Builder Licensing (In-Person)

How do I apply for a residential builder licence in BC?

To apply for a residential builder licence, all applicants must go through BC Housing Licensing & Consumer Services.

For full details on the licensing process, you can visit their comprehensive website at: https://www.bchousing.org/licensing-consumer-services/builder-licensing/

You can also contact BC Housing, Licensing & Consumer Services at:

  • Phone: 604-646-7050
  • Toll-Free Number: 1-800-407-7757
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

What are the requirements to become a licensed builder?

According to BC Housing, Licensing & Consumer Services:

  1. General contractor applicants must provide proof of 24 months of experience managing or supervising residential construction within the last five years.
  2. Applicants need to demonstrate competency by successfully completing approved training in seven core competency areas.

Which CHBA BC pre-approved courses meet the core competency areas?

Here are the CHBA BC pre-approved courses that meet the core competency areas (click to view the course descriptions).

Can more than one person fulfill the qualification requirements for a licence?

BC Housing Licensing & Consumer Services allows applicants to select a nominee to help fulfill the requirements. You can read more information about the requirements on their website.

Can I challenge competency requirements?

There is no option to challenge CHBA BC course exams. If you want to challenge a specific competency, BC Housing Licensing & Consumer Services offers a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Process. Please review the information on their website.

How do I register for CHBA BC courses?

To register for a course, please visit our education website at mycpd.chbabc.org. All courses that are pre-approved as meeting the core competency requirements are listed under the Builder Licensing folder.

Do I have to set up a student profile to take courses?

Yes, all students must set up CHBA BC student accounts. These accounts are tied to the individual, not the company, and provide online access to required course components such as quizzes and assignments. While there is an option to provide company information, student contact information must be under the student’s first and last name. This is also the name printed on any relevant certificates. Students may not share accounts.

How do I plan my courses?

All courses have a list of available dates for in-person sessions posted online for registration. In-class sessions are mandatory and exams are written during the same afternoon. You should plan courses according to your own flexibility with the available dates shown online.

There is no set order for the courses with the exception of the BC Building Code. If you are taking the BC Building Code course for licensing purposes then Part 1 must be taken before Part 2.

What is the course structure?

Once a student enrolls in a course, a CHBA BC course manual is automatically shipped to the student’s mailing address. Students are expected to:

  1. Read the manual in full.
  2. Log into the online system to complete mandatory quiz questions for each chapter.
  3. Log into the online system to download one to two assignments (optional activity), to be completed and emailed to instructors one week prior to the in-person session.
  4. Attend the in-person session the student has registered for. An open book final exam will be written by all students in the afternoon of the in-person session.

What is the exam format?

All exams are open book. The time provided can vary for each exam, and ranges between 1-3 hours (All online exams have a 3 hour time limit maximum).  Students are permitted to have their CHBA BC student manual and handwritten, or printed notes. Exams can consist of multiple choice, true or false, definitions, fill in the blank, and short answer questions.

Any screenshots or photographs taken of instructors’ PowerPoint slides or other materials presented online are NOT allowed to be referenced during the exam.

  • Building Science for New Homes – students also have a printed handout labelled R-2000 Standard.
  • BC Building Code – students must have access to their own copy of the BC Building Code (available at www.bccodes.ca as either an electronic version or a hardcopy version).
  • Financial Management – students are permitted to have a traditional calculator (no graphing calculators, computer calculators or phones allowed)

Are student materials included in course costs?

Yes, a CHBA BC manual is included in the course enrollment fees.

Exceptions: For BC Building Code Part 1 and 2, students must have access to their own copy of the 2018 BC Building Code (available for purchase through www.bccodes.ca).

  • Student manuals are printed and shipped on demand, once a student enrolls in a course online. Students are responsible for ensuring that an up-to-date mailing address is provided upon initial enrollment. Once a textbook is ready to be shipped, students will automatically receive an email with a Canada Post tracking number.
  • Please note that a Canadia shipping address is required. Course materials will not be shipped outside of Canada.

How do I access course discounts?

Members of CHBA BC are eligible to receive a 25% discount on select courses.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact the Local Home Builders’ Association in your area: https://mycpd.chbabc.org/local-associations.html.

If you’re a member of a local Home Builders’ Association, please email education@cpd.chbabc.org to confirm eligibility for your course fee discount. (Note that simply signing up for CHBA BC student account does not qualify for a member discount.)

