Continuing Professional Development (CPD) was introduced in October 2015 by BC Housing, as part of the enhanced licensing system. General contractors in British Columbia building single-family homes and small residential buildings under Part 9 of the BC Building Code are required to complete CPD as a condition of the licence renewal.
On July 1, 2019, changes made to the CPD program under the Homeowner Protection Art regulation came into effect to help streamline the process:
- Active practice category for 20 points of CPD is no longer required
- 20 CPD points are required instead of 40; and licensees may be able to carry up to 20 extra earned CPD training points over from one licence term to the next, ONLY if the nominee remains the same).
- Builders also no longer need to take a majority of CPD points in a particular category (known as “category A” under the previous regulation).
HAVAN’s continuing education program offers in-class and online courses throughout the year that are based on the core competencies outlined by BC Housing:
- Relevant enactments (building code)
- Construction management and supervision
- Construction technology
- Customer service and home warranty insurance
- Financial planning and budget management
- Legal issues
- Business planning, management, and administration
- Business ethics
Each eLearn online course indicates what competency it covers and the number of CPD points it is worth. For the schedule of upcoming in-class courses, visit the HAVAN website. All courses presented by HAVAN are categorized as informal training, where one hour of instruction is worth one CPD point.
Reminder: All licensees are required to keep a copy of each completed CPD activity for three years, as BC Housing can request training records at any time to audit CPD completion.
For information about the CPD process, visit BC Housing’s website or call them directly at 604-646-7050.