CPD Offering – ICC Education Benefit Day

Provider – International Code Council (ICC)

Course Topic: Education Benefit Day – Leadership Series

Course Date: October 19, 2022

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (PST)

Registration Fee: $100 + GST

Registration: Click here to register

Each session below is 1.5 hours long and will run one after the other.  You are paying for the whole day, which includes a one-hour lunch break and other breaks at the instructor’s discretion.  These are being offered online.

CPD Eligibility: 5 points – Category A3

Leadership Series: Public Speaking

Most people report that public speaking is one of their greatest fears. And yet the ability to speak in public is one of the most valued skills today. This webinar will discuss ways to ease your anxiety, develop your confidence, keep your audience engaged and give you tips for creating an effective presentation. This course will increase your communication skills and build your confidence so you can speak effectively in public with ease and grace.

Leadership Series: Building Your Bench

Statistics indicate that there is currently a talent shortage. This is causing organizations to look for new ways to “future-proof” their workforces in order to retain sufficient talent to be able to meet their strategic objectives. This self-paced, online course will discuss ways to overcome the obstacle of a talent shortage, as well as discuss the generation gap and offer suggestions on how to bridge that gap.

Leadership Series: Mastering the Art of Mentorship

Leadership is hard and trying to do it all by yourself is a recipe for disaster. To be successful you need help from a mentor and you need to pass on your knowledge by being a mentor. All great leaders have mentors and are mentors. Success is a group effort and mentoring helps everyone to be more successful. Learn the keys to mastering the art of mentorship in this webinar.

Leadership Series: Coaching for Success

Coaching is an important skill for leaders because it is through coaching that staff develop the skill sets that will contribute most to both individual and organizational success. Good coaching inspires individuals to grow and stay focused on their goals and in turn, it teaches them how to be good coaches to others. But without the right mindset, successful coaching is difficult at best. This course will talk about what defines good coaching, the benefits of good coaching, techniques of good coaching and how to develop a coaching mindset in yourself and your department.


James T. Ryan, C.B.O.

James (Tim) T. Ryan CBO, is the Executive Director of the International Association of Building Officials. He served the City of Overland Park, Kansas for almost 40 years in the Building Safety Division as a field inspector, plans examiner, field supervisor and as Code Administrator from 1998 until 2017. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management and Technology from Pittsburg State University and is certified in 15 separate categories of building code administration and management. Tim served on the BOCA Board of Directors, including as President of the Board; and on the ICC Board of Directors. He is serving as a presidential appointee to the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences; as appointed by President Obama. He is the only building official ever appointed to a position by a setting President of the United States. He is an experienced training instructor and public speaker. He serves on the ICC Codes and Standards Council, Code Correlation Committee and as a moderator for ICC’s code development hearings.

CPD Offering – Smoke Dampers & Fire Alarm Systems

Course Topic: Smoke Dampers & Fire Alarm Systems

Date: July 6, 2022 (online)

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (PST)

Registration Fee: No charge

Registration: Click here

The webinar link will be sent out to all registered participants a few days prior.

Presentation Overview: Does the smoke damper’s duct detector need to be connected to the fire alarm system? Especially with the new 2018 BCBC requirements, more smoke dampers are being installed in buildings. A discussion if the duct smoke detectors are required (by code) to be connected the fire alarm systems and why would it be important to be connected to the fire alarm system.

CPD Eligibility: 1 point – Category A4

Bio: Calvin Gray has been a consulting engineer for 25 years and is now the Chief Building & Plumbing Inspector for the City of Victoria.

CPD Offering – HRAI

Course Topic: Building Officials Guide to Understanding HVAC Building Code Requirements

Course Dates: October 12 & 13, 2022 (this is a two-day course)

Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm (PST)

Registration Fee: $299.00 + GST

Registration: (Maximum of 30 participants for this course)

Click here to register

CPD Eligibility: 5 points – Category A3

Presentation Overview:

This course has been designed to provide Building Officials with an understanding of the BC Building Code requirements for 9.32-Ventilation (CSA F326), and 9.33- Heating and Air-conditioning (CSA F280-12). It contains a short introduction to Building Science relating to ventilation and air change design (ducts); 9.32 Ventilation requirements, a summary overview of all the changes in the new CSA F280-12, CAN/CSA-F326, and a review of key requirements for Heating and Air-conditioning systems. Typical installation procedures and code requirements will be presented using photographs of installed systems and other documentation. Residential Heat Loss and Heat Gain calculation methodology, Air Systems design and installation requirements will be reviewed including an overview of some of the design methods.  Click here for more details.


