British Columbia First Nations Building Inspector

Full-time Certificate Program

This program is designed to provide participants with specific skills for successful employment as a Building Inspector. Participants will gain theoretical and hands on knowledge required for inspection work with Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC), Indian & Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), and First Nations organizations to inspect new house construction and renovations on BC reserves. The program will include participating in field inspections and demonstrating skills learned in the class. 

Career Opportunities

The development of this unique training program has been an initiative of Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation in partnership with Vancouver Island University, Cowichan Campus. Graduates from this program will meet the requirements of CMHC Native Inspections Service Initiative (NISI), inspecting new construction and renovations on reserves throughout BC and meets the certification requirements of the First Nations National Building Officers Association for a level 1 First Nation Building Officer (FNBO).
This program should provide a solid foundation for future education if the participant wants to continue in the inspection field.

Program Content

  • Basic building inspection practices
  • Reviewing plans
  • Conducting site inspections
  • Excavation inspections
  • Conducting pre-backfill inspections
  • Conducting pre-drywall inspections
  • Conducting final inspections
  • Communicating and reporting on inspections
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Residential Rehabilitation Training

Start Date

Waitlist is being taken at this time. 

Admission Requirements

An Application For Admission is required.

Start Date and Application Deadlines

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Options
Accepting International Applications
Testing Required
Admissions Assistant

Name: Cowichan Registration
Phone: 250.746.3512

Coordinator Contact

Name: Niki Scarfo


For more program information, please contact Professional Development and Training at the Cowichan Campus at

Waitlist being taken. Please email with your name, contact information and preferred campus to be added to our waitlist.

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