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Construction Mgmt for Internationally Educated Prof Grad Cert GBC

Construction Mgmt for Internationally Educated Prof Grad Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

If you received your engineering or architecture degree outside Canada but want to work in the growing and increasingly specialized Canadian construction industry, then this one-year Construction Management Graduate Certificate program of George Brown College is for you.

Today’s complex building industry requires professional managers who can function successfully in multidisciplinary teams consisting of:

  • Project managers;
  • Architects;
  • Engineers;
  • Regulators;
  • Environmental consultants;
  • Urban planners;
  • Contractors and;
  • Trade Contractors.

Enrollment in the program will afford you opportunities to apply your prior knowledge and skills to successfully qualify for in-demand, rewarding jobs in Canada.  The program combines:

  • Communications upgrading and;
  • Canadian construction industry orientation and experiences.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category

Course Delivery

This Construction Management Graduate Certificate Program is taught at the Casa La Loma Campus of George Brown College.  Courses are offered on Thursday afternoons, and all day Friday and Saturday, to allow you time to continue working during the program.

This is a three-semester graduate certificate program. 

  • In the first two semesters, you will receive graduate-level training that will build on your internationally acquired education.
  • The third semester is a co-op work term to help you make the transition into the Canadian construction workforce.



Opportunities for you after course completion center on rewarding careers on rewarding local and global jobs such as:

  • Project Coordinator;
  • Estimator;
  • Site Superintendent;
  • Inspector;
  • Construction Coordinator.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation you should be able to function within multidisciplinary teams 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 practiced including risk analysis and risk management theory, assisting in the formulation of options on the basis of specific project/operational requirements;
  5. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills;
  6. Explain the principles of, and demonstrate proficiency in the practices of, construction project management, including planning and evaluation, quality control, information systems management and cost control;
  7. Formulate the principles and practice of team-building in an interdisciplinary setting, and integrate negotiation and problem-solving skills.

Course Outline


  • BLDG1172:  Communication for Construction Managers
  • BLDG1174:  Construction Estimating 1
  • BLDG1175:  Construction Industry Practices
  • BLDG1196:  Construction Methods and Materials
  • HSAF1182:  Construction Health and Safety
  • STS1170:  Career Portfolio


  • BLDG1173:  Construction Contract Law
  • BLDG1180:  Ontario Building Code
  • BLDG1184:  Construction Project Management
  • BLDG1186:  Construction Estimating 2
  • BLDG1187:  Pre-Construction Management Practices
  • BLDG1189:  Work Term Preparation


  • BLDG1191:  Work Term

Course Info

Course Code : T403

College : Angelo DelZotto School of Construction Management

Duration : one year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  13,520 for 2 semesters,  20,280 for 3 semesters
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • The fee for the work term has not been included.  This fee could range from $450 to the cost of a regular term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, health, books and materials.

Intake Dates :

There is only one intake per year and this is JANUARY.

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by the Angelo DelZotto School of Construction Management of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must have completed an International Bachelor's Degree or Three-year Diploma in Civil Engineering, Construction or Architecture.
    • Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions.
    • Please note that International transcripts require a Canadian equivalency evaluation. This can be obtained through ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service) or WES (World Education Services).
  • Demonstrated relevant work experience of one to two years - a resume and an employer's reference are required. 
  • You must complete an online, video interview.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score with no individual band under 6.0
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 88 overall, minimum 22 in each skill band
    • PTE Academic: 60 overall, minimum of 55 in each skill band

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