Rob Andrushuk, C. Tech, RASDT, RHDT

Rob Andrushuk has 17 years experience with the utility as technical support to internal and external customers regarding residential and commercial HVAC equipment.  This includes technical support to Manitoba Hydro’s Earth Energy Program for the past 12 years.  Rob has conducted detailed monitoring on the performance of ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, and domestic water heating in Manitoba and produced a nationally recognized study. This was preceded by 8 years experience installing, repairing, and servicing heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, ventilation, and process equipment with various mechanical contractors.

Rob has a Diploma in Environmental Sciences and is a Certified Engineering Technician (C. Tech).  He has a Commercial and Industrial Gas Fitter’s Licence and is a licenced Journeyman Residential Refrigeration Mechanic from the Province of Manitoba.  He also has the RASDT/RHDT designation from HRAI.

Organization Overview: 

Founded in 1968, the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is a non-profit national trade association that represents more than 1,150 member companies in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry.  Our members include manufacturers, wholesalers and contractors who employ more than 50,000 people in Canada and represent an industry that delivers more than $7B annually to the Canadian economy.

Plumbing Level 2 Course

Note: This is a 6 week instructor lead online course.  It is recommended that you have already taken Plumbing Level 1.

  • Wednesday, October 19
  • Wednesday October 26
  • Wednesday, November 2
  • Wednesday, November 9
  • Wednesday, November 16
  • Wednesday, November 23

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm (PST)

Registration Fee: $625.00 (Plus GST)

Registration: Click here (a web invite will be sent out to all registrants closer to the start date)

CPD Eligibility: 5 points – Category A3

Learning Goals: To provide the knowledge and skills required to analyze and review complex plumbing installations and determine their conformance with the building regulations, as they relate to the following:

1. Plumbing systems
2. Foundation drainage
3. Hydronic heating systems of a building
4. Accessibility of plumbing fixtures

Performance Objectives: At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Identify components of piping systems
2. Understand defined terms in BC Plumbing Code
3. Determine fixture unit loads, pipe sizing and Code conformance for complex wet vent systems from isometric drawings
4. Determine fixture unit loads, pipe sizing and Code conformance for complex circuit vent systems from isometric drawings
5. Determine fixture unit loads, pipe sizing and Code conformance for vent stacks in buildings over 4 storeys in height from isometric drawings
6. Determine fixture unit loads, pipe sizing and Code conformance for water pipe systems utilizing the Small Commercial Method from isometric drawings
7. Determine fixture unit loads, pipe sizing and Code conformance for water pipe systems utilizing the Average Pressure Loss Method from isometric drawings
8. Given examples of isometric drawings of drainage systems, list the Code deficiencies and reference the relative Article in the BC Plumbing Code
9. Locate and identify referenced materials in the BC Plumbing Code related to hydronic heating, cross-connection control and perimeter drainage
10. Determine accessibility requirements for the installation of plumbing fixtures from Part 3 of the BC Building Code

Please Note: This course includes homework

Instructors: Brian Husband and Dino Echelli (City of Burnaby)
We would like to thank the City of Burnaby for their continued support of the Plumbing Level 2 course.

CPD Offering – ICC Inspector Skills

Provider: International Code Council

Presentation Topic: Inspector Skills

Date: September 8, 2022

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Cost: $100 plus GST (includes an electronic version of the course booklet)

CPD Eligibility: 5 points – Category A3

Registration: Click here

This seminar addresses the necessary soft skills for success as an inspector—those non-technical traits and behaviors that enhance an inspector’s ability to interact with others and to successfully carry out their job duties. These include people skills such as effective communication, diplomacy and customer service, but also include skills for problem solving, professionalism, integrity, and time management. In addition to a solid understanding of the technical provisions of the codes, developing appropriate soft skills are essential in pursuing the goal of safe, healthy and durable buildings for the community. Developed specifically for construction inspectors in all disciplines, the topics covered are equally important to all employees of public service agencies including permit technicians, plan reviewers, managers, building officials and fire code officials. The information is also beneficial for developing policies and procedures to promote consistent and fair inspection practices while improving communications and public relations.