Are student substitutions allowed?

If you are unable to attend an in-person/online session and would like to send another individual in your place, please note there will be a $150+GST administration fee. All requests must be received no later than two weeks prior to the start of an in-person/online session date.  All requests for course date changes will only be accepted via email to education@cpd.chbabc.org.

I have signed up for an in-person session and can’t make that date. What are my options?

All requests for course date changes carry a $150 administrative fee (plus GST). All requests for course date changes must be made in writing via email to education@cpd.chbabc.org. Course date changes are subject to availability.

What should I expect from the final exam?

All final exams are open book. The length of time allowed to write each exam depends on the particular course. No exam is longer than three hours in duration. Exams may consist of multiple choice, true or false, definition and short answer questions.

What grade do I need to pass a course?

You must achieve a minimum grade of 80% on the open book final exam in order to pass a course.

What do I need to bring to the in-person session and exam?

CHBA BC final exams are open book. During exam writing, you can reference your CHBA BC student manual or other assigned course materials (e.g. Canadian Home Builders’ Association Builders’ Manual). You can also reference any hard-copy study notes you’ve taken prior to the exam. Spare copies of the student manual are not available in-person session.

It is important for students to review the CHBA BC Code of Conduct and Exam Writing  Policy and Procedures:

CHBA BC Exam Writing Policy and Procedures.  Students must present a valid photo ID in order to write the final exam. Students who do not present a valid ID will be required to reschedule their exam through an invigilation centre and are responsible for any administrative fees incurred.

When do I get to see my exam results?

Please allow up to three weeks to receive your exam results. Once a final exam mark is entered into the system, you will automatically be notified via email. You will be advised either to log into your online account to view your grade and download your certificate of completion or to schedule an exam rewrite if needed.

What if I don’t pass the final exam the first time?

If you are not successful in passing the final exam, you can schedule an exam rewrite. Exam rewrites are scheduled through invigilation centres throughout the province. Students are responsible for any administration fees incurred. Students are given the opportunity to re-write a maximum of two times before having to retake the course and pay again in full.

How long do I have to complete each course?

You have up to one year from the date of enrollment to complete a course. If you can’t make an in-person/online class date, please contact education@cpd.chbabc.org to request a course date deferral. All course date deferrals incur an admin fee of $150+GST. You will be provided with the next available set of class dates, subject to availability.

What is the course cancellation policy?

All requests for refunds must be made in writing via email to education@cpd.chbabc.org. No telephone requests will be accepted.

  • If a request is received within 14 days of the initial registration date, a registrant who requests a refund will receive a full refund less a $150.00 administrative fee (plus GST).
  • If a request is received during the period from 14 days after the registration date to 4 pm of the 14th day prior to the one-day in-person/online session (which is reserved during the registration process), a registrant who requests a refund will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee.
  • Within 14 days from the start of the in-person/online session, no refunds will be issued; registrants will forfeit all course fees.

Builder Licensing (Online)

How do I apply for a residential builder licence in BC?

To apply for a residential builder licence, all applicants must go through BC Housing Licensing & Consumer Services.

For full details on the licensing process, you can visit their comprehensive website at: https://www.bchousing.org/licensing-consumer-services/builder-licensing/

You can also contact BC Housing, Licensing & Consumer Services at:

  • Phone: 604-646-7050
  • Toll-Free Number: 1-800-407-7757
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

What are the requirements to become a licensed builder?

According to BC Housing, Licensing & Consumer Services:

  1. General contractor applicants must provide proof of 24 months of experience managing or supervising residential construction within the last five years.
  2. Applicants need to demonstrate competency by successfully completing approved training in seven core competency areas.

Which CHBA BC pre-approved courses meet the core competency areas?

Here are the CHBA BC pre-approved courses that meet the core competency areas (click to view the course descriptions).

Can more than one person fulfill the qualification requirements for a licence?

BC Housing Licensing & Consumer Services allows applicants to select a nominee to help fulfill the requirements. You can read more information about the requirements on their website.

Can I challenge competency requirements?

There is no option to challenge CHBA BC course exams. If you want to challenge a specific competency, BC Housing Licensing & Consumer Services offers a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Process. Please review the information on their website.

How do I register for CHBA BC courses?

