CAD Technician Short Certificate

This 14-week course teaches students the must-have drafting skills that will enable them to enter the workforce in building and development offices, and architectural firms, government offices, fabrication firms and private industry. Through project-based learning, students will learn AutoCAD and drawing techniques for CAD Technicians.

Program Hours: Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Access to the part time is generally 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the nights of class, and 9:00 am to 4 pm on lab days. See the course schedule for days. April start is full-time over 14 weeks, September is part time over 28 weeks.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Apr, Sep Full-time - 14 weeks
Part-time - 28 weeks
Short Certificate Downtown Full or Part-time

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Program Description

Program Description

This is one of the five drafting programs available at VCC. In the first two months, students learn concepts, techniques and accepted practices in the drafting industry. Students learn computer-aided drafting and are introduced to concepts of residential building construction and technology.

Graduates of this new program will have developed the drafting skills which will enable them to enter the workforce in many areas as team members in building and developer firms, architectural firms, municipal, provincial or federal offices, as well as in private industry. Graduates will work on a wide variety of new home design and construction, home renovations, and development work.

Upon completion of the initial 14 week CAD Technician Short Certificate, a VCC Certificate may be earned by completing a drafting specialty (terms 2 & 3, 8 months training) in either Steel Detailing, Civil/Structural or Architectural.

Students receive a CAD Technician Short Certificate upon successful completion of the program.

For further information about this program, please call Tim Conklin, Program Assistant, at 604.871.7000, ext. 8320 or email

Check out the Labour Market Navigator for a summary of the provincial outlook for occupations in this field.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  1. Grade 12 graduation or equivalent.
  2. English Language Proficiency at an English 12 level or (CLB/CLBPT scores: Listening 8, Speaking 7, Reading 8, and Writing 7 or better).
  3. Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 OR 80% on VCC Basic Math Assessment and 72% on VCC Basic Algebra Assessment.
  4. Note:
     • Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement may be admitted at the discretion of the Department.
     • Applicants who have met all the above requirements and have completed high school Drafting 11 and 12 may, with Departmental approval, apply for direct entry into Level 2 of the program.

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $2,657
Student Union Fee $55 per term
College Initiative Fee $35
U-Pass Fee $328
Other Costs
$40 - Graduation Fees
$43 - Campus Resource Fee

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

B.C.'s growing construction and architecture sector is in need of certified architectural technicians, civil/structural technicians, and steel detailing technicians. VCC's citation, certificate and degree programs teach students the latest CAD and BIM software, as well as the important critical thinking skills needed to succeed as a technician.

Attend an info session to participate in hands-on software demonstrations, learn about the importance of CAD and BIM technologies, and hear about the exciting projects that VCC grads have worked on. 

Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.


Date Day Time Room Location
January 22, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 p.m. 724 Downtown
February 26, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 p.m. 724 Downtown
March 25, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 p.m. 724 Downtown
April 22, 2020 Wednesday 3 - 4 p.m. 724 Downtown

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights


Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(DRFT 1010) CAD Drafting Fundamentals
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4 credits
(DRFT 1011) CAD Drafting Applied
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3 credits
(DRFT 1012) Office and Construction Site Safety
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1 credits
(DRFT 1013) Construction Mathematics
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1 credits
(DRFT 1255) Residential Plans and Framing
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4.5 credits
(DRFT 1326) Job Search Skills
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0.5 credits  course outline