field information for use on bidding on and planning residential construction projects.

Required Courses

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semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BLDG4011Quality Control & Defect Prevention
BLDG4012Home Design & Value Engineering
BLDG4013Purchasing and Bid Processes
BLDG4014Residential Construction Project Management
BLDG4015High Rise Residential Construction


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BLDG1080Field Placement (4 months) from September to December

Detailed course outlines

The Industry

The Residential Construction Management postgraduate program was developed in response to industry demand for graduates with exposure to the residential sector, supported by a $500,000 endowment from RESCON. Together, George Brown and RESCON have created a co-operative education program specifically focused on the needs of the residential sector (both low rise and high rise). This partnership allows students to complete a four-month intensive semester at the Centre for Construction & Engineering Technologies followed by a four-month field placement at a RESCON member firm. The program has been successfully preparing graduates with on-the-job experience in the residential sector since its launch in 2013.

Your Career

Graduates will be able to fill roles in the residential construction sector such as:

  • Junior Estimator
  • Junior Residential Construction Manager
  • Junior Residential Construction Project Manager
  • Junior Site Superintendent
  • Junior Project Coordinator


$3,564.00 *

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.

Financial Assistance

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

Admission Requirements

  • 3-year advanced diploma in Construction Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering or equivalent*
  • Minimum program GPA of 2.7
  • Department interview (resume required)
  • Space is limited

* Main criteria to determine equivalency will be based on gained knowledge of the following:

  • Wood-frame construction details and principles
  • Canadian construction industry standards, procedures, protocols and codes
  • Canadian estimating and bidding practices

Please note that Domestic applicants who are submitting International transcripts require a Canadian equivalency evaluation. This can be obtained through ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service) or WES (World Education Services).

English Language Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

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