Full-time Diploma 7130dipma


Rapid advances in technology have increased public expectations of their communities and the buildings constructed in them. Buildings are expected to be designed and constructed to rigorous standards of workmanship and safety while at the same time incorporating all the features that contribute to speed of erection, financial efficiency and user satisfaction. High public expectations and the dynamic nature of the industry present both a challenge and an opportunity, attractive criteria for any career.

The Program

Architectural and Building Technology is a comprehensive, two-year diploma program with a focus on applied learning. It combines sound theoretical knowledge with practical skills and technical training to provide job-ready competencies for immediate application upon entering the workforce. Students learn from industry-based faculty, develop extensive practical skills for rewarding careers, and graduate with an industry recognized credential in the design, development, construction, and building science sectors. Many employers seek out graduates from this program to join their companies.

Students follow a fixed curriculum of common courses that includes lectures and practical applications in construction drawing, materials and methods, estimating techniques, building systems, and computer applications. Organized field trips and 'hands-on' workshops form part of the curriculum and attendance is required. Students are often able to further their education through summer jobs with architects, engineers, developers, and contractors.

In the second year of the program, in addition to the common academic core, students take an Elective course (subject to departmental approval) in one of three areas of specialization. The Elective courses are:

Primarily intended for those students who plan to pursue careers in architectural offices, offer design services, pursue an architectural degree, or the Architectural Technologist Registration program through the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC).

Building Science:
Primarily intended for those students who plan to pursue careers in durable building construction, building problem diagnosis, testing of construction assemblies, new materials research and development, and environmental challenges in creating the built environment.

Economics / Construction Operations:
Primarily intended for those students who plan to pursue careers in construction, quantity surveying, estimating, property development, and project management.

Each Elective course includes a brief industry-based work practicum, which is required for diploma completion. Students may be required to participate in work experience activities at the industry sponsor's regular place of business.

Note: At the end of the first year of study, students are given the opportunity to declare their first, second, and (by default) third choices for an Elective course based on their career interests. Every effort is made to assign students their preferred elective. However, in cases where demand is greater than available seats, priority will be given to full-time students who have no outstanding prerequisites at the end of year one, then full-time students that have made up missed courses over the summer, then part-time day students, and then returning students. Spaces will be awarded based on academic performance and Cumulative Grade Point Average. Final decisions are made by the department faculty.

In a BCIT Open House year (even-numbered years) both first-year and second-year students have a term project related to the Open House in order to experience a mini-construction project from start to finish. It is primarily student-organized and directed, with input from staff.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications accepted:

  • November 1st* to February 1st*
  • February 1st* to April 15th*

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Requirements completed within the last five years
  • Related experience*
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Physics: one of the following:
    • Physics 11 (67%) or
    • Physics 12 (67%) (preferred)

  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (67%) or
    • Applications of Mathematics 12 (67%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (67%)

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Recommended for success

  • Post-secondary academic experience and/or construction industry experience will enhance the application of those applicants who have the preferred grades.

Re-admission Requirements

Students who have been withdrawn from the program due to failures, or who have left of their own accord, must apply for re-acceptance when they are ready to re-enter full-time study (at least a 60% course load). BCIT recommends that you apply as early as possible. Students who have been withdrawn from the program due to failure must wait one full year before reapplying to the program, and may be required to sign an academic performance contract if re-admitted. Space is limited and when a program area receives more eligible applicants than there are seats available, the department may select those applicants considered to have the strongest chance of success in the program.

Transfer Credit

Equivalent Part-time Studies courses may be transferable to the Architectural and Building Technology diploma program based on the recommendations of the diploma instructor and the program head. In order to be considered for a course credit, students must already be accepted into the diploma program and are required to demonstrate competency of the subject matter by having earned a minimum 70% final grade in the equivalent course. Transfer credits for similar courses from other post-secondary schools may also be considered.

For some diploma courses, recency of the equivalent course is important for content continuity and success at the next level. Therefore, it is recommended that completion of the equivalent course be within one year of starting the diploma program. Students may receive transfer credits towards the Diploma for a maximum of three (3) diploma courses per term. In cases where students can demonstrate significant completion of Level 1 and/or Level 2, additional transfer credits may be considered by the Program Head.

