Builder Education Requirements

Continuing Professional Development for Residential Builders in British Columbia

On March 4, 2015, the Province first announced an enhanced licensing system to raise the bar of professionalism in British Columbia’s residential construction industry.

All licensed general contractors are now required to take Continuing Professional Development  in areas related to the residential construction industry as a condition of renewing their licence each year. CHBA is an approved training provider by the Homeowner Protection Office, a branch of BC Housing.

Each applicant is required to have earned 40 Continuing Professional Development credits (CPD Credits) in the one year period between their license renewal dates. For example, if you renewed your license on October 1, 2016, you must complete your CPD credits before October 1, 2017. Any credits outside that period do not count, and excess credits cannot roll over into the next year.

How do I earn CPD credits?

Credits are awarded in three areas: active practice, formal learning and in-formal learning. Applicants must keep proof of their completed CPD credits and training for three years.

Active Practice means being actively engaged in the construction management of new homes throughout the year. Every 20 hours of learning is equal to 1 CPD credit of active practice, and you can claim up to 20 credits (400 hours) each renewal.

Formal Learning is attendance in structured courses and training that includes an exam or assignments. Courses offered through the CHBA BC Continuing Education program are all eligible for various amounts of CPD credits in formal learning. See the courses available on the Courses & Certifications page <link to page>.

In-Formal Learning is attendance at training activities such as conferences, seminars, workshops, or research. CHBA-VI works to schedule relevant speakers at every Members Dinner Meeting and also host various additional seminars and lunch and learns to offer informal learning CPD credits for builders. The maximum points you can claim from In-Formal learning is capped at 20 CPD points. Visit our events calendar <link to page> for information on upcoming activities.

What subject areas count for CPD credits?

CPD Credits are split into two categories: Group A and Group B.

You must ensure that a minimum of 20 out of the 40 CPD credits fall within Group A. The focus is more on Group A competencies due to being more technical.  There is no minimum requirement for Group B credits. ie. You can get all your CPD points under Group A.

Other limits to note is Active Practice – maximum total of 400 hours which equals 20 CPD points. If a builder is actively building, we recommend that they claim all 400 hours (20 CPD) under Group A to meet the Group A requirement and the builder is also half-way to completing their CPD points.

Group A is points awarded for training that is related to Building Code, Construction management and supervision, construction technology and customer service/home warranty insurance.

Group B relates to financial planning and management, legal issues, business planning and management or business ethics. 

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