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This Architectural and Building Technology (ABT) certificate is offered through Part-time Studies. The program is designed to provide students with a competency skill level for working in the field of housing and small building design and construction. It is recommended to individuals who want to advance in their careers or are currently working in design/build offices for homes and small commercial projects, material suppliers and installers, estimating, and real estate marketing, property management and municipal offices.
Courses have been designed to satisfy some of the academic requirements of the following organizations:
- ASTTBC – Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia
- BOABC – Building Officials Association of British Columbia
- IDIBC – Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia
Students applying for transfer credits towards the above program must first declare the program. Courses for TCR must have been taken within 5 years (5 year currency) of the application for TCR. Only first level courses are eligible for TCR. The student must also have obtained a minimum of 70% or a second class pass, or B- in the course for which they are applying for TCR. The approved TCR is only applicable to this program and will not necessarily be acceptable by other program areas. Transfer credits for COMM, MATH, CIVL and PHYS courses must be approved by the home department. Students who wish to apply for TCR of their courses for any other programs shall apply to the individual programs areas for approval. All application for program declaration and TCR are now required to be completed online. The student is responsible for submission of all applicable documents and transcripts before any decision will be made for TCR.
Some ABT Part-time Studies courses have been developed to align content with first year courses in the Architectural and Building Technology (ABT) diploma program. Those students intending to continue their academic careers in the diploma program MUST APPLY to the ABT full-time program and meet all the entrance requirements to be considered for admission. Once accepted, course credits from the ABT part-time studies programs may be granted toward the two-year Diploma. Course credit transfers will be assessed on an individual basis. For more information, please refer to Transfer Credit on the ABT Diploma’s entrance requirements page.
Application processingOngoing throughout the year.
Recommended for success
To be successful in this program, students are recommended to have the following:
- Grade 10 education or equivalent
- English 12 or equivalent
See individual courses for additional requirements and prerequisites.
You may consider taking a few courses before declaring this program to make sure the program is what you want.
Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined and provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.
To submit your declaration:
- Answer all questions completely.
- If required, convert transcripts and documents to PDF files.
- Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
Upon approval, a program plan letter will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Please allow approximately eight weeks for processing.
Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April, and September.
Costs & Supplies
Please see the Part-time Studies Tuition & Fees page for information on part-time tuition fees.
Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.
Students complete this program by registering on a course-by-course basis. Courses are offered in the evenings at our Burnaby campus from 6:30 pm. Refer to the courses listed below for current dates and times.
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Materials and Methods 1
Introduces basic materials and methods used in construction. Topics include: physical and chemical properties; the manufacturing process of various material and methods and the way they are implemented in a construction project. Div 1 to 5 of the Masterformat.
Construction 1 A
Introduces basic principles of wood frame building construction. Develops skills to produce a basic set of construction working drawings. Topics; western platform wood frame construction; wall framing, floor framing and roof framing for a single family residence.
Construction 1 B
Introduces basic principles of building construction. Develops skills to produce a basic set of construction working drawings. Topics include site layout, foundation details, western wood frame detailing, and preparation of a partial set of working drawings for a single family residence.
Introduction to measurement of construction work, with a brief review of reading construction drawings and specifications. Specific study of methods of measurement techniques applicable to site work (excavation), concrete and masonry quantity take-offs.
Building Code: Part 9 (SFD)
Provides a working knowledge of Part 9 of the 2018 B.C Building Code as it applies to single family dwellings. Gives students the basic skills required to check plans, inspect buildings and deal with questions relating to Part 9 at an elementary level. Covers acceptable materials, systems and methods used in housing construction. Students must bring B.C. Building Code (hardcopy) to the first class.
Architectural Planning 1
Introduces basic planning issues encountered in building and site design with emphasis on residential projects. Covers the influences of site conditions on building orientation, interior layout, and exterior form. Focus is on planning strategies for achieving good spatial and functional relationships in a dwelling.
Architectural Planning 2
Introduces municipal policies and regulations, which govern property development. Emphasis is placed on zoning and parking by-laws and their impact on types of uses and building size. Presents the development permit application process.
Materials and Methods 2
Continues from BLDC 1050, acquainting students with the properties of various materials and assemblies that are used in MasterFormat Divisions 6 through 9, with an emphasis on the methods in which they are implemented in a construction project.
Construction 2 A
Builds upon the topics introduced in BLDC 1200/1205. Lecture topics include working drawing standards, roof construction, advanced (efficient) framing techniques, modified post and beam construction, straight and curved stairs, doors and windows. Students will be required to resolve and create working drawings for more complex wood frame construction such as intersecting roofs and stairs.
Construction 2 B
Continues from BLDC 2200. Lecture topics include site and survey plans, concrete foundation detailing, engineered wood products, residential services, prescriptive wood frame design guidelines and when a structural engineer is needed. Other discussions include prefabricated buildings and an introduction to multi-family wood frame construction.
Continues from the studies introduced in BLDC 1300 and covers the construction details found in more sophisticated structures. Expands on the topics of BLDC 1300 and introduces sections 5, 6 and 7 covered by the CIQS Standard Method of Measurement in preparation for the CIQS Exam 202.
Architectural CAD 1
Introduces CAD for Architects, building designers and builders. Designed to familiarize the student with the operation of AutoCAD in the architectural environment utilizing the most recent release of the software.
Architectural CAD 2
Continues from BLDC 2400 utilizing the most recent release of the software. Emphasis is on application of software in production of drawings for presentation, development and building permits, and working drawings.
Building Envelope Performance
This course provides a practical introduction and application of building science fundamentals for the evaluation, design, and construction of durable and energy efficient buildings. The role of climate and the theory of heat flow, vapour flow, air flow, and the application of each principle to the evaluation of building envelope assemblies will be discussed. Best-practice assembly design and detailing fundamentals for above and below grade wall assemblies, roofs, and windows will be covered with examples and case studies. Current energy code requirements for the building enclosure will also be introduced. BLDC 3050 provides the prerequisite building enclosure design fundamentals which are applied in BLDC 3060, which is an interactive hands-on building enclosure construction and interface detailing course.
Construction Documents and Contracts
The construction contract is a vital document in any construction project. This course examines the various components that comprise a contract and the corresponding responsibility of each participating party. The course also provides students with a basic understanding of construction contract documents and an understanding of the principles of a contractual relationship. Using the latest version of the CCDC II - 2008 contract as a model, contract definitions, interpretations, and disputes are discussed. A number of scenarios and procedures will be reviewed with examples that typically accompany performing and fulfilling contractual obligations.
This course presents a thorough introduction to the relationship between applied loads and the resultant support reactions and internal forces developed in statically determinate members and structures. Topics include classification of force systems, equilibrium equations, support conditions, freebody diagrams, support reactions, truss analysis by the methods of joints and sections, analysis of pinned plane frames, geometric properties of sections, distributed loading, and load, shear force and bending moment diagrams for beams.
Introduction to Business and Technical Communication
This communication course teaches practical business communication techniques for planning, organizing, selecting, writing, and presenting information in business or industry. It covers routine memos, letters, request and reply letters, and oral presentations. NOTE: Students do not need to submit transcripts for entrance to this course. BUT, in the case of formal or informal grade appeals or reviews they will be asked to show proof of their English requirements. Students scoring below "C+" in English 12 should take COMM 1106 instead of COMM 1103. Students who wish to confirm their English level are strongly advised to take COMM 0015.
Introduction to Architectural Drafting. Covers basic architectural manual drafting techniques and skills. Drawing development with emphasis on line techniques, graphic symbols and industry standards. Graphical communication required for the preparation of development permit drawings for residential buildings. Covers techniques necessary for creating three dimensional drawing.
Technical Mathematics for Architectural and Building Technology
Basic Algebra Review: solving linear, quadratic and simultaneous linear equations, percentage problems; Trigonometry: definitions of trigonometric functions in a right triangle and the unit circle - relevant applications; Plane Geometry: definitions and relevant applications using regular and irregular polygons; 3-D Geometry: definitions and applications using solids with an emphasis on solids intersecting each other.
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Customer Service and Home Warranty
Introduces tools and approaches for creating an effective Customer Service Framework and strategy for residential home builders; includes elements for creating a responsive customer service culture and an understanding of how the home Warranty Insurance program works in BC, what the responsibilities of all parties involved are. Homeowner Orientation and Walk-through procedures will be discussed including homeowner manuals and the creation of performance standards that will guide employees to deliver a successful project that satisfies customer expectations. Customer dissatisfaction and ways to communicate and deal with conflict will be discussed, along with fulfilling homeowner expectations and how to avoid disputes.
