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Training for Continuing Professional Development

Learn how your organization can be approved to provide training for CPD for residential builders in B.C.

Education providers can supply both formal and informal training towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. For those activities to be approved for CPD credit, they must meet these requirements:

  • Be relevant to residential construction
  • Have verifiable attendance at the activity

Training must be relevant to one of the following areas:

  1. Relevant enactments (i.e. the purpose of the BC Building Code and BC Fire Code, including the Vancouver Building Bylaw, and how they apply to residential construction)
  2. Construction management and supervision, including project planning, cost estimating, scheduling, materials procurement, scope of work changes, contingency planning, site reporting, site safety and staff/contractor management
  3. Construction technology, including building durability, control of heat and moisture flow, building envelope features, mechanical systems and structural components, and the effect of climate and soil conditions
  4. Customer service and home warranty insurance, including maintaining positive customer relations, implementing a customer service plan and responding to defects identified under a home warranty insurance policy
  5. Financial planning and budget management, including basic accounting, construction financing and contingency planning
  6. Legal issues, including contract and consumer protection law, the land title registry, obligations respecting insurance and home warranty insurance, builder liability, the Homeowner Protection Act and Builders Lien Act, dispute resolution, and the effect of provincial enactments and municipal bylaws
  7. Business planning and management, including strategic business planning, management and administration
  8. Business ethics, which could include topics such as corporate governance, reputation, bribery, discrimination, corporate social responsibility and fiduciary responsibilities

Formal learning

This includes structured courses or training sessions that require successful and verifiable completion of a graded exam or assignment. Formal learning can only be offered by:

Informal training

This could be attending a conference, webinar or workshop that’s relevant to the construction industry. Or it could be attending a professional or construction industry association meeting, whose main purpose is to give training in one or more of the CPD competency areas.

Another type of informal training could be a seminar provided by a manufacturer of a material or product that’s used in residential construction. The seminar’s purpose must then be the proper use or installation of that product or material. Employers may also offer training if its main focus is one of the CPD competency areas.

As long as attendance is verifiable, training can take place in many different places and formats. There is a wide variety of training options, including webinars and other forms of online distance learning.

Any of the recognized training providers who deliver formal training may also put on informal training.

Verifiable attendance

Education providers must keep a record of actual attendance. An applicant just registering for a course or seminar isn’t sufficient.

The provider must provide that record to the attendee and keep it for at least three years in case the attendee is audited. This proof of attendance must include:

  • A description of the activity
  • When the activity took place
  • The organization delivering the activity
  • The learning method, such as classroom or online
  • The number of hours attended

Only verifiable hours in attendance count for CPD points. Attendees cannot claim points for homework and related reading, breaks or exam time.

Getting approved to supply CPD training

If your organization would like to become an approved education provider for CPD, email us at qualifications@bchousing.org. You must provide:

  • Information on the offering institution
  • Sample of one of your course outlines
  • Information about how you intend to track attendance and verify course completion
  • Brief explanation on how you intend to market your course and a link to your website

Getting courses approved for CPD training

If your organization is approved to supply CPD training, we'll send you a link to the Education Provider Portal. This is where you submit courses for our review to ensure they meet the CPD criteria. You must provide: 

  • The course syllabus
  • The number of hours of training provided in each competency area 
  • Details of the dates, times and locations of the course
  • Information on how participation is verified
  • Details of how the exam or assignment is graded, if applicable
  • Notification of whether the offering is publicly available

Approval granted

Once we approve an education provider and its course, we give it access to the Education Registry. We constantly update the registry, which has our list of pre-approved courses and providers and helps builders find providers when looking for training opportunities.

The registry has a large list of BC Housing pre-approved courses. Search by:

  • Offering
  • Provider name
  • Training format
  • City
  • Area
  • Number of CPD points

Using the CPD logo

CDP logo

We also supply approved education providers with the CPD logo, along with a guide sheet on usage. The logo conveys a seal of approval. They tell builders that the course or training opportunity from the provider meets the licensing requirements.

Providers can use the logo online or on printed material associated with the recognized training.

More information

If you have any questions about education and training, call us at 604-646-7050 or 1-800-407-7757 (toll free), or email qualifications@bchousing.org. Our staff will be happy to help you.

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