The province of British Columbia through the Licensing and Consumer Services – LCS (formerly the Homeowner Protection Office – HPO) is now requiring that individuals and general contractors for residential construction meet the requirements of an enhanced licensing system. This is to safeguard the homebuyers by requiring existing builders and new licencees to meet higher standards that are required in the BC residential sector. BCIT has been designated as one of the education providers.
To meet the needs of the residential industry and the academic requirements of the province of British Columbia through Licensing and Consumer Services, BCIT is currently providing the following:
|BC Housing – Core Competency Areas||BCIT Courses|
|BC Building Code: Part 9 (SFD)||BLDC 1500|
|Site Processes in Construction||BLDT 1031|
|Building Envelope Performance||BLDC 3050|
|Customer Service and Home Warranty||BLDC 1010|
|Financial Planning and Budget Management||BLDC 1020|
|Apprentice to CEO – Entrepreneurial Skills for the Trades||VENT 1824|
Qualification requirements for new residential builders
Effective March 4, 2016 the new provincial qualification regulations came into effect for new residential builders. BCIT is currently providing all of the seven approved courses required by new home builders. These seven courses are required for new residential builders wishing to become a licensed residential builder in the province of British Columbia. The courses are designed to meet the academic requirements in the seven core competency areas required for the new residential builder in British Columbia. These courses are also suitable for existing home builders who require academic qualification, individuals seeking general knowledge in this area, building officials, engineers, architects and designers who are currently involved in the residential sector of the building industry.
For information on the requirements of becoming a licensed residential builder or certification with the BC Consumer Protection Office, please visit BC Housing – Licensing & Consumer Services.
Continuous professional development (CPD) courses
Effective fall 2015 general contractors renewing their license are required to take appropriate informal and formal courses which meet the CPD requirements. Various BCIT courses have been approved by the Licensing and Consumer Services as CPD courses. The current list of approved informal and formal BCIT courses from the Architectural and Building Technology – Part-time Studies for CPD are listed below: