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Construction Trades Techniques Cert GBC

Construction Trades Techniques Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

The construction industry is one of Canada’s largest employers and skilled trades workers are among the highest paid and most in demand in Canada.

This three-term Construction Trades Techniques program offers you choices when considering a career in the construction sector by exposing you to a variety of trades.  This program covers popular construction trade areas:

  • Electrical/Millwrighting
  • Sheet Metal/Air Conditioning/Carpentry
  • Welding/Steamfitting/Plumbing

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Course Delivery

This Construction Trades Techniques certificate program is offered at the Casa Loma Campus of George Brown College.

To gain confidence and experience in the individual trade sections, you will be assigned practical projects interwoven with theoretical learning.   All this information will help you make informed career choices as well as a good understanding of the construction process.


You will be bringing a broad range of skills to your future employer.  Once you have decided which sector of the industry interests you, you can seek employment in that area.

You may also wish to increase your marketability and knowledge by continuing on to a one-year, two-year or three-year program at George Brown College.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate clearly and concisely in written, graphic and oral form using appropriate formal and informal vocabulary and formats;
  2. Display appropriate responsible attitudes;
  3. Perform surveys, prepare and interpret engineering drawings and specifications using
  4. standard conventions, techniques and equipment;
  5. Prepare quantity take-offs of construction materials and estimate prices for contracts;
  6. Inspect materials, take samples, conduct tests, and compare and compile data in accordance with standard formats and procedures;
  7. Apply the principles of design to structural and municipal systems, using standard materials in compliance with the related regulations and codes;
  8. Lay out pavements, the horizontal and vertical alignment of transportation systems, and plan traffic systems;
  9. Select and use operations management techniques to plan, schedule and control engineering projects;
  10. Apply sound practices related to health, safety and the environment to enhance the quality of working life, conforming to related legislation, collective agreements and corporate practices;
  11. Administer engineering contracts within legal, technical, financial, economic, contractual and social limitations;
  12. Use standard microcomputer software for solving engineering problems.

Course Outline


  • BLDG1124:  Introduction to Electrical – Theory
  • BLDG1125:  Introduction to Electrical – Code and Prints
  • BLDG1121:  Experience Electrical Apparatus – Shop
  • BLDG1122:  Introduction to Millwrighting – Theory
  • BLDG1123:  Experience Millwrighting – Shop
  • COMM1007:  College English


  • BLDG1132:  Introduction to Carpentry – Theory
  • BLDG1133:  Experience Carpentry – Shop
  • BLDG1134:  Trade Calculations
  • BLDG1135:  Introduction to Refrigeration – Theory
  • BLDG1137:  Introduction to Sheet Metal – Theory
  • BLDG1138:  Experience Refrigeration – Shop
  • BLDG1139:  Experience Sheet Metal – Shop
  • GNED:  General Education Elective


  • BLDG1110:  Introduction to Welding and Steamfitting – Theory
  • BLDG1111:  Experience Welding and Steamfitting – Shop
  • BLDG1112:  Introduction to Plumbing – Theory
  • BLDG1113:  Experience Plumbing – Shop
  • BLDG1114:  Trade Documentation
  • GNED:  General Education Elective

Course Info

Course Code : T126

College : School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

Duration : one year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Certificate

Fees :

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

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  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. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, or apprenticeship fees have not been included.
  • 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, 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, and health.

Intake Dates :

There are three intake dates every year:

  • January
  • May
  • September

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

  • Review by the School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades  department 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 Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent.  Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions.  You must have also completed the following:
    • Grade 12 English (C or U)
    • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)
  • 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) 6.0 overall band score with no individual band under 5.5
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL
    • Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 80 overall, minimum 20 in each skill band
    • PTE Academic:  54 overall minimum, 50 in each skill band

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