GVHBA is dedicated to increasing the professionalism of the residential construction industry and assisting consumers with their housing needs. To this end we offer educational opportunities for both the industry and consumers.
For industry, GVHBA provides year-round continuing education programming, focusing on core competencies identified by BC Housing's Licensing and Consumer Services Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program. As of March 4, 2016 all residential builders in British Columbia, building under Part 9 of the BC Building Code will need to meet the enhanced licensing system. As of your license renewal date, you will be required to accumulate 40 CPDs within your license term. For full details on HPO's enhanced licensing system, click here.
Click here to open an easy-to-read PDF infograph to help you understand how you can achieve your CPD points through GVHBA's Continuing Education Series.
eLEARN - Online Education
Looking for a convenient and on-the-go solution to earn your CPD points? GVHBA created eLEARN, an on-demand learning portal where you can access continuously updated CPD-approved courses at any time, from any device. Designed for the busy professional, you can complete the courses at your own pace. Every month we add new content to ensure you get access to the latest information, check it out!
Start your day with the GVHBA’s Builders’ Breakfast Series; your opportunity to meet the industry experts, exchange industry knowledge, and network with peers, all over a healthy breakfast. Scheduled the last Thursday of the month, excluding July and December, the BBS delivers speakers with leading edge building science and code information, relevant to helping your business build better buildings. Each session is targeted to provide 1.5 HPO approved, CPD points for a total of 15 points in one year. Be an industry front-runner, and sign up today! CLICK HERE to see the upcoming courses listed on the calendar of events.
Builders in the Boardroom Series (BIB)
GVHBA’s Builders in the Boardroom (BIB) series delivers year-round, market-driven education for all members. Presented as convenient two-hour, two-part monthly workshops, the BIB sessions incorporate continued learning into your work day and provide opportunities to network with other members. Focusing on key issues – business management, financial planning, construction management, legal issues, customer service and business ethics -- BIB sessions are led by GVHBA-member experts who will provide the tools you need today to help your business. Builders: Each two-part session is targeted to provide four HPO-approved CPD points per month. Tickets for BIB sessions are limited, so reserve your seat today! CLICK HERE to see the upcoming courses listed on the calendar of events.
The Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC offers the Certified Residential Builder (CRB), and the Registered Housing Professional (RHP) designations for home builders. The CRB and RHP designations are an industry-backed way for potential home buyers to distinguish one business from another. Training, experience, industry-involvement, commitment and an indication of financial security are all required components. The RHP designation is given to the individual; the CRB designation is given to the company. Click here for more information about the program on CHBA-BC's website.
The Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC offers the Certified Renovator (CR) and the Registered Renovation Professional (RRP) designations for renovators. The CR and RRP designations are an industry-backed way for homeowners planning a renovation to distinguish one business from another. Training, experience, industry-involvement, commitment and an indication of financial security are all required components. The RRP designation is given to the individual; the CR designation is given to the company. Click here for more information about the program on CHBA-BC's website.
The Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) is a program developed by the Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Home Builders. CAPS was developed to provide comprehensive, practical, market-specific information and skills to help them better meet the renovation needs of the aging population.
GVHBA presents consumer seminars to help educate the public on different housing issues. GVHBA offer both free and paid sessions for those who are buying a new home, building a new home, or renovating an existing home.
There are plenty of opportunities for well-rewarding, long-term careers in the construction industry. If you are searching for this kind of information we have provided some links on this Web site to a number of resources. These include schools, industry associations, government agencies, and job boards.
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