Financial Planning and Budget Management
This course discusses how financial statements for a home building business are produced and analysed, along with the skills required to manage a successful business. Basic concepts of accounting and financial reporting will be reviewed. Financing sources and management of debt will be studied. Financial Planning and business performance evaluation skills and techniques will be examined and students will learn how to create budgets, cash flows, and pro-forma as tools to build a profitable business.
Introduction to Construction Economics
The course is a basic introduction to the concept of the time value of money using simple rates of return, interest rates and types, and decision criteria. Pricing techniques and methodology are introduced as part of the estimating process and bid preparation. Various forms of budget pricing are introduced which lead to a more detailed study of elemental analysis.
Building Envelope Laboratory
This course is intended to provide a practical approach to the application of building enclosure detailing through hands-on construction and instruction. The course is suitable for contractors, home builders, architects, engineers, technologists, handymen and those interested in building construction. Building on the theory and fundamentals from BLDC 3050, students gain hands on experience in the construction of wall and roof assemblies and details at windows, balconies, decks, roofs, penetrations and interfaces. Alternate detailing approaches for air barrier systems, insulation methods, vapour barriers and cladding attachment will be covered using best practice approaches. Physical testing of materials such as sealants, membranes, as well as the rain water penetration resistance testing of window assemblies and installations will also be integrated into the class.
Residential Landscape Design
Presents an overview of the design process for creating garden layouts and planning plans with an emphasis on student initiated projects. Of interest to homeowners and gardeners who wish to expand their design fluency and to landscape contractors wishing to expand their range of services.
Managing Asbestos in Your Buildings
Asbestos was widely used in a variety of construction materials throughout Canada until the 1980s. Due to its widespread use and hazardous properties, owners and operators of buildings have an obligation to determine if their building contains asbestos and if so, to implement systems to ensure that those living and/or working within the building are educated on the hazards and that controls are put in place to prevent exposures. 'Managing Asbestos in Your Buildings' is a practical course designed to educate building owners and operators on the hazards of asbestos, the historic use of asbestos, and the legislative responsibilities of both building owners and the individuals who manage activities within buildings that contain asbestos. Students will be provided with templates and tools to enable them to implement an effective Asbestos Management Program to meet these requirements and demonstrate due diligence.
Building Envelope Solutions
Sponsored and developed by the Canadian Home Builders Association of BC, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Homeowner Protection Office of BC. This course provides knowledge of the background building science that allows durable building envelopes to be constructed or restored. Note: This course was formerly available as BLDG 0137.
BC Building Code: Multi Unit and Small Buildings
Examines Part 9 of the 2018 B.C. Building Code as it applies to multi-unit residential and small commercial and industrial buildings. Covers plan checking and inspection techniques. Prepares students to deal with issues relating to Part 9 of the B.C. Building Code. Some duplication of material covered in BLDC 1500. Students must bring the B.C. Building Code (hardcopy) to the first class.
BC Building Code: Part 3 Introduction
This course provides a working knowledge of the purpose, scope, and contents of the 2018 British Columbia Building Code related to Part 3, Fire Protection, Occupant Safety and Accessibility. The course will provide the student with the basic skills required to understand and apply fundamental code concepts to building design and construction of larger or complex buildings. Concepts include: the meaning of noncombustible construction and when a building is required to be of noncombustible construction; fire-resistance ratings, when a building is required to have sprinklers, have a standpipe system, or have a fire alarm system; how many streets a building needs to face; the distance required between the building and property lines; the amount of windows permitted; requirements for interconnected floor spaces; high-rise building requirements; number of water closets required; number and width of exits required; interior finishes permitted, and accessibility requirements for persons with disabilities. This course will be of interest to persons involved in building design, interior design, drafting, construction, plan review, inspection and financing. It is recommended that persons taking this course have some knowledge of basic building construction as well as some experience with Building Codes. This course will be followed by BLDG 1835 B.C. Building Code: Part 3 Advanced. Students must bring the entire B.C. Building Code (hardcopy) to the first class.
