Get an advanced diploma in building renovation tech - 2022/2023
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.
BRY1 program progression
|Start Level 1||Level 2||Co-op|
|Level 3||Level 4||Co-op|
|Co-op||Level 5||Level 6/End|
Admission Requirements - 2022/2023
OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
• Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
• Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above
• Applicants who lack the required course may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.
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
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, 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
- 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
- Summer employment in construction or related activity
- 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 CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- 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)
- 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.
Building Renovation Technology-2022/2023
|CONS-1047||Drawings & Takeoff-Intro||3|
|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-1024||Materials & Methods 1||4|
|This course, based on residential construction, will offer the students insight to both Methods and Materials involved in excavation, formwork and floor framing.|
|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-1076||Forming & Framing||3|
|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-1020||Co-operative Education Employment Prep||1|
|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.|
|WRIT-1039||Reason & Writing 1-Technology||3|
|This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.|
|In this course, students will apply residential building knowledge in a hands on project driven learning environment. Floor, wall, and roof framing will be the main focus of study throughout the term.|
|MATS-1025||Materials & Methods 2||4|
|This course, based on residential construction, will offer the students insight to both Methods and Materials involved in framing and exterior finishing. Green and sustainable building practice will be an underlying theme throughout the course.|
|CONS-3020||Construction Takeoff & Ordering||3|
|In this course, the student will be introduced to general quantity surveying principles, and basic rules for take-off. Students will calculate lengths, areas, and volumes for a single storey residential/commercial building on a level site. Included will be the calculation of quantities in the following area: site work, excavation, concrete, formwork, masonry and framing. Students will incorporate blue-print reading, code requirements and safety regulations in preparing the above quantities.|
|This course will take the knowledge gained from Intro to Drawings & Takeoff and apply it to prepare preliminary and working drawings. Basic orthographic and isometric sketching skills, which are a useful communication tool on the job site, will also be covered.|
|HIST-1045||Canadian Residential Building History||3|
|This course is a study of residential construction techniques and materials in Canada from the Victorian era until the present. Significant developments in style, technology, and techniques of construction will be studied to provide the student with and understanding of the evolution of residential construction.|
|This course will provide the student with an understanding of the design and installation of residential and light commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems as well as an introduction to estimating HVAC materials and pricing selection from common trade sources.|
|MGMT-1231||Construction Administration 1||4|
|Students will be introduced to aspects of managing the operation of a business and management of projects from the perspective of general contractors. Students will examine the fundamentals of building code, permit process and project specifications. General business principles, human resources, financial management, job costing and contracts will also be covered.|
|CONS-3021||Construction Estimating 1||3|
|In this course, students will take-off and prepare quantities for residential buildings. Included will be the applications of principles and recognized methods for take-off. The students will prepare quantities in the areas of foundations, wood framing, and exterior cladding. After preparing the quantities, the students will integrate material, labour, and equipment unit pricing.|
|LAWS-1030||Contracts in Society||3|
|This course will provide the student with an understanding of contractual rights and responsibilities in Canadian Society, as well as an historical understanding of the development of legal principles of contract law in Canada. This course will also focus on understanding the individual's relationship with others in society as governed by contract law.|
|MATS-3016||Materials & Methods 3||3|
|Materials and methods applied in residential exterior finish is the focus of this hands-on course. Students will identify appropriate building materials, tools and processes necessary to install a variety of exterior finishes on a home. Practical skills will be developed during the lab component offered in a simulated work place environment.|
|This course will introduce students to basic surveying methods and commonly used equipment. Exercises in leveling, setting grades, and building layout will be conducted. Students will be introduced to basic calculations for grading, lot bearings, and determining angles from bearings.|
|MGMT-5073||Construction Administration 2||4|
|In Construction Administration students will gain the ability to plan a residential building project and assess the feasibility of an income property from a management perspective. Students will demonstrate the use of computers and appropriate software to research, create and interpret relevant data necessary to complete assigned tasks. Group and individual exercises will drive the content of this management course.|
|This course will introduce the students to computer aided design programs, which will enable them to access and manipulate residential construction drawings using design software. Other software will be introduced as a tool for creating conceptual models.|
|This course will provide the student with an understanding of the design, installation, and terminology of residential and light commercial plumbing systems as well as an introduction to estimating plumbing materials and pricing selection from common trade sources.|
