Academic Calendar 2024/25

Applied and Technical Studies

Architectural Drafting Technician certificate

This full-time program has been designed to prepare students for entry-level drafting positions in the architectural, civil, and related fields.

Throughout this 10-month program, instructors will endeavour to create an environment similar to that found in industry. Students will be given the maximum responsibility for the solution of design problems and will be encouraged to develop their creative talents and techniques beyond the level demanded of a junior draftsperson.

If students are interested in pursuing a career as a draftsperson, they should have good hand and eye coordination, mechanical aptitude, facility with mathematics, and the ability to communicate and work effectively with co-workers in a design team.

Concurrent studies option

UFV allows secondary school students to complete this program through a concurrent studies model during their Grade 12 year. For more information, students should contact their district/school career counsellor. Students may also contact the UFV Trades & Technology Centre at 604-847-5448 or email

Employment opportunities

Students who complete this program successfully will have the appropriate skills for employment in entry-level positions with a broad range of private firms or public agencies or departments which provide design and drafting services in architectural, civil, and related engineering fields.

Entrance requirements

Secondary school graduation is strongly recommended for career success. In addition to UFV’s general university admission requirements, which include the Entry-level English language proficiency requirement, students must meet the following entrance requirements for admission.

  1. One of the following:
    • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
    • Mature student status (19 years or older).
  2. One of the following:
    • Completion of one of the following with a grade of C+ or better: Foundations of Mathematics 11, Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre-Calculus 11, or MATH 085 or equivalent.
    • Successful completion of a UFV trades math entrance exam.

    Note: Students who have not been in any schooling for more than three years are strongly advised to take the recommended mathematics assessment test to determine level of preparedness. The assessment test may identify areas that require strengthening to optimize the opportunities for program success. In most cases, upgrading can be taken simultaneously with the program.

  3. One of the following:
    • Completion of English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 (see Note) with a grade of C or better.

      Note: Students may also present English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, AP English, IB English A (standard level or higher level), or out-of-province equivalent.

    • UFV Accuplacer Reading comprehension score of 80 or better, together with Accuplacer WritePlacer score of 6 or better on the 8-point scale.
    • UFV CPT (Composition Placement Test) — score of 41 or higher.
    • TOEFL iBT score of 80 with no section below 19.
    • Completion of any other test score or course grade listed in the Entry-level post-secondary English language proficiency standards.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at Applicants currently in Grade 12 may apply during their Grade 12 year. A statement from the school counsellor or principal, indicating that they are likely to meet graduation requirements by June, must be presented. A transcript showing evidence of meeting the entrance requirements will be required in order to be offered a seat.
  2. Applicants who do not meet the math entrance requirement can book a testing date for the UFV trades math entrance exam online at
  3. Applicants who do not meet the English language entrance requirement will be given the opportunity to meet the English requirement through Adult Basic Education, English Language Studies, and/or the University Foundation certificate.
  4. When all entrance requirements are met (or proof of enrolment in courses that meet the entrance requirements is provided), students will be admitted to the program or placed on a waitlist.
  5. Read the program description and information carefully. For more information, please contact the Trades & Technology Centre at 604-847-5448 or

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section and the Program-specific fees webpage. Students should also budget for appropriate working apparel.

Dates and attendance requirements

The Drafting program is 38 weeks in duration. The program starts in September and ends mid-June.

The Drafting program requires continuous attendance to successfully complete all requirements for the program. Students will be expected to attend all classes every week for the duration of the entire program.

Students must meet the attendance requirements as outlined in their individual program guides. See UFV's Attendance policy (62).


The Architectural Drafting program is located at the Trades & Technology Centre at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack. The reception office is open 8am–4pm, Monday to Friday.

Program outline

The provincial common core drafting program was incorporated into the program in 1996.

This program has been developed on the following modular basis:

Course Title Credits
ADT 1 Drafting Fundamentals and CAD 8
ADT 2 Applied Mathematics 2
ADT 3 Building Construction 1 10
ADT 4 Building Construction 2 9
ADT 5 Final Architectural Project 2
ADT 6 Introduction to Structures 1
ADT 7 Civil Drafting and Surveying 5
CMNS 145 Technical Communications for Drafting 3

Note: ADT 1 and ADT 2 are prerequisites to register for the remainder of the program.

Program requirements

Students must complete all requirements with a minimum passing grade in order to graduate.

Students who do not receive a passing grade in all required areas by the program end date may apply to their instructor for re-entry into the program. Students who reapply may register as upgrading students and must complete all program requirements no later than the program end date of the following year. See Upgrading section for more details.

Workload and classroom expectations

Students are required to attend all classes — five hours a day, five days a week. In addition, students will be responsible for the completion of approximately 15 hours of assigned homework each week.

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or higher) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).

Attendance and conduct

Unacceptable academic performance may, at the discretion of the instructor, include poor attendance, slow progress in theory and practical tasks, and/or lack of satisfactory participation in class activities. See UFV's Attendance policy (62).

Applied and Technical Studies students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner, and will be held responsible for their actions, whether acting alone or in group. See UFV's Student Academic Misconduct policy (70) and Safe Student Learning Community policy (204).


Student-initiated withdrawal (discontinuing)

If a student wishes not to continue, they will need to initiate a withdrawal at the Office of the Registrar.

Required to withdraw

Failed grades may result in withdrawal from the program. Students may be required to withdraw from a course or program for failing to comply with attendance, conduct, or program policies, or UFV policies including: Attendance policy (62), Student Academic Misconduct policy (70), Safe Student Learning Community policy (204).


The upgrading program allows those currently or recently employed in the industry to complete their certificate requirements or to become proficient in specific processes or techniques.

An upgrading student will be enrolled for no more than 13 weeks. Upgrading students will not displace anyone registered in the next intake.

Upgrading students are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous enrolment or proof of industry experience approved by the program instructor.

Graduation requirements

Students must apply for graduation in the first month of their final semester. Visit the Graduation webpage for more information. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Current Students