BC Building Code Part 1

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To receive the “Relevant Enactments” qualification requirement for New Residential Builders as set out by the Licensing and Consumer Services Branch of BC Housing, you must complete both BC Building Code Part 1 AND Part 2 .It is worth 42 CPD Points.

(Please note that Part 1 must be taken before Part 2. Students who enroll incorrectly will be responsible for administrative fees incurred for course date changes.)

Members of CHBA BC are eligible to receive a 25% discount on select courses. Membership starts at one of our nine local Home Builders’ Associations.

If you are interested in becoming a member, view all membership benefits and fill out a quick form . You can also directly contact the Local Home Builders’ Association in your area for more information.

If you’re already a member of a local Home Builders’ Association, please email education@chbabc.org to confirm eligibility for your course fee discount. Note that simply signing up for CHBA BC student account does not qualify you for a member discount.


Course registration is cut-off 6 weeks prior to the in-class date or if the class reaches capacity.


Are you aware of BC Building Code standards? Will your projects pass inspections? Learn the role of the BC Building Code (Part 9) and how it is developed, as well as how to use the Code book and mark it for easy reference:

Identify who enforces the Code and explore the general permit process;
Explore Code requirements relating to floors-on-ground, crawl space, garages & carports, and secondary suites;
Understand how the Code relates to other legislation;
Identify soil-bearing capacity and problematic soil conditions, including radon areas and mitigation strategies;
Explore the basics of excavation, footings and foundation walls;
Demonstrate an understanding of seismic and climatic zones in BC and the related impacts on residential construction.


It is mandatory that students have access to a copy of the 2018 BC Building Code book (can be purchased at http://www.bccodes.ca/);
Students are required to bring their own copy of the current BC Building Code book to the in-class session;
The 2018 BC Building Code became effective December 10, 2018 and applies to building permits applied for on or after that date;
Please note that the fundamental principles covered in the BC Building Code Parts 1 and 2 courses remain consistent. The minor technical changes between the 2012 and 2018 editions of the BC Building Code will be addressed in the instructor-led portion of the in-class sessions;
If you purchase the 2018 electronic version, this will include the 2012 version (+ updates) as well.It is up to the student to determine if they want a hard-copy version or an electronic version;
Wifi is NOT guaranteed during in-class sessions;
The Student Manual, “British Columbia Building Code Part 1” (included as part of the course fee).


Upon registration for the course, the course manual will be delivered by regular post. Students are expected to complete a self-paced review of the course manual, and complete online chapter quizzes and assignments (approximately 30 hours of work).

The in-class session will be used to review material, answer questions, and prepare you for the exam in the afternoon.


A pass mark of 80% is required on the in-class open book exam is written on the afternoon of the in-class session. A candidate is given the opportunity to re-write the examination a maximum of two times before having to retake the entire course.

The grade you receive upon completing the in-class open book exam is your grade for the entire course. Completion of the course, including the awarding of the course completion certificate, is withheld until all assignments and chapter quizzes are completed.


All requests for refunds must be made only in writing via email to education@chbabc.org. No telephone requests will be accepted. All refund requests must be made via email to education@chbabc.org.

If a request is received within 14 days of initial registration date, a registrant who requests a refund will receive a full refund less a $150.00+GST administrative fee.

If a request is received during the period from 14 days after the registration date to 4pm of the 14th day prior to the one-day in-class session (which is reserved during the registration process), a registrant who requests a refund will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee.

Within 14 days from the start of the one-day in-class session, no refunds will be issued; registrants will forfeit all course fees.

All requests for course date changes carry a $150+GST administrative fee. All requests for course date changes must be made only in writing via email to education@chbabc.org. Students may only defer a course to a maximum of 2 times, before full course re-enrollment is required.


If you are unable to attend an in-class session and would like to send another individual in your place, please note there will be a $150+GST administration fee. All requests must be received no later than 4 weeks prior to the start of an in-class date. All requests for student name substitutions will only be accepted via email to education@chbabc.org.

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