Certification Program

NSHBDA actively promotes skills upgrading and ongoing education for all of our members. We offer an industry-approved designer Certification Program.

The four levels of certification are as follows:
• Accredited member Technical (PDF)
Accredited member Advanced Technical (PDF)
• Accredited member Designer (proposed)
• Accredited member Master Designer (proposed)

This program has been developed in partnership with key stakeholders in the industry, including the Nova Scotia Building Officials Association, the Nova Scotia Home Builders Association, as well as Nova Scotia Architects Association, Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia, and the Interior Designers of Nova Scotia. 

You can download our drawing review requirements here – NSHBDA PLAN REVIEW Requirements March 30_11.

After completing the first level of our training program, an NSHBDA “Accredited Member” is issued a stamp to seal their plans, indicating that they were prepared by an accredited, professional designer.

The selected training courses establish a path towards improvement of design skills and quality standards in the industry, and the code of ethics brings a fresh new approach to the residential and small commercial design and drafting industry.