Quick Facts

Service type: Employment, Newcomers, Persons with disability, Trades training , Women, Older Workers
Eligibility: Internationally Trained Individuals with a background in construction, engineering, architecture or related field
Delivery: Online
Fee: Free
Program dates: To be determined
Duration: 20 weeks of skills training and one year of post-program support

Program Description

The Building Code Skills Development Program for Internationally Trained Individuals, delivered by George Brown College in partnership with WoodGreen, is a skills-training initiative that prepares participants for the role of Building Official, working in the construction sector or public administration.


Participants will learn:

  • Building code legislation and regulations
  • Principles of building science and how they affect the performance of various materials, construction types, building designs and mechanical systems
  • Technical communication skills and electronic communication processes used by the construction industry
  • Reading and interpretation of construction drawings, and how drawings must be prepared for building permit applications


Program content has been created in collaboration with the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA) and George Brown College’s Continuing Education Technology and Trades Department.


WoodGreen supports the program by cultivating relationships with employers and creating opportunities for guest lectures, site tours, job shadowing and paid work placements. We also help students prepare for employment through workshops and one-on-one support to build resume writing and interviewing skills.


For more information, download the program flyer or visit the George Brown College website.


Program graduates will:

  • Receive a Building Officials Fundamentals Certificate from George Brown College
  • Receive Ontario Continuing Education Credits, which may be transferable to construction and engineering technology programs
  • Be eligible for a one-year student membership with the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA)
  • Be eligible for the OBOA Building Code Qualified (BCQ) certification and the Building Code Identification Number (BCIN) exams for House 2012 and General Legal/Process 2012
  • Receive guidance and information on educational and career pathways


Eligibility requirements:

  • Internationally Trained Individuals with a background in construction, engineering, architecture or related field
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Eligible to work in Ontario
  • Permanent Resident or Canadian citizen
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 8 minimum
  • Interested applicants will be assessed for English and Math skills (Ontario Grade 12 or equivalent)
  • Have a current resume and be able to demonstrate previous experience, interest and suitability to both training and employment within the municipalities and/or construction sectors
  • Able to commit to up to 20 weeks of academic and skills training
  • Must have access to a computer and internet

How you can support

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Ready to participate?

Contact George Brown College using the information below to register or for more information about the program.


Contact Infortmation

Heather Edmund

(416) 415-5000 ext. 6647





This program is funded by:

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