Construction Studies

Program: CONS
Credential: Certificate
Delivery: Part-time
Length: 1 Semester
Duration: 252 Hours
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Varies


The Construction certificate program is targeted toward entry level positions in the construction industry. It allows a student to acquire knowledge and training in key skills such as reading engineering drawings, understanding engineering standards and practices as used in the heavy construction industry.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may enhance their eligibility for a variety of positions in a broad range of employment settings in all sectors of construction. This six course certificate equips graduates with the basic skills they need to improve their knowledge of the construction industry and equip them to develop their potential to be lead hands or front line supervisors on projects including roads, bridges, sewers, water mains and other infrastructure. Credits may be used towards a post secondary diploma.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • collect and appropriately apply civil engineering data from existing graphics, reports, and other documents;
  • contribute to designing, planning, inspecting and constructing civil engineering projects;
  • contribute to the evaluation of equipment, materials, and methods employed in the implementation and completion of civil engineering projects;
  • develop and use personal and professional strategies and plans to enhance professional growth and competence;
  • work in compliance with the theory and the accepted principles and practices of the civil engineering and construction industries and in accordance with applicable acts, regulations and legislations.

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

6 Mandatory Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester.


Mandatory Courses
CIVL 1000Quantity Surveying: Construction Plans and Measurements
CIVL 2000Engineering Standards and Practices
COMP 1056Civil Engineering Graphics
CONS 1003Construction Practices
CONS 1004Construction Practices and Design: Material Testing
ENVR 1000Environmental Science and Sustainability

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