Updates to the Continuing Professional Development Program for Licensed Residential Builders

On March 6, the B.C. Government announced important changes to the Homeowner Protection Act as part of “Better Regulations for British Columbians 2019.”

These changes simplify the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program for Licensed Residential Builders in British Columbia. This is good news for licensees who are required to complete CPD as part of the licence renewal process. It’s also good news for Education Providers and for BC Housing.

The changes were largely based on builder input via province-wide information sessions and the annual licensed residential builder survey as well as more informal feedback obtained by BC Housing through phone calls and emails. They also consulted with industry associations and committees who support the enhanced program and streamlined reporting process.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES

 
Key changes to the CPD program include:
 
  • Active practice category for 20 points of CPD is removed
  • 20 CPD points are required instead of 40
  • Nominees may be able to carry up to 20 extra earned CPD training points over from one licence term to the next
  • Licensees no longer have to take a majority of CPD points in a particular category (known as “category A” in the current regulation)

These changes will make it easier for licensees to obtain and report their required learning points. 

The new and improved CPD program will come into effect on July 1, 2019.

ONLINE RESOURCES

 
 
BC Housing will also be updating their online CPD Guide to reflect the changes and the new edition will be available for download on July 1, 2019. Their Education Registry is also updated regularly and is a good place to start for CPD participants seeking a list of pre-approved Education Providers and training opportunities.  

Builders will soon receive a letter in the mail from the Registrar with more detailed information about the changes. It includes FAQs and explains how the CPD carryover system works.
 

QUESTIONS

 

If you have any questions after reading the FAQs, please contact BC Housing by phone at 604-646-7050 (toll-free 1-800-407-7757) or email licensinginfo@bchousing.org.


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