Architectural Technician

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Program Code: 3101

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Morningside Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8123

The Architectural Technician program prepares you for a career in the construction industry working with architects, engineers, builders, contractors and municipal building departments.

In Architectural Technician courses, using state-of-the-art computer technology, you learn to prepare designs, construction drawings and specifications needed to communicate with clients, construction professionals and approval authorities. One of the hands-on elements of the offering sees you creating drawings for residential, industrial, commercial and institutional building types.

You are also introduced to building materials, construction methods, structural design, mechanical and electrical services, building codes, contracts, specifications, and the business environment for providing design and construction services.

Centennial College's Architectural Technician program places a strong emphasis on protecting the environment, energy conservation, and sustainable design and construction strategies.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ARCH-101 Design and Computer Aided Drafting Project 1 Morningside Campus
ARCH-102 Architectural CAD 1 Morningside Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
ENVR-101 Environment 1 Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
MATH-111 Mathematics for Architecture 1 Morningside Campus
MATM-101 Materials and Methods 1 Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
ARAP-124 Applied Physics Morningside Campus
ARCH-121 Design and Computer Aided Drafting Project 2 Morningside Campus
ENVR-123 Environment 2 Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus
MATH-112 Mathematics for Architecture 2 Morningside Campus
MATM-122 Materials and Methods 2 Morningside Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
ACHS-204 Construction Health & Safety Morningside Campus
ARBC-205 Builders and Contractors Morningside Campus
ARCH-201 Design and Computer Aided Drafting Project 3 Morningside Campus
ARCH-206 History of Architecture Morningside Campus
ENVR-203 Environment 3 Morningside Campus
MATM-202 Materials and Methods 3 Morningside Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
ARBS-222 Building Services 1 Morningside Campus
ARCH-221 Design and Computer Aided Drafting Project 4 Morningside Campus
ARGR-224 Architectural Graphics Morningside Campus
ARST-305 Structures Morningside Campus
ENVR-223 Environment 4 Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus

Companies Offering Jobs

Romanov Romanov, Architects; Hunt Design Associates Inc., Lapointe Architects Cassidy & Company Architectural Technologists

Program Highlights

  • A project-based curriculum in the Architectural Technician program, focusing on a different building type each semester, and a strong foundation in technical skills and knowledge, prepare you for the job market.
  • A strong emphasis on energy-efficient design and other sustainable design strategies responds to a growing demand in the building industry.
  • Program faculty members hold advanced degrees, licenses and/or credentials in architecture, architectural technology, building science, engineering and green building.
  • Many program faculty members are current industry practitioners.
  • Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply for the full, three-year Architectural Technology program. However, qualified graduates of this two-year Architectural Technician program may apply to transfer into the third year to complete the Architectural Technology program.

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates of the Architectural Technician program may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • Algoma University, Ontario
  • Algonquin College, Ontario
  • Davenport University, USA
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario
  • Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario

Professional Associations

Graduates may apply for:

  • Membership in the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO)
  • Building Code Identification Number (BCIN)
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) professional credential


CTAB Nationally Accredited Program

The Architectural Technician program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).


Career Outlook

  • Architectural designer
  • Interior design draftsperson
  • Architectural draftsperson
  • Architectural illustrator
  • Architectural renderer
  • Landscape draftsperson
  • Mechanical draftsperson
  • Draftsperson
  • Plans examiner
  • Building inspector
  • Planning assistant

Academic Requirements

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $932.00 $3,699.00
International $12,800.00 $2,127.00 $14,927.00