Since 2015, the Architectural Institute of BC and Engineers and Geoscientists BC have been jointly hosting the Certified Professional (CP) Program. Prior to 2015, the program was managed for many decades under the auspices of the Union of BC Municipalities or local governments.
What is the Certified Professional (CP) Program?
In the public interest, the CP Program provides general BC Building Code and Vancouver Building By-law education for architects and others (such as a professional engineers, building officials, architectural technologists). Although the course is open to all, only architects and professional engineers can practice as CPs. The Program consists of the Certified Professional Course, Advanced Code Knowledge Course, Certified Professionals Seminars, periodic mandatory CP upgrade continuing education programs, and the CP Manual. Specific course dates and registration details are posted on the AIBC website.
The CP Program is an alternative to the standard building permit and inspection process, whereby a Certified Professional acts on behalf of the local government in undertaking plan and site reviews. Through the program, participating Authorities Having Jurisdiction can issue a building permit on the assurances of a CP. Of note, the two biggest municipalities in British Columbia (Vancouver and Surrey), utilize the CP Program for most large-scale projects (Part 3) when serving the needs of building owners and local governments.
The AIBC and EGBC continue to expand the CP Program, and there are several smaller communities who are now offering the CP alternative, including two First Nations Authorities Having Jurisdiction.
Certified Professional Program Resources
For more information about the Certified Professional Program, including a list of Certified Professionals, the program framework, and grant links, please visit the Engineers and Geoscientists website.