York Construction Academy (YCA) Programs

Construction Trades Training Program

Construction Technology
& Trades Training

Home Renovator Program

Home Renovator Program

Drywall Installer Program

Drywall Installer

Carpenter Assistant Program

Carpenter's Assistant


As part of this program, our students will learn the skills necessary to perform their chosen specialized tasks efficiently and professionally. Students will be familiarized with the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Canada’s national workplace hazard communication standard, and the laws and regulations (such as Shop and Site Safety Practices and Personal Injury Protection) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in order to apply important sections of these precautions to their own labour practices. Ensuring that students learn to value their safety at work should be a priority for any reputable trades college. Students will also be taught how to utilize blueprints, sketch drawings, and interpret specifications.

Our construction programs include training in important skills such as maintenance of shop equipment, framing methods for residential construction, and metal framing concepts. In addition, students will also undergo carpentry training, learning how to prepare and install baseboards, moldings, doors, windows, ceiling systems, and flooring systems. The installation and replacement of electrical wiring, lighting fixtures, electrical control, fire alarms, switches, relays, and circuit breaker panels to ensure compatibility and safety for customers will be taught as well.

Our students will undergo training in the field of plumbing, learning how to determine the layout of a plumbing system, how to install and maintain plumbing fixtures and systems, how to locate positions for pipe connections, passage holes, and fixtures in walls and floors; measure, cut, bend, and thread pipes using hand and power tools or machines; and join pipes using couplings, clams, screws, bolts, cement or soldering, and brazing and welding equipment. Ceramic wall tile-setting will be another major component of the Construction Technology program.


A state-of-the-art program, which allows individuals to successfully gain theoretical and practical training in residential renovations. This program can be for beginners who would like to pursue a career in the renovations industry or experienced individuals that would like to obtain legal Certification as a Home Renovator.

Students will also still be able to obtain their WHMIS and Fall Protection Certification as well as First Aid and CPR Certification. Our Home Renovator program is a combination of our Construction Technology Program but also now includes a more in depth hands-on-learning experience which includes roofs, roof rafters, handrails, framing for stairs and stringers.

The Renovation Industry is a big business with Canadians investing more than billions in residential remodeling. It is an industry that is always needed and in demand, wherever there is a new home being built, there is another home falling apart and in-turn in need of renovations.


A carpenter is a skilled person that works with timber to construct, install, and maintain buildings and furniture. In Canada, there are strict standards for entering this industry, therefore one can profit greatly from participating within it. One can become carpenter’s assistant by taking the YCA carpentry pre-apprenticeship program, but becoming a full carpenter will be up to our students.

The skills demanded of any carpenter’s assistant are numerous and include reading and interpreting blueprints, drawings, and sketches to calculate requirements and specifications, preparing layouts, measuring, cutting, shaping, assembling, and joining materials made of wood and wood substitutes, building foundations, installing floor beams, laying sub-flooring, and erecting walls and roof systems. Any good carpenter must also know how to maintain, repair, and renovate residences and wooden structures.


A drywall installer is basically a carpenter specializing in the installation of drywall and can work privately or for a construction firm. This makes it extremely profitable and independent occupation. As part of our drywall school, students will learn how to prepare layouts in conformance to building codes, position and secure sheets to metal or wooden studs and joists, and measure, cut, and fit drywall sheets for installation on walls and ceilings.

Students will also learn how to fill holes and cracks with joint compound using trowel and a broad knife, fabricate and install suspended metal ceiling grids and place in panels to form acoustical ceilings, and apply finishing tape and plaster to achieve a seamless appearance.