Architectural Pathways

Interested in architecture? Are you trying to pursue a pathway related to it? Some options after high school include workplace, apprenticeship, college, and university.

The architecture industry is constantly evolving as advancing technology and modern developments lead to new and exciting design and construction opportunities. Architectural technicians play a vital role in the industry, working alongside architectural professionals to plan and execute sophisticated residential and commercial designs. Architecture programs at Ontario colleges train students to enter this progressive field, with practical skills and advanced training with the latest architectural technology.


A few colleges that offer architectural programs are CENTENNIAL, GEORGE BROWN, and ALGONQUIN college. Their programs range from 1 to 4 academic years in length. For a list of Canadian colleges, click here.

A few universities that offer architectural programs are University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, and Ryerson University. These universities off co-op programs which allow you to work while you learn, this is a very good program because it gives you job experience and allows you to pay off your dept while you are still in school. For a list of Canadian universities, click here.

Apprenticeship is a somewhat new and advancing form of education, it teaches students through actually work experience with mentors and experts in the job.

Apprenticeship combines on-the-job training from a licensed journeyperson with classroom-based technical training. Generally, 80-90% of the training is spent in the workplace.

OYAP students will not be scheduled for the in-school training until they have completed their O.S.S.D. and a copy of their transcript has been mailed or faxed to the local apprenticeship office. Technical training usually takes place at a community College or Union School. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities pays for 80% of the apprentice’s tuition. Apprentices are responsible for classroom fees – approximately $200 – $600 per session. The MTCU will notify the apprentice by mail of the date and location of his or her technical in-school training.

Once the apprentice has completed all components outlined in the training standards and passed the classroom-based technical training they can challenge the exam. A minimum of 70% is required to achieve journeyperson status.

Depending on the trade, an apprenticeship can take approximately two to five years to complete.

For more information about apprenticeship, click here.


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