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Our 2018 Building Excellence Research & Education Grants program is now closed
We are no longer accepting Building Excellence Research & Education Grants submissions for the 2018 program. If you are interested in applying to the 2019 Grants Program, application forms and detailed submission guidelines will be available online in early fall 2018. Thank you to everyone who applied to this year’s program.
Our 2018 Building Excellence Research & Education Grants program is open
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New video: How to log CPD points using the Licensed Residential Builders portal
Reporting Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an essential part of maintaining and renewing your residential builder licence. This instructional video includes a step-by-step guide to help you log your CPD. Visit the Education & Training page for more information on CPD and educational requirements.
When and where to take the Owner Builder Exam
View the Owner Builder Exam schedule for a list of pre-scheduled exam sessions and dates.
Builders, looking for CPD points? Search the Education Registry for training options
The BC Housing Education Registry is a one-stop search tool for education and training opportunities from education providers across BC that are pre-approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit.
March 31, 2017
Study for the Owner Builder Exam
Find out what you need to know about the Owner Builder exam, helpful resources, optional training, how to schedule an exam, commonly asked questions and more in the Owner Builder Study Guide .
March 30, 2017
New video update on B.C.’s Enhanced Licensing System
Watch Wendy Acheson’s keynote address during CHBA BC’s Super Builders’ Week 2017. Learn more about builder qualifications, continuing professional development, helpful tips for online builder education resources and the Owner Builder Exam. Wendy is VP and Registrar of BC Housing’s Licensing & Consumer Services branch.
December 8, 2016
New name for the Homeowner Protection Office
We've changed our name to Licensing and Consumer Services. Since joining BC Housing in April 2010, we maintained a separate identity to ensure a smooth transition. Now we've fully integrated into BC Housing and retired the HPO name and logo. It's a new name, but our services are the same. Our new integrated website is customer-service focused, easier to navigate and mobile-friendly.
December 6, 2016
New owner builder exam requirement
If you’re applying for an Owner Builder Authorization in B.C., you must now pass an exam on home-building basics. Learn more about the New owner builder exam requirement
December 5, 2016
We’re listening: Our 2016 builder survey is now complete
Thank you to the more than 1,500 builders across B.C. who participated in our annual province-wide survey of licensed residential builders.
December 1, 2016
What builders need to know about owner builder projects
Our latest regulatory bulletin explains the level of involvement a construction professional can have in building a home under an Owner Builder Authorization.
November 5, 2016
Apply for Building Excellence Research and Education Grants funding
We’re now accepting applications for the spring 2017 Building Excellence Research and Education Grants Program. Eligible projects may receive up to $40,000. Learn more about how to Apply for Building Excellence Research and Education Grants funding