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This certificate program is designed for those wishing to enter the field of architecture, as well as those already employed in the field and wishing to improve their skills and credentials. With additional courses, this six-course certificate is recognized by the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO) as meeting the educational requirements for membership as a Probationer Technician. Students interested in the AATO should refer to the Professional Institutes and Associations section.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

A post-secondary undergraduate education (university or college) in a relevant field of study including programs related to architecture and/or environmental science.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate. A maximum of three course credits may be granted on the basis of equivalent courses successfully completed at other post-secondary institutions or fully documented work experience. After completing the four required courses, students may select from the elective courses listed.

It is recommended that the required courses be taken in the following order: CKAR 300, CKAR 310, CKAR 205, and CKAR 103.

For further information about the program, please contact Anne-Marie Brinsmead, Program Director, at or at 416.979.5000, ext. 2665, or Yew-Thong Leong, Academic Coordinator, at, or attend a Program Open House.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Sample Certificate Completion Models

Certificate-completion models offer combinations of courses that have been developed to assist you in completing your certificate in three or six terms. Planning your studies according to one of these models allow you to complete your certificate at a pace suitable to you.

Certificate in three terms
FALL 1: CKAR 300, CKAR 310
WINTER 1: CKAR 103, CKAR 205
FALL 2: Electives (two)
Certificate in six terms
FALL 1: CKAR 310
FALL 2: CKAR 300
Note: Pathways may be combined so that a student begins with one course per term then switches to two courses per term, or vice versa.

Required Courses

CKAR 103   Architectural Science:  Architectural Studio - Fundamental
CKAR 205   Architectural Science:  Building Codes and Regulations
CKAR 300   Architectural Science:  Architectural Drawing
CKAR 310   Architectural Science:  Materials and Methods

Electives (select two)

CENT 500   Entrepreneurship and Strategy:  New Venture Startup
CKAR 203   Architectural Science:  Specifications and Contractual Documents
CKAR 209   Architectural Science:  Digital Graphics for Architecture and Design
CKAR 500   Architectural Science:  Sustainable Buildings
CKAR 785   Architectural Science:  Building Info Modelling (REVIT)
CKDA 610   Architectural Science:  Digital Architectural Modelling
CKDA 611   Architectural Science:  Digital Architectural Rendering
CKPM 213   Project Management:  Management of Projects in the AEC
CKPM 214   Project Management:  Project Development and Control
CTEC 210   Technology Studies:  Fundamentals of Project Management

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CENT 500   Entrepreneurship and Strategy:  New Venture Startup
CKPM 213   Project Management:  Management of Projects in the AEC
CTEC 210   Technology Studies:  Fundamentals of Project Management