Building Construction Technician

42 weeks Ontario College Diploma

Build full-size houses in the carpentry lab


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2024: 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.

Semester 1

BTT025 Tools & Equipment
CAR015 Site Layout and Foundation Systems- Theory
CAR016 Site Layout & Foundations - Lab
CAR075 Blueprint Reading I
CMM125 College Communications
MTH119 Math for Carpenters
WLD008 Welding for Carpenters

Semester 2

CAR032 Wood Framing
CAR095 Finishes 1
GENED General Education Elective - Online (BCT Sem 2)
HUM100 Interpersonal Relations

Semester 3

CAR042 Stair Construction
CAR085 Blueprint Reading II
CAR090 Estimating for Residential Structures
CAR100 Finishes 2
CAR200 Work Placement
PFN100 Personal Finance

2024-25 42 weeks Ontario College Diploma

Commerce Court Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $5440.5 $1362.5 $135 - $6938

2024-25 42 weeks Ontario College Diploma

Commerce Court Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $31095.06 $1942.5 $135 - $33172.56


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


Canadore College has implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to enhance your learning experience in and out of the classroom while ensuring flexibility in learning.

To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

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
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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