Topics include:

  • Principles of code administration for achieving safe buildings
  • General approaches to inspection
  • Getting along
  • Customer service
  • Ethics
  • Effective Communication

CPD Offering – Builder Forum Series: Part 9 Upper Steps

Provider: Township of Langley

Presentation Topic: Builder Forum Series: Part 9 Upper Steps

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am (PST)

Registration Fee: No Charge

Registration: Register at tol.ca/gblearn

For more information, email greenbuildings@tol.ca

BOABC CPD Eligibility: 2 points – Category A4

Presentation Overview: 

On Tuesday, June 28, 2022 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, the Township of Langley will be hosting an online builder forum to share information related to designing Part 9 buildings to the Upper Steps of the BC Energy Step Code. Differences between the Lower Steps and Upper Steps will be highlighted including mechanical, envelope, and aesthetic differences. Net Zero Energy Ready strategies will also be covered. Township of Langley updates will be given at the beginning of the webinar.

Dallas Hordichuk RSE CEA, Senior Energy Specialist at Bernhardt Contracting, will be giving this presentation. He is a Certified Energy Advisor and Red Seal Carpenter with a background in Production homes. He was the site supervisor for the Green Point Project, a Net Zero, Full Petal Living Building Challenge, and Certified Passive House building. Over the last year, Dallas has helped numerous builders reach these high levels of performance.

The full length of the webinar is 2 hours and will include time for Q&A.


9:00-9:30 – Township of Langley updates

9:30-10:45 – Designing Part 9 buildings to the Upper Steps of the BC Energy Step Code Presentation by Dallas Hordichuk, Senior Energy Specialist, at Bernhardt Contracting

10:45-11:00 – Q&A

Who should attend? Part 9 builders, developers, construction industry, building designers, architects, and building officials

CPD Offerings – Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association

The Building Officials’ Association of BC is collaborating with the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association to offer three professional development sessions focused on what building and plumbing officials should know about sprinkler system design and installation.

Each session is being offered online and is a full-day in length, which includes a one-hour lunch break and other breaks at the instructor’s discretion.  Qualified officials will earn (5) points of continuing education credit for each session attended.

The cost to register is $100 per session or you can register for all three sessions for $275.  To register, click HERE or by following the registration links provided below.  Limited space is available so register soon!

The instructor for all sessions is Matt Osbourne, CASA National Codes & Standards Manager.  Matt has over twenty-two years of experience in the Fire Protection and Fire Sprinkler Industry.  He is currently the National Codes & Standards Manager for the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association.  Matt attended Seneca College in Toronto, where he studied in the Fire Protection Technologist program, and has an extensive background in the Fire Protection Industry is as a Fire Sprinkler Designer and Project Manager.  Matt is a past member on the Canadian Commission on Building & Fire Codes Standing Committee for Fire Protection (Part 3), and is a current member on the following NFPA committees:

  • NFPA 13 Installation & Discharge Committee
  • NFPA 13 Installation Committee
  • NFPA 13 Residential Committee
  • NFPA 14 Standpipes & Hose Systems Committee
  • NFPA 25 Inspection, Test & Maintenance Committee.

September 14, 2022 from 9:00am to 4:00pm


Introduction to Fire Sprinklers / Understanding, Applying & Enforcing NFPA 25

Introduction to Fire Sprinklers is beneficial for the individual that is just starting out in the sprinkler industry.  It provides the participant with basic sprinkler knowledge of sprinkler systems.  The program covers types of systems, types of sprinklers, system components and basic definitions used in NFPA 13.  The course also provides a brief overview of the historical development of sprinkler systems.

Understanding, Applying & Enforcing NFPA 25 describes the requirements for properly maintaining a water-based fire protection system in accordance with NFPA 25. The seminar clearly describes the responsibilities for compliance & record keeping. It describes the specific scope of the standard and identifies the various ways in which information related to changes in the system are handled. It describes the various Tables used in the standard, their specific purposes, and when to use which Tables. It involves the attendees in a significant number of exercises to describe various problems encountered, identify the proper section(s) of the standard that deals with it, and discuss how to deal with issues not covered by the standard that may still be encountered.