To register for a course, please visit our education website at mycpd.chbabc.org. All courses that are pre-approved as meeting the core competency requirements are listed under the Builder Licensing folder.

Do I have to set up a student profile to take courses?

Yes, all students must set up CHBA BC student accounts. These accounts are tied to the individual, not the company, and provide online access to required course components such as quizzes and assignments. While there is an option to provide company information, student contact information must be under the student’s first and last name. This is also the name printed on any relevant certificates. Students may not share accounts.

How do I plan my courses?

All courses have a list of available dates for online sessions posted online for registration. Online sessions are mandatory and final exams need to be self scheduled any time following the online sessions. You should plan courses according to your own flexibility with the available dates shown online.

There is no set order for the courses with the exception of the BC Building Code. If you are taking the BC Building Code course for licensing purposes then Part 1 must be taken before Part 2.

What is the course structure?

Once a student enrolls in a course, a CHBA BC course manual is automatically shipped to the student’s mailing address. Students are expected to:

  1. Read the manual in full.
  2. Log into the online system to complete mandatory quiz questions for each chapter.
  3. Log into the online system to download one to two assignments (optional activity), to be completed and emailed to instructors one week prior to the webinar session.
  4. Attend the online session the student has registered for.
  5. An open book final online exam will be written by all students. (*Please note that students self-schedule their own final exam in advance through the 3rd party online exam service provider, ProctorU.)

What is the exam format?

All exams are open book. The time provided can vary for each exam, and ranges between 1-3 hours (All online exams have a 3 hour time limit maximum).  Students are permitted to have their CHBA BC student manual and handwritten, or printed notes. Exams can consist of multiple choice, true or false, definitions, fill in the blank, and short answer questions.

Any screenshots or photographs taken of instructors’ PowerPoint slides or other materials presented online are NOT allowed to be referenced during the exam.

  • Building Science for New Homes – students also have a printed handout labelled R-2000 Standard.
  • BC Building Code – students must have access to their own copy of the BC Building Code (available at www.bccodes.ca as either an electronic version or a hardcopy version).
  • Financial Management – students are permitted to have a traditional calculator (no graphing calculators, computer calculators or phones allowed)

What are the technical requirements for online courses?

Technical requirements for online courses

Online course requirements - Students are required to attend sessions in full, and attendance will be verified throughout the sessions. All online sessions are live instructor-led sessions and participation is strongly encouraged. Those are hosted through ZOOM meeting software. To use ZOOM, you will need the following:

  • High-speed internet connection
  • Webcam (either on laptop or desktop computer)
  • Microphone
 

Exam requirements - ProctorU is a live online proctoring service that allows you to take your exam from the comfort of your home.  ProctorU is available 24/7, meaning you can schedule an exam anytime.  In order to use ProctorU you will need the following:

  • High-speed internet connection
  • Webcam (internal or external)
  • Windows or Mac Operating System
  • Up-to-date Chrome or Firefox browser and extension installed (see below for instructions on adding extension)
  • Government issued photo ID

Watch a short pre-exam checklist video from ProctorU to see what the proctoring process is like by clicking here.

Test your equipment to see if it is compatible for use with ProctorU: https://test-it-out.proctoru.com/.  You can also connect to a live technician to walk you through the process.

Are student materials included in course costs?

Yes, a CHBA BC manual is included in the course enrollment fees.

Exceptions: For BC Building Code Part 1 and 2, students must have access to their own copy of the 2018 BC Building Code (available for purchase through www.bccodes.ca).

  • Student manuals are printed and shipped on demand, once a student enrolls in a course online. Students are responsible for ensuring that an up-to-date mailing address is provided upon initial enrollment. Once a textbook is ready to be shipped, students will automatically receive an email with a Canada Post tracking number.
  • Please note that a Canadia shipping address is required. Course materials will not be shipped outside of Canada.

How do I access course discounts?

Members of CHBA BC are eligible to receive a 25% discount on select courses.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact the Local Home Builders’ Association in your area: https://mycpd.chbabc.org/local-associations.html.

If you’re a member of a local Home Builders’ Association, please email education@cpd.chbabc.org to confirm eligibility for your course fee discount. (Note that simply signing up for CHBA BC student account does not qualify for a member discount.)

Are student substitutions allowed?