|This electrical course will give the students a basic understanding of electrical installation requirements and electrical terminology as it applies to the construction trades.|
|CONS-3045||Construction Estimating 2||3|
|Students will continue to takeoff quantities for a 2 storey residential project including items of insulation, air-moisture-vapour barriers, exterior cladding, roofing and interior finishes. Students will continue to estimate costs using materials, equipment and labour unit rates, and determine productivity factors for these items of work.|
|MATS-5008||Materials & Methods 4||3|
|This course will provide the construction technician student with the knowledge and skills required to plan, organize, and execute the interior finishing of a typical residential construction project. Students will continue the examination of materials, building techniques, planning and installation which will be used on the jobsite.|
|This hands-on project driven course will enable students to gain abilities in the advanced use of tools and equipment required in residential construction. Students will synthesize performance properties, potential and limitations of equipment, material and processes in order to construct five take home projects. Training and certification in the use of specialized equipment relative to the construction sector will also be offered within the course.|
|ENGR-3020||Residential Energy Management||4|
|This course will involve an examination of the principles of sustainability and sustainable communities. The course will focus on sustainable systems (e.g., solar, geothermal), products, and methodologies and their application to residential energy management. Students will investigate and apply energy rating systems and the digital technologies of energy management systems.|
|FINA-1054||Financial Management & Bookkeeping||4|
|This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the financial knowledge and skills required for managing a construction or renovation operation. This will include business financing and the role of banks, shareholders, and private investors; government reporting requirements (e.g., HST, payroll); cash flow management, bookkeeping fundamentals; and basic accounting principles (e.g., income, balance sheets, cash flow statements).|
|In this course, students will build on their experiences with construction software to use CAD software for design applications. This course will cover fundamental principles of design for residential and light commercial construction and renovation.|
|COMM-3083||Communications for Renovation Technology||3|
|Students will expand on their report writing skills in this course. They will also enhance their communication skills for digital communication and for working with a diverse range of stakeholders (e.g. clients, employers, employees, tradespersons). The course will also focus on conflict resolution principles and considerations for communication across cultures.|
|In this course, students will prepare a business plan for a new or existing construction or renovation operation. They will gain an understanding of the key components of a successful business plan, market research principles and strategies, and the unique considerations for construction sector business development.|
|MGMT-3083||Labour Relations Management||3|
|This course will provide a comprehensive overview of Canadian labour relations from a supervisory or management perspective. Topics will include human resources principles; working in a unionized environment; hiring, training, and conducting performance reviews; wage determination; motivating employees; and employer responsibilities.|
|CADD-3036||CAD/Design 2 & BIM||4|
|In this course, students will build on their experiences with construction software to use CAD software for design applications. This course will cover additional principles of design for residential and light commercial construction and renovation, and it will include an introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Integrated Practice.|
|MGMT-3084||Construction Site Management||3|
|This course focuses on site supervision and management including operations management or site organization, managing clients and conflict, zoning and bylaw requirements, site safety and amenities, and advanced scheduling techniques.|
|In this capstone course, students will apply the knowledge and skills they gained throughout the program to prepare a design and plan for a residential construction or renovation project including a full schedule, a financial budget for the project, and a feasibility analysis for the project. Students will practice their communication skills in a final presentation of their design projects.|
Careers - 2022/2023
Career OpportunitiesGraduates will likely find employment in entry level positions in residential and light commercial sectors of the construction industry as custom homebuilders and renovators, carpenters, general contractors, home and building inspectors, estimators, energy efficiency and green/sustainable builders and project managers.
More Information - 2022/2023
A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactDonald J. Smith School of Building Technology: 519-452-4414
Program DescriptionThis 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 Ontario Building Code, introduced in January 2017, which dramatically increased the requirement for buildings to be sustainable and highly energy efficient.
This three year program has two co-operative education work terms. Students can choose to participate in a four-month paid co-op term from May to August between years one and two of academic study. The second work term is eight months and takes place May to December following the completion of the second year of academic study.
Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma. More information about co-operative Education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op.
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*.
This program will share curriculum with the one-year Carpentry and Renovation Techniques Certificate (CRQ1) and the two-year Carpentry and Renovation Technician Diploma (CRT1) programs and offer a pathway or laddering opportunity for graduates of those programs.
For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
Program DetailsMore details
2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through ontariocolleges.ca.