CPD Eligibility: 5 points – Category A3

Cost: $100 plus GST

Registration: Click here


October 5, 2022 from 9:00am to 4:00pm


Sprinkler System Installation Requirements

There are hundreds of types of sprinklers in use today.  Determining where to locate them can be a complex task. They need to be spaced properly and installed in specific locations to ensure coverage of the protected area and located far enough from obstructions to ensure that the spray pattern can adequately develop and control or suppress a fire.  The rules that govern this complex matrix of decisions are found in Chapter 8 of NFPA 13 (Chapter 10 through 18 in NFPA 13 -2022 Edition) on Installation Requirements.  This fast paced and interactive seminar will guide the participants through series of decisions and requirements that lead to compliance with NFPA 13 and ensure the system will operate properly when needed.  Attendees should bring a copy of the NFPA 13 with them.

CPD Eligibility: 5 points – Category A3

Cost: $100 plus GST

Registration: Click here


November 23, 2022 from 9:00am to 4:00pm


Sprinkler System Plan Review

Examining fire sprinkler shop drawings, cut sheets and hydraulic calculations is a primary duty of the authority having jurisdiction. This course will provide a method of reviewing plans and other fire sprinkler documents that is efficient and thorough. Attendees will learn what documents to accept to start a review, what steps to take through the fire sprinkler design and systems review, and how to have confidence while reviewing hydraulic calculations.  This course applies current codes and standards to fire sprinkler systems from the initial site plan review, through the construction documents, to the as-built drawings. Significant time on how to effectively communicate deficiencies to the design professional. Students will receive a handout that provides detailed checklists with expert commentary that is useful to the fire sprinkler plan reviewer for years to come. Attendees must bring a copy of NFPA 13 to class.

CPD Eligibility: 5 points – Category A3

Cost: $100 plus GST

Registration: Click here


Sprinkler Bundle (includes all three courses above)

CPD Eligibility: 15 points – Category A3

Cost: $275 plus GST

Registration: Click here

CPD Offerings – Cascadia Windows – Multiple Sessions with Multiple Dates

Cascadia Windows is offering these 5 different 1 hour sessions with various dates to select from at no charge.

Details for each individual session, including registration can be found in the links below.

1 – Combustible Windows in Non-Combustible Construction

2 – Navigating Emerging Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS)

3 – Mind the Gap: Better Exterior Wall Performance Through Cladding Attachments

4 – An Active Approach to Passive House Windows

5 – Understanding the Benefits of High-Performance Fenestration

FOIPPA Foundations Course

FOIPPA Foundations is a free, interactive, online course that was just published today on privacy and access fundamentals in BC for public body employees in the broader public sector, as well as BC government employees and contracted service providers.

Latest Editions of the National Model Codes

As of March 28, 2022, code users can access the latest, updated editions of the National Model Codes, including the National Building Code of Canada 2020, the National Fire Code of Canada 2020, the National Plumbing Code of Canada 2020, and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2020. The Codes are developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC), and are published by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

The CCBFC has included nearly 400 updates in the latest editions of the National Model Codes. These replace the 2015 and 2017 editions of the codes.

How to access the codes

The 2020 National Model Codes are available for free, in electronic format, through the NRC’s Publications Archive and for purchase, in printed format, from the NRC’s Virtual Store

Previous editions of the codes also remain available through these websites.

Provincial and territorial code regulations

Provincial and territorial governments have legislative authority over building design and construction within their jurisdictions, and adopt or adapt the National Model Codes into regulation in order for them to come into effect.

Provinces and territories were provided with advance copies of the latest code changes in December 2021, so that they could prepare regulations based on the updates.

Current provincial and territorial building, fire, plumbing and energy regulations will remain in effect until these latest editions of the National Model Codes are adopted, with or without modifications, by the provincial or territorial authority having jurisdiction.

For enquiries about the active code regulations in your jurisdiction, please contact your provincial or territorial ministry.

About the code development process

The CCBFC develops the National Model Codes on a 5-year cycle. It is the organization responsible for the independent code development process, and the regular review and updating of the codes.

The NRC provides the CCBFC with administrative support and evidence-based knowledge to inform the Commission’s technical committees.


For information about the code changes and provisions in the National Model Codes or details about the National Model Codes development system, please contact the CCBFC at CCBFCSecretary-SecretaireCCCBPI@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.