Building Construction Technician

42 weeks Ontario College Diploma

Build full-size houses in the carpentry lab


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2021, Commerce Court – North Bay

Complete a two-year diploma in just 42 weeks! Canadore has one of the largest carpentry labs in Ontario with over 14,000 sq. ft. of training space – large enough to have two full-size houses built within its walls. In this program you will gain the hands-on skills needed to work in the growing building construction industry. You will learn how to operate the tools and equipment of the trade, layout and construct wood frame structures, apply interior and exterior finishes, and much more.

Includes a two-week work placement

Note: Successful completion is equivalent to Level 1 Apprenticeship
in-class portion.

Your Future Career

  • Commercial and residential carpentry
  • Project design, planning and management
  • Construction companies
  • General contracting
  • Self-employment

What You Learn

  • Site layout and foundation systems
  • Interior and exterior finishes
  • Estimating
  • Wood framing
  • Stair construction
  • Ontario Building Code

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

BTT 025 Tools & Equipment
CAR 010 Site Layout
CAR 022 Foundation Systems
WLD 008 Welding for Carpenters (5 weeks)
MTH 108 Trades Calculations
CMM 125 College Communications

Semester 2

CAR 032 Wood Framing
CAR 095 Finishes 1
GENED General Education Elective - Online (BCT Sem 2)
HUM 100 Interpersonal Relations

Semester 3

CAR 070 Blueprint Reading
CAR 090 Estimating for Residential Structures
CAR 042 Stair Construction
CAR 100 Finishes 2
PFN 100 Personal Finance
CAR 200 Work Placement

Ancillary fees have been reviewed as a result of COVID-19 and alternative service and program delivery plans. For current ancillary fees details please see

2021-2022 42 weeks Ontario College Diploma

Commerce Court Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $5440.5 $908 $65 - $6413.5

2021-2022 42 weeks Ontario College Diploma

Commerce Court Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $26359.05 $1488 $65 - $27912.05

Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 

You will also need:

  • CSA approved work boots, Grade 1 (green patch) - apx. $150.00
  • CSA approved safety glasses, Class 1 - apx. $20.00
  • CSA approved hard hat, coloured, Type 1, Class E / Type 2, Class E - apx. $25.00 
  • CSA approved hearing protection, Class B - apx. $20.00
  • Nail apron - apx. $60.00
  • Hammer - apx. $40.00
  • Imperial tape measure - apx. $25.00
  • Utility knife - apx. $15.00
  • Pull saw, fine tooth - apx. $20.00
  • Set of chisels (1/4", 1/2", 3/4", 1") - apx. $40.00
  • Butt chisel, 1 1/4" - $20.00
  • Mason line - apx. $10.00
  • Aviation snips - apx. $15.00
  • Combination square - apx. $15.00
  • Drafting equipment - imperial scale, 30/60, 45 set squares, eraser, eraser shield, pencil HB/2H, T-square - apx. $60.00
  • 12-15point crosscut saw- apx. $20.00
  • Chalk line and chalk – apx. $15.00
  • Cats paw nail puller- apx. $10.00
  • High visibility vest - apx. $20.00

Canadore College will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Fall 2020 to enhance students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure student flexibility in learning. To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

Ontario College Diploma

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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