Course Decriptions

Course: NBC  Part 9: The House

Duration: 4 days
Course fee:  $700.00 (members & students   $800.00(non members)
NBC soft cover book is included in course fee

A comprehensive treatment of Canada's 2010 Objective-Based National Building Code (NBC). The NBC is recognised in most of Canada as the minimum standard for technical provisions in design and construction of new buildings. The Code also applies to the demolition, renovation and alterations of existing buildings. This course will guide the student through the new Objective-Based approach, providing opportunities to use the Code in practical exercises and discussions. A final exam will be administered.

Topics covered include:

  • Footings and Foundations
  • Framing
  • Chimneys and Fireplaces
  • Insulation, Air and Vapour Barriers
  • Interior Finishes
  • Exterior Finishes
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Course: The Better Built House

Duration: 3 days classroom + 2 on-line sessions
Course fee:  $725.00 (members & students)   $825.00 (non members)
CHBA Builders Manual included in course fee

Home buyers want comfortable, cost-efficient homes that are affordable to operate in the long term. It is vital for Builders to keep abreast of changes to regulatory codes, products and materials and building systems as well as society's needs and demographics. This five-day course will provide Builders, Renovators, Inspectors and Designers with a fresh appreciation of the science of building; reinforcing the concept of the house as a system. The course addresses the following areas:

  • Introduction to the Building Code system
  • How houses work: the house as a system
  • Air and vapour barriers
  • Rethinking basements, roofs and attics
  • Energy efficient windows and doors, ER ratings, solar factors, installation issues
  • Moisture and air quality; Ventilation systems, HRVs, F326
  • Heating and cooling systems: DHW, gas/propane, oil and electric options
  • Wood heating systems: safety and efficiency
  • Plans and specifications; inspections; Canadian energy code

Course: Atlantic Housing Professional Series

Duration: 5 Modules, 3-4 hours each, on-line course only
Course fee:  $150.00 plus HST per module (members & students)$175.00 (non-members)

To run a successful residential construction company, there are a variety of essential activities that must be performed either by the home builder, an employee, contracted professionals or subcontractors. Successful Builders and Renovators maintain that if they do not have the required skills in the described areas, their businesses are not likely to survive over the long term. Past participants have indicated that this course represents one of the most valuable investments they have made in training. The modules provide a unique overview of each of these skills:

  • Business Planning
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Managing Construction
  • Financial Management
  • Land and Legal Issues

For Atlantic Home Warranty Members, who require this course as part of their membership agreement, please contact the Atlantic Home Warranty Continuing Education Office at 1-800-320-9880 ext. 4 or 902-450-9000 ext.4

Course: Atlantic Builder Workshop Series 

Duration: 7 Modules, 3-4 hours each, on-line course only
Course fee:   $150.00 plus HST per module(members & students) $175.00 (non-members)

The Builder Workshops were first developed by CMHC and CHBA in the late 1980's, with the objective of providing practical solutions to common construction problems. The entire Builder Series consists of more than a dozen modules, with additional workshops developed to respond to renovation issues. Five of these are mandatory training for Atlantic Home Warranty Builders in their first 2 years of membership. These sessions address the key problem areas in residential construction in the Atlantic Region that most commonly result in call-backs problems that can be avoided by using the right materials and methods.

The workshop is organized in a problem-cause-solution format, and makes use of multi-media technical material. Topics include:

  • Foundations 1
  • Foundations 2
  • Moisture Problems and Foundations
  • Doors and Windows
  • Ventilation: Health and Safety Issues
  • Drywall Application
  • Flooring Installation

For general inquiries on training courses offered through Atlantic Home Warranty, please contact the Continuing Education Manager, Jennifer Howard at 902-450-9000 ext. 4 or 1-800-320-9880 ext. 4 or email

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