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What is Green Building Design and Drafting? A Beginner's Guide

Mar 19, 2021 1:53:16 PM

Photo: One of Canada's greenest buildings is the Centre for Sustainable Development in Montreal, Quebec

Like the idea of helping to create the next generation of sustainable buildings? Don't want to invest years in university, training to become a licensed architect?

A career in green building design and drafting could be a perfect fit.

Green building design focuses on creating safe, functional structures that have minimal impact on the environment. The aim is to produce buildings that satisfy human needs and respect the surrounding ecosystem.

But what does that mean in practice? What makes a building "green"?

How is a green building drafter different from a regular draftsperson? And what kind of training do you need to get into this field?

All those answers are in this post. And by the end, you'll be better prepared to decide if a career in sustainable architecture is right for you.

Let's begin.

Which Drafting Program Should You Choose? 6 Things to Consider

Mar 11, 2021 11:54:28 AM

Want to learn how to draft building plans, engineering blueprints, product models, or assembly manuals? A computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting program is your first step.

Drafting training focuses on teaching you how to use special software to create detailed technical drawings and blueprints for architects, engineers, and construction crews.

It can prepare you to play a pivotal role in the production of anything from houses and bridges to car parts and machinery.

And most drafting programs are fairly short. In less than 2 years, you will be ready to take on your first job as a draftsperson or CAD technician.

But finding a quality drafting program can be challenging. There are so many options out there, from short courses and certificates to diplomas and even degrees.

How can you tell which one is best for you? What should you be looking for?

In this post, we break down the 6 key characteristics of a solid CAD and drafting program. Find out what features are most important so you can start your career with confidence.

Top 5 Skills You'll Need to Succeed as a Programmer Analyst

Mar 10, 2021 9:47:09 AM

Updated June, 2021.

Making it as a programmer analyst is about so much more than learning how to code.

This occupation demands a surprisingly broad skillset that ranges from IT mastery to creativity to communications to problem-solving to diplomacy to business savvy.

What to Expect From a Sustainable Architecture Program: 4 Key Areas of Study

Mar 8, 2021 10:47:46 AM

If you're interested in architecture and passionate about the environment, it makes good sense to consider a sustainable architecture diploma.

Diplomas teach practical design and drafting skills, with a focus on green building principles. Where degrees go deep into the history and theory of sustainable architecture, diplomas focus on job-ready drafting skills.

A diploma is a good option for someone who wants to work in architecture, but doesn't want to invest years of training to become a licensed architect.

But programs of this kind are fairly new, so a lot of students have questions about how training works. It's important to know what skills you'll graduate with and where you can work after college.

How is sustainable architecture different from traditional architecture programs? What "extra" or different coursework is involved?

Here's everything you need to know about diplomas in sustainable design, including main areas of study and career paths after college.

Interior Design Diploma vs Degree: What's the Big Difference?

Mar 3, 2021 9:46:23 AM

Interested in becoming an interior designer? You've probably noticed that there are plenty of training programs to choose from, at both the college and university level.

So how do you know which option is best for you? What's the difference between an interior design diploma and an interior design degree?

Both types of programs cover design concepts, technical skills, and industry software. Both typically offer internship opportunities to help students get real-world experience as part of their training.

But degree programs spend a lot more time on design theory while diploma programs are built around practical design skills.

Degree programs are longer and more in-depth; diploma programs are shorter and more streamlined.

In this post, we help you understand the big difference between interior design diplomas and degrees - so you can decide which one is right for you.

15-month Programming Training: Meet the Instructor, Explore the Course

Feb 16, 2021 1:51:51 PM

Photo: Nima Tahriri, Programming instructor at Herzing College Montreal

If you're considering programming training, you might be a bit overwhelmed with all the courses and programs out there.

There are hundreds of bootcamps, diplomas, certificates, and degrees in software development and programming.

Options seem to swing from short crash-courses to 4-year university degrees - with not much in the middle.

Several years ago, Herzing College Montreal launched an alternative. It's a 15-month programming course that delivers comprehensive training in just over one year of study.

This week we interviewed the instructor, Nima Tahriri, an experienced programmer who studied coding in university and actually took Herzing's course back in 2018.

Nima explains why this training is so unique, what to expect in class, career options, and more.

Meet the teacher, explore the course, and see if programming is right for you.

My Review of Herzing's Sustainable Architecture Program

Jan 29, 2021 3:38:00 PM

Updated September, 2021.

Think you might want a career in architectural design, but have no real idea what training involves—or what it means to study "sustainable" architecture?

You're not so different from Robbie Hart. Robbie was a carpenter for 15 years before heading back to school to study sustainable architecture at Herzing College Montreal.

When he first started, he knew very little about eco-friendly design and had no drafting experience. Robbie understood the building process, but he'd never created technical drawings or used CAD software.

Now, just 6 months after graduation, he has built a successful freelance career as an architectural technician. Robbie is currently working for several companies, including McGee & Associes Inc. in Beaconsfield, Quebec. 

We interviewed Robbie to find out what he thought of Herzing's Sustainable Architecture program. We also wanted to know how he landed his first clients and how his career is progressing.

Read on for the highlights.

Early Childhood Education: What Jobs Can You Get With a Diploma?

Jan 11, 2021 2:31:41 PM

Updated May 2021,

In Canada, the term early childhood education refers to the education of children 12 years and under. 

The field includes children at the pre-school and elementary school level.

These are the most crucial years of human development. During the first 5 years, children reach many physicalcognitive, emotional, and social development milestones. 

This is why early childhood educators play such an important role in our academic system and society.

ECEs are a child’s first teachers outside of the home. They help lay the foundation for a child’s wellbeing and success in school and in life.

So, what exactly are your career options as an early childhood educator? Where can a college diploma in this field take you? 

You have more options than you might think. Here are four different positions you will qualify for with a college diploma in early childhood education.

Choosing a Good Programmer Analyst Course: 5 Tips for Students

Dec 9, 2020 1:41:04 PM

When it comes to a field like programming, there are just so many training options out there! It can be totally overwhelming for new students to sort through it all and find the right course. 

You have online coding bootcamps, 4-year programming degrees, individual courses, and everything in between. Which course is right for you? How should you judge and compare each program? 

In the end, it all depends on what you want to learn and what job you want to get.   

Do you already have some coding skills, and are just looking to brush up on some new programming languages or frameworks? 

Or are you starting from scratch and need a comprehensive training program?

This post is geared more toward the second group—newcomers who need a solid foundation in programming plus some work experience to launch their careers. 

If this is you, you’ll need a quality program that teaches the fundamentals through hands-on training. 

We'll guide you through how to choose a good Programmer Analyst course. Find out what to look for, which questions to ask admissions, and what steps to take next. Let’s get started! 

Is Programmer Analyst a Good Career? Advice for New Students

Nov 27, 2020 2:26:21 PM

Quick summary: Find out if programmer analyst is the right career for you by exploring the role, salary, job outlook, training requirements, and advice from a recent graduate.

Figuring out if programmer analyst is a good career starts by looking closely at your own interests and priorities. 

How much do you already know about this role? How much information do you have on the training requirements and job outlook for programmers? 

And of course, do you have the natural strengths needed to succeed in the role? 

It doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks. A career is ‘good’ if it feels challenging, rewarding, and worthwhile to you.  Does programmer analyst make the cut? 

Here are the most important points to consider when making your decision.

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