Residential Design & Construction - 849

Mohawk College Certificate
Student construction worker

Provides detailed information on the design and construction of residential buildings. Primarily intended for members of the general public who intend to design, build, or renovate their own residences, but it also has strong appeal for trades-persons who wish to increase their construction knowledge, or for persons seeking employment in the residential construction field. All courses are extremely practical in nature and present current building, framing, drafting, and energy-efficiency methods and techniques in an understandable and effective way.

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Continuing Education Skills
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2017/18 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Technology and Skills.

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course. 

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Learn installation of common plumbing systems, lines and fixtures. Study safety practices. Learn to interpret codes,regulations and legislation, select tools equipment and machinery appropriately for projects.Some practical work will be included. Please bring basic tools(pliers,utility knife &screwdrivers) to first class.
Course description: Guides participants through installation of common electrical circuits and wiring systems. Study safety practices, learn to interpret codes,regulations and legistation, select tools, equipment and machinery appropriately for projects. Some practical work will be included and students should bring basic tools(pliers, utility knife & screwdrivers) to first class.
Course description: The basic structural elements of residential buildings are introduced in this course. Topics covered include codes, the construction process, and structural systems in wood, concrete, and masonry. Required textbook available from Instructor.
Course description: Design framing systems used for residential construction. Construct interior walls, exterior walls, roof system, and stairs for a residential dwelling. Use hand and power tools safely and participate in typical layout procedures.
Course description: Prepare information, select appropriate scales, determine correct presentation and positioning of drawings and details, and draft plans, elevations, sections, schedules and architectural details for the construction drawing set of a typical residential structure.

Select 1 from the next 2 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: By the completion of this course, the student will be able to apply energy efficiency design and detailing information to typical residential structures to significantly reduce heating, cooling, and ventilation costs with due regard for cost effectiveness and climatic factors.
Course description: Practice methods of choosing, setting-up, and installing finish trim carpentry to doors, windows, bases, stairs, cabinets, etc.


Employment in some trades requires licenses. This program is not intended to provide such licenses.

At the start of each course the instructor will advise of required materials and supplies.