Architectural drafting

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38 weeks

Full time, Mon - Fri

How to apply

Start date:

Chilliwack, Trades & Technology Centre

$5806.68 (Details)


  • Program eligible for financial aid
  • Small class sizes: instructor/student ratio is 18:1


In this intensive 10-month program, you learn to prepare drawings of residential and commercial buildings that are used for construction and for obtaining building permits. You apply drafting and design techniques and learn to understand industry construction standards and building codes. The civil/survey course within the program teaches the importance of building site information. Throughout the program you will be using several CAD programs including AutoCAD.

Our knowledgeable instructors create an environment patterned after the working world: You get to solve real design problems and you are encouraged to develop your creative talents and techniques beyond the level demanded of a junior draftsperson. 

Course outline:

First semester (September–December)

  • Drafting Fundamentals and CAD
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Building Construction 1

Second semester (January–June)

  • Building Construction 2
  • Introduction to Structures
  • 145 Technical Communications for Drafting
  • Final Architectural Project
  • Civil Drafting and Surveying


This program is specially designed to prepare you for entry-level drafting positions in architecturally related fields which include architectural, civil or structural engineering offices as well as manufacturing, facility management and municipal services.It is also excellent preparation for continuing your education in the field of architecture.   


You must submit proof of graduation (or letter from your school stating you will graduate, if you are in Grade 12) or be 19 years of age or older. In addition you must have one of the following with a C+ or better:

  1. Foundations of Mathematics 11
  2. Principles of Mathematics 11
  3. Pre-Calculus 11
  4. MATH 085 or equivalent

If you think you have the equivalent of these courses or acceptable technical background, contact us at 604-847-5448 to schedule a meeting to determine if you can be admitted.


if you’re currently or recently employed as a draftsperson, our upgrading program allows you to complete your certificate requirements or to become proficient in a specific process or technique.

As an upgrading student, you are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous enrolment or proof of industry experience, approved by the program instructor.

Upgrading students cannot be enrolled for more than 13 weeks or cannot displace anyone registered in an upcoming intake.   


Phone: 604-847-5448
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441, local 5448
Fax: 1-604-824-7931
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