Program Overview

Building Renovation Technology is a three-year advanced diploma program with a co-operative education component. Students will learn to plan, implement, and lead building and renovation projects. Graduates of this program will be equipped with proven skills through two co-op education work terms.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
90 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

Your Learning Experience

This three-year Building Renovation Technology Advanced Diploma program will prepare students to plan, implement, and lead building and renovation projects and equip them with the skills to manage the technical and business operations related to a range of building projects in the residential and light commercial sectors of the construction industry.

The program will address the changes in the Ontario Building Code, introduced in January 2017, which dramatically increased the requirement for buildings to be sustainable and highly energy efficient.


Co-op Opportunities & Career Information

Co-Op Opportunities 

The Building Renovation Technology program offers a cooperative education component, which provides students the opportunity to gain invaluable first-hand workplace experience within their chosen field. Here are some co-op jobs that have kick-started the careers of some Building Renovation Technology students before even graduating! 

Crew Member
Become a productive roofing crew member where you’ll learn all aspects of flat and angle roofing while working on residential and commercial projects.

Carpentry Helper
Get used to the tools of the trade and plenty of experience helping to frame houses as well as building and renovations to a client’s specification. 

Kitchen Designer
Help clients realize the kitchen of their dreams by advising on cabinet layout, selection of materials and colours. 


For more information regarding co-op, please check out our co-op site or contact the Co-op Office at to connect with a consultant.


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Building Renovation Technology program can find employment in entry level positions in residential and light commercial sectors of the construction industry, including custom homebuilders and renovators, carpenters, general contractors, home and building inspectors, estimators, energy efficiency and green/sustainable builders and project managers.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Building Renovation Technology program:

Survey Technician 
Use robotic total states, survey instruments, digital levels and 3D laser scanners to assist survey crew in the field.

Handyman Helper
Get involved in a little bit of everything, such as building fences, decks, general carpentry, patios, drywall repair and finishing.

Control Mechanic
Perform skilled electrical work associated with direct digital control and pneumatic environmental control systems and other related processes.

Program Progression


Start Level 1Level 2Co-op
Level 3Level 4Co-op
Co-opLevel 5Level 6/End


renovating a house frame
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 the 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*.


Program Coordinator:

Rob Murison


Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant with the following course:

- Grade 12 Math (C or U)

             - MCT4C is the preferred college math to ensure adequate academic preparation for this program.

Students who do not meet the admission requirements are recommended for academic upgrading. A conditional offer may be possible with proof of enrolment. Alternatively, applicants may choose to do the one-year Pre-Technology preparatory program that provides all the admission requirements for this program.

International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Summer employment in construction or related activity
Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

  • Credit for any course in the program will be given to students who can demonstrate that they have the required skills to meet the objectives of the course.
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Building Renovation Technology program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Building Renovation Technology program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Building Renovation Technology program.


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CONS-1047Drawings & Takeoff-Intro3
The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the basics of reading building construction blueprints for residential projects. In addition, students will be introduced to basic construction quantity takeoff to help reinforce the reading and interpretation of blueprints.
MATS-1024Materials & Methods 14
This course, based on residential construction, will offer the students insight to both Methods and Materials involved in excavation, formwork and floor framing.
COMP-1327Computer Applications3
This course will provide a study of word processing and spreadsheet functions as utilized by the construction industry. This study will be applied to the efficient creation of reports and to the utilization of spreadsheets to produce construction project related data.
CONS-1076Forming & Framing3
In this course, students will apply residential building knowledge in a hands on, project driven learning environment. Building layout, concrete formwork and floor framing will be the main focus of study throughout the term.
In this course students will be introduced to the safe use, care and maintenance of a variety of hand, portable, and stationary power tools typically used in residential construction. The practical nature of this project-driven course will facilitate accurate, efficient and effective use of construction tools.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.
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Tuition Summary


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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.