Note: Once a student has been accepted into the Architectural and Building Technology diploma program, all first attempts for diploma courses must be taken (without exception) within the fixed curriculum of the full-time diploma program and in the sequence as presented in the program matrix. This means that students may be granted transfer credits for previously taken equivalent courses, but once accepted into the diploma program, they may not voluntarily elect to drop a full-time diploma course in favor of taking an equivalent Part-times Studies course for credit. In cases where students did not successfully complete a diploma course, and are required to make it up by taking an acceptable equivalent course, consideration will be given by the Program Head for subsequent follow-up courses.

Note: Full-time, first year diploma students who receive numerous transfer credits may not supplement their schedule by taking equivalent Level 2 diploma courses in PTS or second year courses out of sequence.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1195; Level 2: $485; Level 3: $600; Level 4: $600
(general estimated cost, subject to change)

In addition, all students prior to the commencement of the program are required to purchase a Windows compatible laptop computer suitable to run software used in their courses, specifically the latest version of AutoCAD by Autodesk and Microsoft Office. Please refer to Autodesk website for system requirements. Costs for such a computer will vary depending on configuration chosen but will likely range from approximately $1000 to $1500. Student versions of the required software are available at nominal or no cost.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BLDG 1000 Architectural Drafting 3.0
  BLDG 1050 Construction Materials/Processes 1 3.0
  BLDG 1200 Building Construction 1 6.0
  BLDG 1405 Architectural CAD 1 3.0
  BLDG 1600 Structures 1 for Building 3.0
  COMM 1140 Technical Communication 1 for Building 3.0
  MATH 1401 Technical Mathematics for Architectural and Building Technology 5.0
  PHYS 1140 Applied Physics for Building 1 4.0
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  BLDG 2001 Site-Responsive Planning and Design 5.5
  BLDG 2005 Planning Regulations* 2.5
  BLDG 2050 Construction Materials/Processes 2* 2.0
  BLDG 2100 Introduction to Building Science* 2.5
  BLDG 2150 Introduction to Economics for Building* 2.5
  BLDG 2200 Building Construction 2 8.0
  BLDG 2305 Construction Estimating 1 4.5
  BLDG 2405 Architectural CAD 2* 2.0
  BLDG 2600 Structures 2 for Building 4.0
  COMM 2256 Technical Communication 2 for Building* 2.0
  MATH 2403 Statistics for Building* 3.5
  PHYS 2148 Applied Physics for Building 2* 3.0
* denotes a half term course
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  BLDG 3200 Building Construction 3 6.0
  BLDG 3251 Construction Contracts 3.0
  BLDG 3305 Construction Estimating 2 4.0
  BLDG 3450 Computer Applications for Building 3.0
  BLDG 3600 Structures 3 for Building 3.0
  ELEX 1810 Electrical Systems 3.0
  MSYS 3880 Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning 4.0
and one of the following elective courses:
  BLDG 3000 Architectural Technology 1 6.0
  BLDG 3050 Economics - Construction Operations 1 6.0
  BLDG 3100 Building Science 1 6.0
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  BLDG 4200 Building Construction 4 8.0
  BLDG 4250 Construction Specifications* 2.0
  BLDG 4400 Computer Applications in Construction Management* 2.0
  BLDG 4500 Codes and Regulations (Building Law in Canada)* 2.0
  BLDG 4600 Structures 4 for Building* 2.0
  BLDG 4800 Autodesk Revit 2.0
  COMM 3256 Tech Communication 3 for Bldg* 2.0
  ELEX 2805 Illumination* 1.5
  MSYS 3980 Plumbing* 1.5
one of the following groups of electives:

  BLDG 4000 Architectural Technology 2 10.5
  BLDG 4405 Computer Graphics for Architecture* 2.0
Economics / Construction Operations
  BLDG 4050 Economics - Construction Operations 2 10.5
  BLDG 4305 Computer Based Estimating* 2.0
Building Science
  BLDG 4100 Building Science 2 10.5
  BLDG 4105 Computer Applications for Building Science* 2.0
* denotes a half-term course
Total Credits: 139.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Two years, full-time beginning in September each year.


