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 license 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, 2020, you must complete your CPD credits before October 1, 2021. Credits can now roll over to the next year.

How do I earn CPD credits?

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

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. Visit our events calendar <link to page> for information on upcoming activities.

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