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Sewing (Certificate)

Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

This certificate is designed to prepare you to work in various aspects of the sewing industry. It may lead to self-employment as a tailor, or finding employment in retail fabric and clothing stores and entry level pattern and or sample makers in the industrial sector.


  • Entirely instructor-led with hands on training.
  • In-depth courses with focus on professional techniques and terminology.

Note: The College will provide a sewing machine during class if required, however these are not available for any home assignments. You will need a sewing machine of your own, in good repair, in order to complete the required home assignments.

Certificate Requirements

  • Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older)
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Draft customized patterns and alter commercial patterns to fit specific requirements for a variety of garments
  • Construct a variety of casual and tailored garments with professionally finished details to meet specific standards
  • Alter ready to wear garments to correct the fit for various figure types
  • Measure, design, and construct drapery and home decor items to meet specific requirements

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Tailor
  • Retail fabric salesperson
  • Pattern maker

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location
SEW 1900Sewing 1Whitby
SEW 3900Sewing 3Whitby
SEW 1907Sewing-Drapery Making 1Whitby
SEW 2907Sewing-Drapery Making 2Whitby
SEW 5900Sewing: Making DressesWhitby