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Qualification (Core Competency) Training

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We offer all seven British Columbia core competency training courses on-demand, meaning you can train anytime, anywhere – perfect for your busy schedule. Online courses offer the flexibility you need to complete your qualifications on your time.

Each core competency course offered by BC Builder Training is developed by local experts and is mapped to and approved by BC Housing as an approved provider.

You can view all our Core Competency courses here.

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About licensing in British Columbia

Interested in getting your builder licence? Builders who are looking to apply for a new residential builder licence as a general contractor in British Columbia must meet certain criteria based on Part 9 of the BC Building Code. Included in these criteria is a proven competency in seven core areas. Here at PHBI | BC Builder Training, we specialize in training for new home construction, and are proud to offer all the core competency training needed to obtain and maintain your licence.

Want to learn more? Check out BC Housing’s website on Qualification Requirements for New Residential Builders

Qualification (Core Competency) Training Courses

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Building Codes and Relevant Enactments – 2018

Online | 25h | $749

BC-Housing Competency
Relevant enactments

Learn how to interpret and apply the current BC Building Code with confidence.

Along with a focus on Division B, Part 9, you’ll explore related standards and relevant enactments relating to residential construction.

Construction Management and Supervision Fundamentals

Online | 15h | $529

BC-Housing Competency
Construction management and supervision

Course aligned to New BC Energy Step Code Requirements

Lead construction projects with confidence. Explore fundamental project management concepts and best practices, how to develop strategies for scheduling, critical paths, contingencies, logistics and lead times, human resources, safety, administration, contracts, regulations, budgeting and cost control, quality control, and client relations.

Business and Management Fundamentals

Online | 14h | $449

BC-Housing Competency
Business planning, management and administration

Rise to the challenge of business management in residential construction. Learn how to lead through change and the importance of effective communications, setting realistic goals, benchmarking, and creating standards for production. Strengthen your understanding of customer service, accounting, sales, and marketing, and how they relate to profitability.

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Financial Planning and Budget Management

Online | 12.5h | $449

BC-Housing Competency
Financial planning, management and administration

Build a practical understanding of financial ratios and cost control. Strengthen your grasp of cash flow, balance sheets, and income statements and what they reveal about the financial health of your organization and learn how to use financial reports as valuable management tools.

Construction Technology

Online | 15h | $629

BC-Housing Competency
Construction Technology

Course aligned to New BC Energy Step Code Requirements

Explore building science and its importance in constructing effective building envelopes and building durable homes.

Online | 13.5h | $599

BC-Housing Competency
Legal Issues

Explore the legal and regulatory environment of residential construction, and gain the understanding essential to keeping a home building business on a stable footing.

Customer Service and Home Warranty

Online | 5h | $599

BC-Housing Competency
Customer service and home warranty insurance

This course examines the role played by customer service within the New Home Construction Industry and the role it plays in enhancing the warranty coverage provided to homeowners. It relates customer service fundamentals as an essential business tool and explains how its application can result in greater business success. Key customer service and warranty fundamentals are presented to create a cohesive strategy for customer service excellence. In doing so, the course further explores the important matter of creating a Customer Service Model and concludes with an examination of ten common warranty issues.



Our courses are designed by industry experts to meet BC Housing’s educational requirements.


We have flexible training options to help you learn your way, while reaching your goals faster.

Countless Options

We support your success with training options in business, construction, sales and marketing, leadership and management.

Industry Approved

Our courses meet the Canadian Home Builder Association National Education benchmarks and are BC Housing-Approved.

Invest in your future with confidence

When you’re ready to advance your skills in British Columbia’s residential construction industry, PHBI training and education can be more affordable than you think. Explore our Programs & Courses to see the costs associated with individual courses.

You and your employer may also be eligible for a government grant to help offset the cost of your training. Explore your grant and payment options, along with other need-to-know details that will get you on the road to reaching your goals faster.

Enrol in a Core Competency Course now

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can challenge the final exam for any of the seven BC core competency training courses. An exam challenge costs $150. Browse our exam challenge options.


BC’s Homeowner Protection Act and Regulation outline the qualifications needed to obtain and maintain a residential builder licence.

To obtain your licence, you need both proof of experience and proof of training. Learn more about BC Housing’s Qualification Requirements.

Depending on whether you choose a course that is delivered online, in a classroom or delivered in the format of a group training, you may enroll in a course accordingly. For course dates and times, please visit the individual course page you are interested in taking.

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You will automatically be enrolled in the 1st attempt Exam Rewrite for this course after a 24-hour waiting period. Please look out for an enrollment email.

You and your employer may be eligible for a government grant to help offset the cost of your training. Learn more about available BC funding options.

We accept VISA, MasterCard, AMEX and company cheques. We process credit card payments immediately upon registration. Payment by invoice can also be arranged by contacting us with your enquiry.

Payment is accepted in Canadian (CAD) funds only.

Get in touch with our admissions team to learn about our admission requirements.

BC Builder Training will not refund, in whole or in part, tuition fees if the cancellation or withdrawal request is received after the course has been accessed or expired. Access includes opening the course and/or downloading any material(s).

Please contact our admissions team to discuss a change or cancellation of a course purchase.