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Education Providers & Training

Education providers have an integral role in B.C.’s builder licensing system: they are instrumental in delivering the required training to help applicants meet the licensing requirements.

For activities to be approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit, they must meet these requirements:

  • Relevant to residential construction
  • Attendance at the activity must be verifiable

Training must be in the eight competency 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

Both formal and informal types of CPD can be used for CPD credit. Education providers can provide both types.

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

Informal training can take the form of 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, where the primary 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 core 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. Our Acceptable Training for Continuing Professional Development page gives a full breakdown of what education providers can offer.

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

Builders seeking training as part of the qualification requirements for a residential builder licence can try these providers:

The training must meet a detailed list of learning outcomes that show applicants are proficient in one of the seven core competency areas in order to be recognized as an eligible qualifications course. The courses must:

  • Cover one or more areas of the seven core competency areas
  • Have learning outcomes that are consistent with the criteria outlined in the Act and Regulation
  • Ensure applicants show proficiency through successful completion of a graded exam or assignment
  • Provide an acceptable method to verify successful completion of the course

Applicants must submit proof of successful completion of a course along with their application for a new residential builder licence.

As well as classroom learning, education providers can offer qualifications courses via distance or online options. However, an acceptable method to verify the candidate has successfully completed the course, such as passing an exam or assignment, must still be provided.

If the education provider offers challenge exams for their courses, we’ll accept verification of successful completion of the exam in lieu of actual attendance.

 

We constantly update the Education Registry, which has our list of pre-approved courses and providers. If your organization is interested in becoming an approved provider, email us at qualifications@bchousing.org. You will need to provide:

  • Information on the offering institution
  • 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

In the case of qualifications training for builders, education providers must also show how the course meets the learning outcomes for the relevant core competency area.

An applicant merely registering for a course or seminar isn’t sufficient proof of attendance. The education provider must keep a record of actual attendance. The provider must then provide that proof to the attendee, and keep the record for at least three years in case an 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, because these activities cannot be verified. However, distance learning courses are an exception: some study will be accepted instead of classroom time, as long as it can be verified by another means, such as an exam or online activity.

 

Once we approve an education provider and its course, we give it access to the Education Registry. This helps builders find the provider when looking for training opportunities. The Registry has a comprehensive list of BC Housing pre-approved courses that you can search by:

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

At the same time, we’ll also supply education providers with one or both of these two logos, along with a guide sheet on usage.

The logos convey a seal of approval and tell builders that the course or training opportunity that the provider is offering meets the requirements. Logos can be used online or on printed material associated with the recognized training.

Core Competency Logo CPD logo

 

 

More information

If you have any questions about education and training, please 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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