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Construction Carpentry – Sustainable

Building Construction Technician

Building Construction Technician

Note: The Construction Carpentry – Sustainable program has been renamed Building Construction Technician.

Traditionally known as a place where plants grow, a green house is also a term used to describe homes built by sustainable carpenters. Here’s where you blend your passion for carpentry with the leading edge of sustainability, bringing your skills into the future of construction. You will gain expertise in green building principles to create energy efficient and environmentally responsible homes built with sustainable materials.

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Program Description

In as little as 16 months, you can acquire the knowledge required to construct energy efficient and environmentally responsible residential buildings and perform a wide range of carpentry tasks and obtain the skills required to upgrade existing buildings.

Fundamental carpentry skills including the design and construction of footings and foundations, the layout and framing of floors, walls and roof systems and the completion of interior and exterior finishes will be covered. Throughout the program, energy efficiency, green building principles and materials and safety in construction practices will be emphasized. You will have an opportunity to participate in a framing project and work in a brand new construction laboratory that is equipped with the latest in building materials and technology.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
  • Technical Mathematics (recommended)
  • Grade 11 or 12 physics (C, M or U) (recommended)
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Career Options


  • Carpenter apprentice
  • Exterior finisher
  • Finishing carpenter
  • Framing carpenter


  • Construction or renovation sites
  • Disaster relief areas
  • Habitat for Humanity sites worldwide


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Course List & Descriptions

Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.

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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$125$125
Total Fees:$4,116$14,288

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Post-Admission Communications Assessment

To help prepare you for success in your program and in your future career, all students accepted into this program will complete an assessment to determine your reading comprehension and writing skills. For more information please visit the post-admission communications assessment website.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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Students applying to this program may be eligible to apply for the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award. Qualified recipients of the award will receive $5,000 per year, for up to two years, including $1,500 for tuition and $3,500 for other expenses such as travel, food, books, tools and supplies. For more information, please visit the award page.

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