Architectural Technician Certificate (formerly Drafting)

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Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) are increasingly being used in architectural and engineering firms, government offices, and private industry. Through project-based learning, with instructional presentations and laboratory work, students will learn the latest CAD and BIM software (such as Autodesk Revit Structure, AutoCAD and SketchUp), as well as critical thinking sills; trades skills that are essential in a career as an Architectural Technician.

Program Hours: The Architectural Technician Certificate program run Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September 10 months Certificate or diploma (with additional specialty) Downtown Full-time

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The first step, apply early. Students who have officially applied and met all admission requirements are sent a letter of acceptance approximately four to five months in advance of the next available start date. A first payment is required to reserve a space in the program.

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Program Description

Program Description

This is one of the five drafting programs available at VCC. In the first two months, students learn concepts, techniques and accepted practices in the drafting industry. Students learn computer-aided drafting and are introduced to specialty areas of drafting.

In the final eight months of the program graduates of this program will have developed the drafting and 3D modeling skills which will enable them to enter the workforce in many areas as team members in architectural firms, consulting engineering firms, municipal, provincial or federal offices, as well as in private industry. Graduates will be prepared to work on a wide variety of residential housing developments, commercial buildings and institutional complexes.

Upon completion of the initial 10 month Architectural Technician Certificate, a VCC diploma may be earned by completing a second drafting specialty (terms 2 & 3, 8 months training) in either Steel Detailing or Civil/Structural.

For further information about this program, please call Bruce McGarvie, department head, at 604.871.7000, ext. 8536 or email bmcgarvie@vcc.ca.

Check out the Labour Market Navigator for a summary of the provincial outlook for occupations in this field.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements on a first-qualified, first-served basis.(applicants who have completed Drafting 11 and 12 in high school can apply for direct entry into Term 2 of the program).

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent.
  • English 12 with a C, or equivalent OR
  • English Language Proficiency at an English 12 level or (CLB/CLBPT scores: Listening 8, Speaking 7, Reading 8, and Writing 7 or better).
  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 OR 72% on VCC Intermediate Algebra Assessment.
  • All requests for transfer credits or course exemptions for all courses in the program must be submitted with application to the program. Download the Request for Transfer Credit PDF form. Requests for diploma eligibility received after the program has started will not be approved.
Applicants who have met all the above requirements and have completed Drafting 11 and 12 in high school can apply for direct entry into Level 2 of the program. VCC CAD Citation graduates may insert into level 2 of the program

Recommended Characteristics:

  • High school drafting and physics courses, or other related work experience is an asset
  • Excellent English communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Windows OS
  • General good health, good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
  • Good mathematical and mechanical comprehension
  • Successful work habits and an ability to work well with others
  • Logical reasoning and an ability to visualize objects
  • An interest in all aspects of architecture, general construction and related fields
  • Ability to work in both imperial and metric units of measurement

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $6035
Student Union Fee $89
College Initiative Fee $101
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146
U-Pass Fee $451
Other Costs
$21 - Graduation Fees
$121 - Campus Resource Fee
$1000 - Approximate Textbooks & Supplies
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

B.C.'s growing construction and architecture sector is in need of certified architectural technicians, civil/structural technicians, and steel detailing technicians. VCC's citation, certificate and degree programs teach students the latest CAD and BIM software, as well as the important critical thinking skills needed to succeed as a technician.

Attend an info session to participate in hands-on software demonstrations, learn about the importance of CAD and BIM technologies, and hear about the exciting projects that VCC grads have worked on. 

Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.


Date Day Time Room Location
May 9, 2018 Wednesday 4 - 5 p.m. 718 Downtown
May 23, 2018 Wednesday 4 - 5 p.m. 718 Downtown
June 6, 2018 Wednesday 4 - 5 p.m. 718 Downtown
June 20, 2018 Wednesday 4 - 5 p.m. 718 Downtown

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights


Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(DRFT 1010) CAD Drafting Fundamentals
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4 credits
(DRFT 1011) CAD Drafting Applied
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3 credits
(DRFT 1012) Office and Construction Site Safety
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1 credits
(DRFT 1013) Construction Mathematics
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1 credits

Term 2

(DRFT 1270) Residential Design
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1 credits
(DRFT 1271) Site Planning
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1 credits
(DRFT 1272) Codes and Regulations 1
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1 credits
(DRFT 1273) Construction Assemblies 1
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1 credits
(DRFT 1274) Single Family Residences
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5 credits
(DRFT 1275) Codes and Regulations 2
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1 credits
(DRFT 1276) Construction Assemblies 2
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1 credits
(DRFT 1277) Multi Family Residences
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3.5 credits
(DRFT 1278) Drawing Plan Reading
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0.5 credits

Term 3

(DRFT 1326) Job Search Skills
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0.5 credits  course outline
(DRFT 1370) Technical Communications
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1 credits
(DRFT 1371) Codes and Regulations 3
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1 credits
(DRFT 1372) Construction Assemblies 3
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1 credits
(DRFT 1373) Commercial Retail Buildings
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3 credits
(DRFT 1374) Introduction to 3D and BIM
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3.5 credits
(DRFT 1375) Commercial Layouts Using BIM
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6 credits


Drafting student looking at a blue print.
Drafting students at a construction site.
Drafting students at a bridge construction site.
Drafting floor plans.
Drafting students at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
VCC drafting students surveying the land property.
VCC drafting students are on a construction site.