BC Building Code: Part 3 Advanced
This course is a continuation of BLDG 1830. Provides a more advanced and complete understanding of all requirements of Part 3 of the 2018 BC Building Code and includes the basic skills required to understand and apply fundamental code concepts to building design and construction including flame spread ratings, safety within floor areas, fire alarm and detection, fire fighting provisions, vertical transportation, service facilities, high buildings, and accessibility. Students completing this course will be expected to carry out a basic building code analysis for complex Part 3 buildings.
Vancouver Building By-law
This course establishes a working knowledge of the specific provisions that are unique to the Vancouver Building By-law (VBBL). The course builds on the provisions of the latest edition of the British Columbia Building Code. It provides the student with the additional code requirements for the design and construction of buildings in the City of Vancouver. The course will cover all of the unique to Vancouver provisions in Book I of the VBBL. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the administrative requirements, specific requirements for alterations to existing buildings including the Upgrade Mechanism Model, energy requirements for new and existing buildings, adaptable housing and enhanced accessibility requirements, and specific sprinkler, spatial, fire department access, washroom, occupancy classification requirements and safety measures at construction sites. This course will be of interest to persons involved in the design and construction of buildings in the City of Vancouver.
This course covers the basics of Autodesk Revit in an architectural environment, from design through construction documentation. Students will be introduced to the tools and concepts of working with a fully parametric building modeler.
Autodesk Revit 2
Continues from BLDG 2800, this course covers the advanced concepts of Autodesk Revit in an architectural environment. Gives students greater familiarity with the breadth of Revit Architecture's feature set.
Autodesk Revit For Structures
This course covers the basics of Autodesk Revit in a Structural environment, from design through construction documentation. Students will be introduced to the tools and concepts of working with a fully parametric building modeller.
Autodesk Revit For Structures 2
Revit for Structures 2 introduces experienced users of the Autodesk Revit Structure software to more advanced techniques and tools. This course will prepare the user for more advanced tasks. Families drive the model, and we will focus on concepts and techniques of many of the different family types that will help achieve a higher efficiency level. We will look at team collaboration, from multi user projects and preparing the model for analysis. The course will also look at some advanced scheduling techniques that will help you document and manage your model.
Architectural CAD 3 (3D)
This course covers basic 3-D CAD techniques (wire frame, surface, solid modelling and rendering) using architectural applications. This course will be followed by a six-week 3-D rendering course.
Architectural CAD Rendering
Covers basic concepts involved in architectural rendering and animating 3D models. Uses advanced 3D rendering software (3D Studio Max) to explore the concepts of materials, lighting and form, and how they are combined to create high-quality presentation media.
Computer Construction Estimating
Covers measurement and pricing of construction work using Timberline Estimating Software. This course will cover "take-off" procedures, building databases and designing simple assemblies.
Advanced Computer Graphics for Architecture
The course covers advanced techniques for modelling/materials/lighting and rendering using mental ray and 3D Studio MAX, as well as post-production concepts using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create high quality professional Architectural presentation media.
Green Roofs - Details, Installation and Maintenance
GROW 1000 is designed for students, design professionals, contractors and planners who already have a basic understanding of green roofs. The course provides students with an understanding of green roof performance criteria, and offers knowledge and skills to manage the details, installation and maintenance aspects of green roof design. Students will be exposed to leading edge information on materials, design details, and implementation methods, and learn about green roof policy. The course presents regionally-relevant solutions supported by the current research at the Centre for Architectural Ecology (CAE). Through a project, students will integrate the lectures with practical hands-on activities. Students will further apply their knowledge through case study discussions and a tour of the BCIT Elevated Lab.
Green Roofs - Planting in the Pacific Northwest
The course will provide students with a good understanding of the role that green roofs can play in the conversation of biodiversity in urban environments. Students will explore an ecological approach to plant selection and design to integrate into current green roof design practices. Using critical thinking to analyze the underlying topics of sustainability, biodiversity and natural processes, students will develop an appropriate plant selection for green roofs in the Pacific Northwest. They will study in detail a range of plants available in regional ecosystems and investigate their growing requirements as well as some non-native plants used in the green roof industry. They will also study the relationships between plant function, plant form and canopy complexity on plant survival and habitat implications. Students will practice the basic principles of plant design based on site conditions, plant function, specie mix, berries, pollen, and habitat, through the preparation of a planting plan for an actual project. Students will participate in a green roof tour and visit to a local nursery.
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Students have up to seven years to complete this program. By taking three or more courses per term, it will take approximately two and a half years to complete the program.
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