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October 2, 2017

Our 2018 Building Excellence Research & Education Grants program is open

BC Housing is accepting Building Excellence Research & Education Grants submissions for the 2018 program. If you are interested in applying, please read the application guidelines and forms thoroughly, including the Frequently Asked Questions and the step-by-step guide.  Application forms and all related documents are available on the Grants & Funding Opportunities page.
 

September 18, 2017

Builders, we want to hear from you

Our 2017 province-wide survey of Licensed Residential Builders is online and ready for you! Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by clicking the link emailed to you by Tuesday, September 19. If you prefer to complete the survey over the phone, call Sentis Research toll-free at 1-855-463-4025 or email buildersurvey@sentissurvey.com.
 

September 6, 2017

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.


March 31, 2017

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.


March 31, 2017

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.

Download What builders need to know about owner builder projects


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