Residential & Commercial Drafting

Computer skills + construction knowledge + a splash of artistry. This ‘off-the-beaten-path’ career just might be for you!

Learn the skills you need to be a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Operator! Designers, architects and engineers rely on CAD operators to create drawings and blueprints for their projects. Use the latest 2D and 3D software to learn everything you need in CAD operations. You’ll learn to produce architectural, structural, electrical, and commercial building drawings and blueprints, as well as mechanical system drawings in ventilation, electrical, and plumbing, all while applying building code standards. The building design and construction industries need qualified CAD Operators!

(International students MUST register through the International Students application process.)

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Residential & Commercial Drafting NOVA Aug 19, 2024 16 months $355.19
Residential & Commercial Drafting NOVA Aug 18, 2025 16 months $355.15

Program content
Admission conditions
Code Statement of competency Hours Credits
755-002 Apply concepts of health and safety on construction sites 30 2
825-011 Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process 15 1
825-211 Use job search techniques 15 1
825-258 Enter the work force 120 8
825-262 Use a computer 30 2
825-273 Draft architectural components 45 3
825-287 Use the basic functions of drafting software applications 105 7
825-297 Produce drawings of architectural objects 105 7
825-308 Produce architectural plans for a single-family dwelling 120 8
825-315 Use the advanced functions of drafting software applications 75 5
825-324 Produce reinforced concrete drawings 60 4
825-332 Record construction site data 30 2
825-346 Research information related to plumbing 90 6
825-356 Produce plumbing plans 90 6
825-362 Draw wall sections and detail drawings 30 2
825-372 Estimate quantities of materials and equipment 30 2
825-384 Produce steel structure assembly drawings 60 4
825-398 Produce structural steel shop drawings 120 8
825-408 Produce architectural plans for a multi-family dwelling 120 8
825-413 Research information related to electricity 45 3
825-423 Produce electrical plans 45 3
825-437 Produce presentation drawings 105 7
825-446 Research information related to ventilation 90 6
825-457 Produce ventilation plans 105 7
825-468 Produce commercial building plans 120 8
  1800 120


To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor’s degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Functional prerequisites

This section identifies the modules or course codes for the actual programs of study in adult general education that are specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics. Functional prerequisites includes the successful completion of specific prerequisites as well as the general development test (TDG). When a DVS doesn’t require specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a dash ( – ) is displayed in the appropriate cell. For programs that lead to an AVS, specific prerequisites and the TDG do not apply (N/A).

Specific prerequisites
Language of instruction Second language Mathematics
Adults Youth Adults Youth Adults Youth
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3) 632-306 ou (630-316) MTH-3053-2 ou (MTH-3016-2) 563-306 ou (568-314)

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Skills you will learn

  • how to use AutoCAD and Revit
  • architecture programs to create working drawings and 3D presentation drawings
  • how to prepare a set of architectural drawings from beginning to end
  • knowledge of the National Building Code

Did you know

  • Residential and commercial drafting is among the occupations currently in highest demand in all of Quebec.
  • Draftspersons may work independently, in teams with engineers from many disciplines, or as support staff for engineers, architects, and industrial designers.
  • Careers in drafting are increasingly important to a wide variety of trades.


Are there job opportunities upon graduation?

Job prospects for draft persons are excellent and the placement for graduates is near 100% in a variety of careers, including multinational engineering firms, local architects, and construction product fabricators.

What pre-requisites are needed?

Secondary IV English, Math and French, or the equivalent recognized by the Quebec Ministry of Education.

What kind of person is interested in the Drafting program?

If you are a person who enjoys working with numbers, geometry, and technology, and if you like designing, calculating, observing, analyzing and problem solving then this is the program for you.
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