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JofC: Revealing the Mystery of Modern Trades Training
Journal of Commerce presents the first of a series of articles exploring the mystery and history behind trades training and how it has evolved over the years to what it has become today.
Industry Information

Buildforce: Canadian Strategy For Meeting Construction Workforce Challenges
BuildForce report Canadian Industry Strategy For Meeting Construction and Maintenance Workforce Challenges summarizes owners, contractors, labour and government input into a national workforce development strategy. (PDF)
Industry Sectors

BC Gov: Minister Rich Coleman On BC Professional Residential Builders Institute
BC Minister Rich Coleman provides his views regarding the creation of a BC Professional Residential Builders Institute in this video of his speech at the CHBA Central Vancouver Island meeting on Oct. 9th 2008.

CHBA-BC: Continuing Education Portal
Canadian Home Builders Association of BC created the Continuing Education Portal to house all of their Continuing Education and Certification Programs.

CITN: BC Construction Industry Training Network
BC Construction Industry Training Network is the recognized authority on all construction industry workforce needs including: supply, recruitment, training, retention and best practices.

ITA: Listing Of BC Public & Private Training Providers
BC Industry Training Authority lists colleges, universities and private institutions that provide technical training for British Columbia's apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs.
Information Sources

BC Building Trades: Resources List On Careers In Construction
BC Building Trades lists career training institutions, joint training boards, public colleges, BC & other provincial resources, and construction industry resources. (PDF)

BC Housing: Education & Training Resources For BC Residential Construction
BC Housing's Education Providers & Training site explains how education providers have an integral role in B.C.’s builder licensing system: they are instrumental in delivering the required training to help applicants meet the licensing requirements. They provide sections on: Training for Continuing Professional Development; Qualifications training for new builders; Getting pre-approval to supply training; Verifiable attendance; Training approved.

BC Housing: Guide To Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
If you are a BC general contractor who wants to renew a residential builder licence, you must take Continuing Professional Development (CPD) related to the residential construction industry. This applies to general contractors who build single-family homes or small residential buildings in BC. BC Housing guide describes the types of training you can take, where to take it and how to report it. (PDF)

BC Housing: Search Online For BC Licensed Residential Builder Education
BC Housing online Education Registry for Licensed Residential Builders allows you to search for courses and to see how many points are awarded for completing the course. You can search by the education provider name, area, course, workshop, seminar, etc.

Credential Engine: Moving Credentialing Forward
Credential Engine has released a first-of-its-kind centralized credential data platform, the Credential Registry, as well as a common credentialing language to create credential comparability both in the Credential Registry and on the Web, and a free prototype search app called Credential Finder, to search for information.

Education Planner: Compare Post-Secondary Programs In BC
Education Planner is a publicly funded resource that allows you to compare post-secondary programs in BC. Education Planner helps learners make well-informed decisions about their education and career options.

Essential Skills In Construction: Resource Site For Educators & Trainers
Sustainable Essential Skills in Construction provides information and resources to help instructors and trainers in the construction industry improve their instructional practice and increase their apprentices' success in technical training.

Trades Training BC: Public Trades Training Programs & Schedules
Trades Training BC provides access to apprenticeship programs and training schedules for 16 public training institutions.
Issues & Performance

AIBC: Introducing the New BC Professional Governance Act
Architectural Institute of BC says the Professional Governance Act received royal assent on November 27, 2018 and is now law. The new legislation applies to five sector professions, and will eventually replace existing governing Acts.

BC Gov: Labour Mobility Act
On March 9, 2009, British Columbia became the first Canadian province to introduce mobility to all trades and professions with Bill 9, the Labour Mobility Act.

BC Housing: Online Video On New BC Enhanced Licensing System
Watch BC Housing’s Wendy Acheson’s keynote address during CHBA BC’s Super Builders’ Week 2017 to learn more about builder qualifications, continuing professional development, helpful tips for online builder education resources and the Owner Builder Exam.

BC Housing: Qualification Requirements For New Residential Builders
Under the Homeowner Protection Act regulations, BC Housing has established new qualifications and continuing education requirements for home builders constructing single-family homes and small residential buildings.

JofC: Myths of Training, Whose Standard?
Journal of Commerce say training standards are now mainstream within our vocabulary but whose standards are we referring to? Standards are like perspectives; everyone has one, but which is correct?

BuildForce: Business Case For Essential Skills In Construction
BuildForce report The Business Case for Essential Skills in Construction establishes a link between Essential Skills upgrading during early apprenticeship training and return on training investment for employers. It contains three major sections: the impact of offering Essential Skills training for apprentices; the impact on return on training investment; and lessons learned from applying Essential Skills interventions. (PDF)

BuildForce: Construction Worker Self-Assessment Of Essential Skills
BuildForce Essential Skills tool is for tradespeople, apprentices and people interested in construction careers who want to assess their current Essential Skills and their readiness for technical training. Based on typical construction workplace tasks, the exercises allow users to practice Reading Text, Document Use and Numeracy. The score sheet allows them to assess their skills and identify their strengths and weaknesses. (PDF)

BuildForce: Tips On Introducing Essential Skills Into Trades Training
BuildForce document Tips on Introducing Essential Skills into Construction Trades Training provides tips and strategies for teaching Reading, Document Use and Numeracy. (PDF)

JLC: Contractors On Front Line Support Training
Journal of Light Construction says contractors need to form partnerships with teachers to help improve trade education.
Product Supply

BC Gov: Funding Program For Workplace Training
BC Government pilot program Workplace Training for Innovation provides small business employers in British Columbia with access to funding to support employee training, helping improve skills and productivity. Available to all BC employers, the program offers up to $1,500 per employee - to a maximum of $5,000 per employer - to support employee training.
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