New education requirements for builders

Education requirements for new builders have arrived. So, what do aspiring Tarion builders want to know?

In September 2016, Tarion introduced a new condition for anyone applying to become a licensed builder of freehold and low-rise condominium homes in Ontario. In addition to the existing requirements, applicants must now complete courses in seven areas related to new home construction before they can become registered with Tarion.

These new educational requirements will help ensure a level of knowledge among registered builders that will lead to increased professionalism in the industry, a better home buyer experience, and fewer warranty claims

Why did we do this? Because we’re committed to protecting new home buyers and continually improving the new home buying experience. These new educational requirements will help ensure a level of knowledge among registered builders that will lead to increased professionalism in the industry, a better home buyer experience, and fewer warranty claims – all good things!

The new rules took effect almost a year ago and, in that time, we’ve received a number of questions about them from new applicants. Here are answers to the five most common questions:

  1. Why don’t the new requirements apply to high-rise condominium builders? High-rise applicants are assessed differently. They go through an interview process that allows Tarion to assess the overall business and construction experience of the applicants and the construction team they will use. They are also bound by the reporting requirements outlined in Builder Bulletin 19, which requires more stringent auditing and regular inspections during the construction process.
  2. Where can I take the courses? There are several approved course providers listed on Tarion’s website that offer classroom and online training. You do not have to take all of the courses from the same provider.
  3. Do I have to take the full course, or can I just write the exam? Taking a course is not mandatory, but successfully completing the exam is. If you feel you have a solid background and experience in an area, you can choose to just write the exam offered through Algonquin College.
  4. I have a lot of education and experience as a builder/contractor. Can I be exempt from taking one or more of the courses? You can apply to Tarion for an exemption. Keep in mind that we will not grant exemptions based only on your experience. You will need to show us that your education meets the minimum core learning requirements set out on our website. We’ll ask for proof such as degrees, professional designations, and course outlines.
  5. I used to be registered with Tarion. Do I still need to meet the new requirements? Yes, but your previous experience with Tarion may exempt you from some or all of the educational requirements. We’ll consider when and how long you were registered, the number of homes you built, your warranty service record, and your personal role in the previously registered company.

If you’re thinking of becoming a licensed new home builder with Tarion and have more questions about the new education requirements or anything else to do with getting registered, feel free to contact us.


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