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Trades and Technology

Architectural Drafting Technician certificate

Chilliwack — Canada Education Park

This full-time program has been designed to prepare students for entry-level drafting positions in the architectural, civil, and related fields.

Throughout this 10-month program, the instructors will endeavour to create an environment similar to that found in industry. Students will be given the maximum responsibility for the solution of design problems and will be encouraged to develop their creative talents and techniques beyond the level demanded of a junior draftsperson.

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a draftsperson, you should have good hand and eye coordination, mechanical aptitude, facility with mathematics, and the ability to communicate and work effectively with co-workers in a design team.

Career Technical Centre

UCFV and School District #34 (Abbotsford) operate a jointly sponsored Career Technical Centre. Architectural Drafting students enter at the Grade 11 level and complete high school and a one-year UCFV Architectural Drafting Technician certificate over two years. For more information, call 604-850-8672 or visit

Employment opportunities

If you complete this program successfully, your training will give you appropriate skills for employment in an entry-level position with a broad range of private firms or public agencies or departments which provide design and drafting services in architectural, civil, and related engineering fields.

Entrance requirements

To be admitted you must:

1. Be 19 years of age or older, or have B.C. secondary school graduation (or equivalent), plus

2. Have one of the following with a C+ or better:
    • Principles of Math 11
    • MATH 085 or equivalent.

If you think you have equivalent courses or acceptable technical background, contact the instructors at 604-504-7441, local 4237, to make an appointment for orientation and assessment. If you have a successful interview and assessment, you may be eligible to enter the program without the above-stated prerequisites.

How to apply

1. Submit the application fee, along with your UCFV application for admission form, to the Admissions & Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. You can also print an application form from our website at or you can apply directly through the internet at See the Program Charts for a complete list of application dates and general information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, and
• transcript (or interim transcript) showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements or
• written permission from instructor

2. All applicants must attend an orientation session following receipt of their application. You will be informed about orientation dates in the new year. You must attend or make special arrangements with the instructors to be eligible for admission to the program.

3. When all entrance requirements are met, you will be admitted to the program or placed on a waitlist.

4. Note: English as a Second Language applicants will be assessed on an individual basis by the ESL department.

Application dates

Applications will be accepted on or after October 1 for the fall semester.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. Full payment of fees is required before the start of classes each semester, by the beginning of September, January, and April.

Financial aid may be available through the Financial Aid and Awards office at any UCFV campus.

Workload and classroom expectations

You are required to attend all classes — five hours a day, five days a week. In addition, you will be responsible for the completion of approximately 15 hours of assigned homework each week.


The program starts in September, and is located in the Trades & Technology Centre at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack.

Dates & attendance requirements

The Drafting program starts in September and ends the following June.

The Drafting program requires continuous attendance through all three semesters to successfully complete all requirements for the program. Students will be expected to attend classes five days per week for the duration of the entire program.

Students who fail to meet the attendance requirements as outlined in their individual program guides may be subject to a failing grade or academic warning.

• See UCFV Policy 340.03 (Academic Warning).
• See UCFV Policy 310.03 (Attendance).

Program requirements

Students must complete all requirements with a minimum passing grade in order to graduate.

Students who do not receive a passing grade in all required areas by the program end date, may apply to their instructor for re-entry into the program. Students who reapply may register as upgrading students and must complete all program requirements no later than the program end date of the following year. See upgrading policy for more details.


Students must apply for graduation by completing a Request to Graduate form available at the Trades Centre. We recommend this be done at the beginning of your final semester.

Academic Warnings

Trades & Technology students who demonstrate unacceptable academic performance will be placed on Academic Warning.
• See UCFV Policy 340.03 (Academic Warning).

Unacceptable academic performance may, at the discretion of the instructor, include poor attendance, slow progress in theory and practical tasks, and/or lack of satisfactory participation in class activities.
• See UCFV Policy 310.02 (Attendance).

Trades & Technology students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner, and will be held responsible for their actions, whether acting alone or in group.
• See UCFV Policy 310.12 (Student Conduct).

Withdrawal policy

Student-initiated withdrawal (discontinuing)

If a student wishes not to continue or return for the next semester, the Trades Centre will advise Admissions & Records and initiate a withdrawal from the student’s current Trades program.

Required to withdraw (failed grades)

Failed grades may result in withdrawal from the program.

Required to withdraw (academic warning)

Students may be required to withdraw from a course or program for failing to comply with any of the following three policies.

• UCFV Policy 340.03 (Academic Warning)
• UCFV Policy 310.02 (Attendance)
• UCFV Policy 310.12 (Student Conduct).

Upgrading policy

An upgrading student will be enrolled for no more than 13 weeks. Upgrading students will not displace anyone registered in the next intake.

The upgrading program allows those currently or recently employed in the industry to complete their certificate requirements or to become proficient in specific processes or techniques.

Upgrading students are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous or proof of industry experience approved by the program instructor.

Program outline

The new provincial common core drafting program was incorporated into the program in 1996.

This program has been developed on the following modular basis:

Course Title Credits
ADT 1 Drafting Fundamentals and CAD 8
ADT 2 Applied Mathematics 2
ADT 3 Building Construction 1 10
ADT 4 Building Construction 2 9
ADT 5 Final Architectural Project 2
ADT 6 Introduction to Structures 1
ADT 7 Civil Drafting and Surveying 5
CMNS 145 Technical Communications for Drafting 3

Note: ADT 1 and ADT 2 are prerequisites to register for the remainder of the program.

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