If you are unable to attend an in-person/online session and would like to send another individual in your place, please note there will be a $150+GST administration fee. All requests must be received no later than two weeks prior to the start of an in-person/online session date.  All requests for course date changes will only be accepted via email to education@cpd.chbabc.org.

I missed my webinar session. How do I book another session?

All requests for course date changes carry an administrative fee of $150+GST. All requests for course date changes must be made in writing to education@cpd.chbabc.org. Course date changes are subject to availability.  Students are responsible for rescheduling their own exams.

What grade do I need to pass a course?

You must achieve a minimum grade of 80% on the open book final exam in order to pass a course.

How do I book my online exam? Is there a fee for scheduling?

Please visit www.proctoru.com to schedule your exam.  If you are a new user, please create a new student account. Pick the date and time that works best for you. Students will be required to pay an administrative fee directly to ProctorU for the exam cost. Please visit this link for full details on how to book your own exam.

When can I book my exam?

You can book your exam at any time, after you have been enrolled in an online course.  Once your online session date has been confirmed, your exam can be booked for the same day or later (for example, 2 days later, or 2 weeks later). It is entirely up to you to decide when you are ready to write it.

Please note students have one year from the date of enrollment to complete the course in full, including the final exam.  Any extensions will incur an admin fee of $150+GST.

Can I write an in-person proctored exam?

CHBA BC has a list of pre-approved providers that host in-person exams (written as either a paper version or an online version). Please contact education@cpd.chbabc.org for more details. Students will be required to pay an administrative fee directly to the proctoring service provider for the exam cost.

I have written my exam and passed. What are the next steps?

Once you have successfully passed your final exam, the overall mark will be updated within one week of the exam date. To expedite the process, please make sure you have completed your quiz questions prior to the online session date. CHBA BC is required to verify that all components of the course have been completed prior to the student profile being updated with a certificate of completion available to download.

How long do I have to complete each course?

You have up to one year from the date of enrollment to complete a course. If you can’t make an in-person/online class date, please contact education@cpd.chbabc.org to request a course date deferral. All course date deferrals incur an admin fee of $150+GST. You will be provided with the next available set of class dates, subject to availability.

What is the course cancellation policy?

All requests for refunds must be made in writing via email to education@cpd.chbabc.org. No telephone requests will be accepted.

  • If a request is received within 14 days of the initial registration date, a registrant who requests a refund will receive a full refund less a $150.00 administrative fee (plus GST).
  • If a request is received during the period from 14 days after the registration date to 4 pm of the 14th day prior to the one-day in-person/online session (which is reserved during the registration process), a registrant who requests a refund will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee.
  • Within 14 days from the start of the in-person/online session, no refunds will be issued; registrants will forfeit all course fees.

Continuing Professional Development

How do I registser for CPD courses?

A list of CHBA BC courses that are approved for CPD points can be found here.   CHBA BC offers courses in a variety of formats, including eLearning, Seminars, and Webinars. Students can select courses that best suit their leaning preferences and schedules.

Why do I need Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

BC Housing’s Licensing and Consumer Services requires that all active licensed residential builders complete a minimum of 20 CPD points related to the residential construction industry on an annual basis.  Points can be earned through training, from research and education (or a combination of both).  

For more details, please visit BC Housing’s website at: https://www.bchousing.org/licensing-consumer-services/builder-licensing/CPD

CHBA BC is a pre-approved education provider.

What course formats are offered for CPD offerings?

  • eLearning is a structured course where students must work through a series of set modules, culminating in a final exam at the end.  eLearning typically is a dive deep into a particular subject matter, delivering more in-depth knowledge.
  • Seminars or Webinars are typically live lecture style presentations that take place in an informal setting.  They are not structured like a formal course and typically do not include a final exam.

How do I access course discounts?

Members of CHBA BC are eligible to receive a 25% discount on select courses.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact the Local Home Builders’ Association in your area: https://mycpd.chbabc.org/local-associations.html.

If you’re a member of a local Home Builders’ Association, please email education@cpd.chbabc.org to confirm eligibility for your course fee discount. (Note that simply signing up for CHBA BC student account does not qualify for a member discount.)

Are student substitutions allowed?

If you are unable to attend an in-person/online session and would like to send another individual in your place, please note there will be a $150+GST administration fee. All requests must be received no later than two weeks prior to the start of an in-person/online session date.  All requests for course date changes will only be accepted via email to education@cpd.chbabc.org.

