Architectural Technology (Fast-Track)

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Program Code: 3125

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Morningside Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8123

The Architectural Technology (Fast-Track) allows qualified graduates with a degree in architecture (including those from foreign universities) to gain direct admission into the third semester of the three-year Architectural Technology program and receive their diploma in four academic semesters.

This Fast Track program is primarily aimed at internationally-trained professionals seeking knowledge of North American construction practice and language.

In this offering's courses, you use state-of-the-art computer technology to learn to prepare designs, construction drawings, specifications and reports needed to communicate with clients, builders and approval authorities. Activities include preparing drawings for commercial, institutional, complex and multi-use buildings.

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.

Co-op Option

The co-op option in this program will provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while you complete three work terms, as a paid employee in the field. This experience not only allows you to put classroom learning into practice, but will also provide valuable contacts for your future career.

To participate in programs with optional co-op, typically students will complete an application process in the second semester of their studies, and if academically qualified, will be admitted to the co-op program. When you graduate, your diploma will highlight the co-op credential.

Semester 1
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
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
ENVR-203 Environment 3 Morningside Campus
MATM-202 Materials and Methods 3 Morningside Campus
Semester 2
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
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
ARBS-302 Building Services 2 Morningside Campus
ARBW-307 Technical Writing Progress Campus
ARCH-301 Design and CAD Complex Project Morningside Campus
ARPM-225 Project Management Morningside Campus
ARPT-304 Advanced Presentation Techniques Morningside Campus
ARST-306 Advanced Structures Morningside Campus
ENVR-303 Environment 5 Morningside Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
ARBL-324 Building Within the Municipality Morningside Campus
ARCH-321 Design and CAD Multi-Use Project Morningside Campus
ARCL-322 Contracts, Law and Professional Practice & Ethics Morningside Campus
ARPE-326 Understanding the Ontario Building Code Morningside Campus
ARSW-325 Specification Writing and Contracts Progress Campus
ENVR-323 Environment 6 Morningside Campus

Companies Offering Jobs

With companies such as Cassidy & Company, Architectural Technologists, Hunt Design Associates Inc., Romanov Romanov, Architects, and LaPointe Architects hiring program grads, you will not be limited in your options.

Program Highlights

  • Program faculty members have advanced degrees, licences and credentials in architecture, architectural technology, building science, engineering and green building. Among them are many current industry practitioners.
  • The courses include a strong focus on energy-efficient design, sustainable design and construction strategies, and protecting the environment.
  • A project-based curriculum that highlights a different building type each semester, and a strong foundation in technical knowledge give you an advantage.

Educational Partners

Graduates of this program may qualify for the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Architectural Technology and Construction Management degree from the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA) in Denmark, upon completion of two additional semesters of study and an internship.

Graduates of this program may also qualify for advanced standing in the following programs:

  • Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Syllabus, which leads to the RAIC Professional Diploma in Architecture
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology (Architecture – Project and Facility Management) at Conestoga College
  • Bachelor of Building Science at Algonquin College
  • Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) at George Brown College
  • Bachelor of Technology (Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology) at McMaster University

Professional Associations

Graduates may pursue:

  • Ontario Association of Applied Architectural Sciences (OAAAS) membership, which can lead to Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) membership as a Licensed Technologist OAA
  • Building Code Identification Number (BCIN)
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professional credential


CTAB Nationally Accredited Program

The Architectural Technology 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 technologist
  • Architectural CAD operator
  • Architectural drafter
  • Design/builder
  • Building inspector
  • Municipal plans examiner
  • Specifications writer
  • Building material sales representative

Academic Requirements

  • University degree in architecture

Additional Requirements

Co-op Requirements

  • Minimum of 80% of courses completed from year one
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of Semester 2 (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
  • Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will apply to transfer to the co-op program at the end of Semester 2
  • Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for COOP221 in Semester 3

Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.

1. Apply Online

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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.

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2. Submit Documents

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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

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

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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