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New Builder Licence Courses

Qualifications for Residential Builder Licence Applications

Please note this information is provided solely to assist applicants with the process. Any relevant questions on the licensing and application process should be verified on the official website  for new builder qualifications.  


What do I need to do to apply for a licence?

1. General contractor applicants must provide proof of 24 months experience managing or supervising residential construction within the last 5 years.


2. Applicants need to demonstrate competency by successfully completing approved training in 7 competency areas.

Here are the seven CHBA BC courses that meet the requirements (click to view the course descriptions).

Relevant enactments = BC Building Code - Single Family Dwelling

Construction management and supervision = Project Management & Site Supervision

Construction technology = Building Science for New Homes

Customer service and home warranty insurance = Service & Warranty

Financial planning and management = Financial Management

Legal issues = Construction Law

Business planning and management = Business Planning & Management 

Course Requirements

The student will be sent a textbook by mail in advance for all courses.

To pass the course, the student must: 

  • Successfully complete the online quizzes and reading materials through the CHBA BC Education Portal. Click here to access the portal.
  • Submit the assignment(s) to the instructor by email, two weeks before the in-class session.
  • Attend the one-day in-class session and successfully pass the final exam with a score of 80% or higher.

For Building Science for New Homes, there is no online quizzes or assignments. To pass this specific course, students only attend a two-day in-class session and pass the exam with a score of 80% or higher.


To Register

To register for courses, please contact Students are required to set their own schedule for the courses - please schedule ample time between the course dates to allow yourself enough time to complete the additional requirements; charges will apply to change any course dates or to re-write any exams as per the CHBA BC Continuing Education Policy. If you are having difficulties with registration please email or call 604-432-7112 ext. 323.


Nominee for Qualifications

Companies may nominate several individuals to meet the qualifications requirements on behalf of the company. Click here to visit the Licensing and Consumer Services website to learn about nominees.


Other Helpful Information

If you feel you have the requirements through other training, you can complete a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Please note this process can take several months to complete and be evaluated due to the high volume of applicants. Please visit the Licensing and Consumer Services website to learn about the PLAR.