Reminder: Fulfill CPD Requirements by December 31

All qualified building and plumbing officials are required to provide evidence of completing their continuing professional development (CPD) obligations and submit their 2022 Annual Report by December 31, 2022.

If you have outstanding points, there are still several ways for you to earn them before end of the year:

  • TECA has several courses that are relevant to the work of building and plumbing officials. As an educational partner of the Association, TECA offers special pricing and considerable discounts for building and plumbing officials. The calendar on the TECA website contains links to upcoming online and in-person classes.
  • The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) is sponsoring a complimentary overview of changes in 2020 national model codes on December 14, 2022. Staff from the National Research Council will provide discussion on subjects such as home-type care occupancy, accessibility, energy efficiency, and encapsulated mass timber construction.
  • HRAI has two self-paced online courses that may be of interest to building or plumbing officials: Basic Principles of Residential Ventilation and Basic Principles of Residential Air Systems. Both courses are $85 but BC residents are eligible to receive an 80% discount courtesy of Fortis BC. Each course is eligible for five CPD points.
  • Recordings of all six Energy Step Code breakout sessions from the May 2022 Annual Conference are available for free on the Association website courtesy of BC Hydro.
  • The Building and Safety Standards Branch recently released a series of videos on proposed changes to the BC Building Code that would increase energy efficiency of construction and introduce an opt-in Carbon Pollution Standard.
  • The final Association Lunch and Learn of the year will be hosted by Ken Kunka on December 8, 2022. Pre-registration is required for this complimentary session, and further details will be circulated to members the week of November 28.

In addition to these opportunities, qualified officials can also earn points by completing professional development offered by employers, industry and professional associations, learning institutes, and other organizations that relates to established competencies.

If you will be unable to earn your outstanding points before end the end of 2022, you may apply for a one-month grace period, which will give you until January 31, 2023 to complete your CPD points. Grace period applications are found on the ‘Applications’ page of the member portal. The application is due by December 15, 2022 and the fee is $75.

If you do not have a grace period approved by December 15 or are unable to earn your remaining 2022 points by the end of year, your qualifications will be removed from the online register of qualified officials on the Association website pursuant to 12(5) of the Act. If this occurs, you will no have legal authority to make decisions about compliance with building regulations on behalf of local authorities.

Please note that submitting evidence of completing CPD points and submitting an annual report are separate requirements but both must be completed by December of each year. Any official who is approved for a grace period will also have until January 31 to submit their 2022 annual report.

Annual report submissions are verified against CPD information submitted by qualified officials. For this reason, please ensure that CPD records for 2022 are complete before submitting your annual report. Your 2022 annual report can be found on the ‘Annual Reports’ page of the member portal.