Ongoing professional development is a key piece of what differentiates a Manitoba Home Builders’ Association member from other residential construction companies in Manitoba. MHBA builder and renovator members keep up to date with the newest information and trends, the latest best practices, and newest building technologies that help ensure their work is of the highest quality.
Traditionally, the MHBA’s annual Housing Forum and Building Trade Show provides MHBA builder and renovator members with a full day of education and training sessions. Unfortunately, hosting a large educational forum and trade show isn’t an option this year so the MHBA has had to find an alternative format to provide MHBA members with the professional development sessions that are the always the key focus of the MHBA Housing Forum. Instead, this year the MHBA is hosting a virtual Housing Forum webinar series throughout the month of November which will provide MHBA builder and renovator members with the latest information and best practices regarding residential construction.
Improving compliance through problem solving during construction, emergency preparedness on worksites, sub-trade safety, and integrating air tightness into home design and construction are just some of the sessions being made available online to MHBA members through this year’s virtual Housing Forum. MHBA members can also attend a session on the state of Winnipeg’s housing market as well as information sessions that share marketing resources tips and expertise to help businesses deal with the COVID pandemic.
In addition to the annual Housing Forum, the MHBA provides ongoing education sessions throughout the year and continually shares the latest in industry best practices and information with our membership. The Housing Forum and our educational sessions are a key component of our Master Builder and Master Renovator certification programs. The MHBA Master Builder and Master Renovator certification programs allow builders and renovators to demonstrate compliance with high standards established by a credible third party.
The program ensures an ongoing commitment to continuing education by requiring all certified builders and renovators to enroll in suitable courses related to building and business practice, so you can have peace of mind that your new home or renovations are in the best hands. A minimum number of hours of professional development must be completed every year to keep the designation current. Credit for professional development can be earned either through attending seminars offered in the MHBA’s continuing education calendar and attending other approved business sessions.
MHBA builders and renovators are committed to professional development and being up to date with the latest trends in residential construction. Our members build to the highest standards and are continually integrating the latest industry standards into their work. So, when you see the MHBA logo, you know you are dealing with a company that is dedicated to quality. You can learn more about MHBA builders and renovators at homebuilders.mb.ca.
Lanny McInnes is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.