2021 Certified Professional and Advanced Code Knowledge Courses Now Open for Registration

Posted on August 31, 2020

Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) are offering the popular Certified Professional (CP) Course and the Advanced Code Knowledge (ACK) Course in 2021, both of which are now open for registration (by selecting the year “2021” from the drop-down menu). The courses will be based on the 2018 BC Building Code and the 2019 Vancouver Building By-law. This year, both courses will be conducted online. CP Exams will be conducted in person in a manner that follows government guidance on COVID-19. Registration for both courses closes December 15, 2020.

Certified Professional Course

Engineers and Geoscientists BC and AIBC have been jointly offering the CP Program since 2015. The CP Program is an alternative to the conventional building permit and inspection process used by the cities of Vancouver, Surrey, Abbotsford, and other municipalities. Through the program, participating municipalities can issue a building permit on the assurances of a CP, who also must be a registered professional (i.e., professional engineer or architect).

The CP Course schedule comprises 12 full-day sessions on Wednesdays, from January 6 to March 31, 2021 (with no classes on February 24 and April 7, and a half-day tutorial on April 14). The CP Course concludes with 2 full-day exams. This year, the CP Course cost is $4,900 until October 31, 2020, and $5,300 thereafter.

Although anyone may take the CP course, only architects and professional engineers may practice as CPs. Intern Architects AIBC and engineers-in-training who meet all CP course requirements and pass the CP exams will be able to practice as CPs when they become registered as architects or professional engineers.

Advanced Code Knowledge Course

The ACK Course is designed to provide advanced building code knowledge without CP certification. It provides all the content of the CP course, but excludes exams, projects, and site tours. The ACK course comprises 7 full-day sessions on Wednesdays from January 6, 2021 to February 17, 2021. The cost for this course is $3,000 until October 31, 2020, and $3,300 thereafter.

Potential participants are encouraged to explore the possibility of partial grant funding for the courses, through the BC Employer Training Grant. To learn more, visit the Government of BC’s Workforce Training Stream webpage. (Applications open October 1, 2020.)

For more information or to register, visit the AIBC Events website, and select the year “2021” from the drop-down menu. You may also contact CP Program Manager, Teresa Coady, FRAIC Architect AIBC AIA LEED Fellow, at [email protected] or 604.639.8185.

For more information, visit egbc.ca/Certified-Professional.

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