Course Failure and Program Continuation A student who fails or withdraws from one to three courses in a specific term may be required to move from "set" registration to course-by-course registration. In these cases the student will be notified by mail at the end of term in which the failures or withdrawals occurred. Students will be required to meet with their program head during the first week of the following term to create an approved registration plan.

Students on "set" registration will be given first priority for course placement; students who are registering on a course-by-course basis and who are registering for at least 60% of a standard term course load will be given second priority; and students registering course-by-course with less than 60% of a standard term course load will be given third priority for course placement.

A student who fails or withdraws from four or more courses in any one term will be required to withdraw from the program. Prior to applying for re-acceptance the student must complete the failed course(s) successfully through BCIT Part-time Studies, or on an alternate route approved in writing by the program head. Completion of the missing course(s) does not guarantee re-acceptance into the program.

A student who fails to complete a first-year course for a second time may be required to withdraw from the program for a period of one academic year. Prior to applying for re-acceptance the student must complete the failed course successfully through BCIT Part-time Studies, or on a program head-approved alternate route. Completion of the missing course does not guarantee re-acceptance into the program.

A student who fails to complete a second-year course for a second time will be required to enter into a re-admission contract with the program head. This contract may require the student to repeat prerequisite courses (even if they had previously been completed successfully) prior to a third, and final, attempt to complete the second-year course.


  1. The Architectural and Building Technology diploma program is accredited by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC). Full-time students may apply for Student Associate status with AIBC. Graduates are eligible for membership and may apply for registration as an Architectural Technologist after completing two years of relevant experience and the registration examination. Please refer to the AIBC website for further information.

  2. The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) will accept graduates as Associate Members and gives credit in a similar manner. Associate Members of CIQS have the ability to attain the professional designations Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) or Construction Estimator Certified (CEC) upon completion of the relevant credits and experience. Please refer to the CIQS website for further information.

Continue your education

Graduates of the Diploma in Architectural and Building Technology may pursue the following degrees:

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Graduates of Architectural and Building Technology perform many tasks of a technological nature as part of the interdisciplinary team of professionals and tradespeople involved in the building design, construction, and management processes. Graduates have the advantage of understanding buildings from several perspectives: the architectural and structural elements; the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems; the feasibility implications and the contractual and managerial processes.

Architectural and Building Technology graduates have the following attributes. They:

  • Possess up-to-date skills and knowledge
  • Possess good organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrate good work attitudes
  • Are qualified to perform many technical and professional tasks
  • Are able to work independently or cooperatively on a team
  • Are prepared for the multi-tasking required in the performance of a complex job

Graduates may begin careers in some of the following areas of the industry:

  • Design and architectural firms
  • Building consulting
  • Project or construction management
  • Development or property management
  • Field engineering specialists
  • Specification writing
  • Inspections and testing
  • Estimating and quantity surveying
  • Building envelope consulting
  • Municipal planning and permitting departments
  • Provincial and federal agencies, including BC Housing Authority
  • Design-Build
  • Technical representatives for product suppliers and manufacturers
  • Specialty code consulting
  • Contractors and sub-contractors
  • Physical plants and facilities management departments for corporations and the educational and health sectors

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Apply for graduation

In order to be eligible for graduation, students must complete the diploma program requirements:

  1. Within five years of the start of the program for students who enter the program in first year, or

  2. Within three years of the start of second year for students who enter the program directly into second year.

Students who do not complete the diploma program requirements within the specified time period will be required to re-apply to the BCIT Admissions department for permission to complete the diploma program. BCIT cannot guarantee that courses taken prior to this re-application will be credited towards the current diploma.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • G. Humphrey, City of Burnaby
  • P. Salusbury, Stantec Architecture., Chair
  • James Boldt, City of Vancouver
  • James Bourget, RDH Building Engineering Ltd.
  • David Lee, Gage-Babcock & Associates, Ltd.
  • Robert Park, Spec Rite Technical Services
  • Rob Stinchcombe, Ledcor

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