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Drywall Fundamentals

Ontario College Certificate
College Code:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2018 / 2019

About the Program

This 16-week program provides theory and hands-on training relevant to the drywall/interior finishes field including industrial, commercial, and residential applications. In addition, this program will also provide foundational drywall installation skills with an emphasis on general and specific safety training. Through academic upgrading outside the program design, students will have an opportunity to strengthen their math and communication skills, if required. This program will be delivered through a combination of theory (50%) and hands-on work (50%) taking place in a lab, shop, or onsite.

For more information, please contact our Student Recruitment staff at

Program Information

Length: 16-week Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Waterloo - August/2018 - Fall
Location: Waterloo
Start: August
First-Year Capacity: 24

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2018-2019 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2017 / 2018) for Drywall Fundamentals - Program # 1309

Waterloo - Fall 2018 Level 1 (Program Start: 2018-08-27)
Description Fall 2018
Full-time Program Tuition $1498.00
Student Priority Fee $50.65
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.45
Administration Fee $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75
CSI Association Fee $82.50
CSI - Advocacy Fee $5.75
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75
CSI Legal Protection $28.00
CSI Capital Development Fee - Waterloo $0.00
Session Total $2169.75
Year Total $2169.75

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2017 / 2018) for
Drywall Fundamentals - Program # 1309

Waterloo - Fall 2018 Level 1 (Program Start: 2018-08-27)
Description Fall 2018
International Program Tuition $6000.00
Student Priority Fee $50.65
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.45
Administration Fee $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75
CSI Association Fee $82.50
CSI - Advocacy Fee $5.75
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00
ISR $375.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75
CSI Legal Protection $28.00
CSI Capital Development Fee - Waterloo $0.00
CSI International Health Fee $485.00
Session Total $7531.75
Year Total $7531.75

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates can expect to find entry-level employment in the construction industry or a traditional apprenticeship in the drywall finisher trade.

On average, 100% of graduates from the last three years (2014 to 2016) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1309)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
CARP1270 Carpentry Theory and Practice

Description: Students will apply theory in a shop environment through hands on practice and by completing small scale carpentry projects. Students will be instructed on the proper use of common carpentry hand and power tools and practice safe use of the common tools encountered on a construction site specifically related to the Carpentry field. In addition, students will identify materials used within the residential sector and learn to read simple drawings and specifications. Students will be expected to interact with others in a professional manner consistent with industry best practices.
Hours: 64
Credits: 4

CDEV1830 Career Success

Description: This course focuses on the skills needed to conduct a successful job search. Students will explore the labour market and identify trends that may impact their future careers. They will develop skills for an effective job search including networking, self-marketing documents and tools as well as interview skills. Mock interviews will provide the opportunity for practice, feedback and reflection as students prepare for future interviews. Students will develop a personalized job search plan to support their future careers.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

COMM1400 Communications for the Trades

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to contractor and business communications. Emphasis is placed on analyzing audience, determining purpose and effective ordering of ideas for various written communications such as letters, memoranda, and informal reports in the trade environment. As well, all students are expected to participate in group work throughout the semester and are expected to give oral presentations. Students will also learn how to deal with customer service in a construction environment.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2

CONS1680 Drywall Safety

Description: This safety course provides information on safe and unsafe working conditions and practices on a typical drywall jobsite. Students will learn to inspect the job site, to determine hazards and recognize situations that are deemed unsafe in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. They will learn to address unsafe conditions to ensure public and worker safety near a job site. Students will learn how to select and safely use appropriate breathing apparatus and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and proper material handling techniques both when working at ground level and at heights. This course combines classroom theory with job site practice.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2

CONS1690 Drywall Theory

Description: Students will gain an overview of the drywall trade and applications on a construction site. Drywall related tools, equipment, materials and supplies will be discussed. Topics will include how to prepare a site for access of various drywall materials according to industry specifications, the procedures for hanging drywall on walls and ceilings, in accordance with required codes, specifications and regulations of the trade. Students will also learn techniques for special drywall installations and drywall repair.
Hours: 80
Credits: 5

CONS1700 Drywall Practice

Description: Students will learn how to handle tools, equipment, materials and supplies and how to install drywall materials. They will also be required to interpret drawings for drywall projects and demonstrate the ability to estimate materials and supplies to accepted standards. Students will gain basic knowledge of drywall techniques, including how to select the right type of drywall, prepare, hang, tape, mud, and finish according to manufacturers' recommendations, contract documents and accepted trade practices. They will be able to demonstrate the use and maintenance of basic hand tools, power tools and measurement and installation tools according to accepted trade practices.
Hours: 224
Credits: 11

MATH1230 Mathematics for the Trades

Description: This course includes calculator use, whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages, integers, formula manipulations, ratio and proportion, metric measurement, geometry (2D & 3D) and basic trigonometry. Students will be required to use basic math and problem solving skills as they plan, prepare and build masonry units.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Apply Now

Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using the Conestoga College International Application Portal. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
AUG, 2018 Waterloo Suspended
** Status applicable to domestic students
Program status for international students

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