What are the technical requirements to access the CPD courses (eLearning, Online Recording)?

Students must have access to the following:

  • A Laptop or a desktop computer
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Supportive Browsers
    • Windows: Internet Explorer 11+, Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
    • macOS: Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
    • Linux: Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

[Seminars] Where are seminars hosted?

Seminars are hosted throughout the province, typically at hotel venues.  Due to the ongoing pandemic, all seminars for CPD courses have been suspended.

[Webinars] What are the technical requirements for webinars?

Webinars are hosted through ZOOM meeting software. To use ZOOM, you will need the following:

  • High-speed internet connection
  • Webcam (either on laptop or desktop computer)
  • Microphone

Students are strongly encouraged to test all equipment before a scheduled session.  Please visit: https://zoom.us/test to test your equipment.

Students are required to attend the sessions in full, and the attendance will be verified throughout the sessions. Webinars are live instructor-led sessions, and participation is stronly encouraged.

[eLearning] Can I get partial CPD points if I do not want to take the exam?

Students must complete the full course, including successful completion of the exam. Partial CPD points will not be awarded.

[eLearning] What is the exam format?

Exams can consist of multiple choice and true or false questions. A maximum of 3 hours is provided for each final exam. 

[eLearning] What grade do I need to pass a course?

A pass mark of 80% is required on the final exam for successful completion of the course.

[eLearning] How do I access the final exam?

The final exam is automatically unlocked once a student has successfully completed ALL modules in the course.

[eLearning] What if I don’t pass the final exam?

Students who do not pass the final exam on their first attempt can be granted additional attempts for an administrative fee of $50+GST per attempt.

[eLearning] How long do I have to complete each course?

The course must be completed in full within one year of the initial enrollment date.  Any requests for course extensions will incur a standard administrative fee of $150+GST.  Course deferrals will provide students access to the course and final exam for one additional year. All requests for course extensions must be submitted via email to education@chbabc.org.

[Online Recording] What is an Online Recording?

Online Recordings are collections of past seminars & webinars converted into an online format. You can access Online Recordings any time at your convenience without being tied to a scheduled date/time.

[Online Recording] How to complete an Online Recording course?

Once you receive the enrollment confirmation email, the Online Recording will be available for you to access within your student account. (mycpd.chbabc.org login -> My Courses -> CPD (Informal) -> Online Recordings -> Start) Once you “start” an Online Recording course, recording(s) will be available for you to play. Please note the recordings cannot be skipped and students must watch the whole set of recordings in the course for CPD points.

[Online Recording] Do Online Recording courses have expirations?

The course must be completed in full within one year of the initial enrollment date.  Any requests for course extensions will incur a standard administrative fee of $50+GST.  Course deferrals will provide students access to the course and final exam for one additional year. All requests for course extensions must be submitted via email to education@chbabc.org.

[Online Recording] What is the Online Recording cancellation policy?

If the cancellation request is received after the course has been access or expired, no refund will be issued. *All requests for refunds must be made only in writing via email to education@cpd.chbabc.org; no telephone requests will be accepted.

I have completed a CPD course – how do I access my certificate of completion?

Certificates can be found within a student’s online account under Transcripts. Once a certificate is available for download, students will receive an automated email notification from CHBA BC. Please allow up to one week for certificates to be available immediately following any seminars/webinars.

Where do I report my CPD Points?

All builders are required to report CPD points directly to BC Housing within the Licensed Residential Builders Portal.  Education providers do not have access to this portal and cannot submit on behalf of a student.

What is the cancellation policy for CPD courses?

  • If a request is received within 14 days of initial registration date, a registrant who requests a refund will receive a full refund less a $50.00+GST administrative fee;
  • If a request is received less than 14 days prior to the event, no refunds will be issued.

 All requests for cancellations will only be accepted via email to education@cpd.chbabc.org.

Registration Resources

Watch our brief videos, review exam policies and registration information to set yourself up for academic success.

Programs & Courses

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Builder Licensing

Interested in becoming a licensed residential builder in British Columbia? Take CHBA BC builder licensing courses to achieve BC Housing’s core requirements and become a licensed residential builder in the province.

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Certificate Programs

Complete CHBA BC’s unique certificate programs to learn essential skills, successfully market yourself and get an edge in the highly-competitive residential construction industry.

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