Anyone planning to build and/or sell a new home in Ontario must be registered with Tarion and enrol the home(s) into the statutory warranty program.
Residential freehold and low-rise condominium construction under Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code:
• A mandatory orientation session
• Successful completion of a technical test based on the Ontario Building Code
• A business interview with a Tarion representative
• Completion of seven educational competencies by the annual renewal date. **(This is a
new requirement as of September 2015)
Residential high rise condominium construction under Part 3 of the Ontario Building Code:
- In addition to attending a mandatory orientation session and business interview with a Tarion representative, residential high rise condominium construction is subject to further auditing requirements and inspections during the building process.
- Click here to find out more about the requirements for condominium construction.
**New** Educational Criteria
Note: The requirements outlined below do not apply to vendor/builders who became registered on or before August 31, 2015.
As of September 1, 2015, new applicants proposing to build residential freehold and low-rise condominium construction under Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code will be required to complete seven educational competencies in addition to Tarion’s existing registration requirements. The educational requirements are based on the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s National Education Benchmarks for residential construction.
The competencies must be achieved by their annual renewal date. As of September 1, 2016, achieving these competencies will be a pre-requisite for registration.
The core competencies must be held by one or shared by several Principals, Officers or Directors (PDO) of the company.
The competencies include:
- Business Planning and Management
- Financial Planning and Management
- Project Management and Supervision
- Legal Issues in Housing
- Building Codes in Ontario**
- Construction Technology**
- Customer Service and Tarion Requirements
**New vendor only applicants are not required to complete the Building Code in Ontario or Construction Technology competencies.
to learn more about the core learning requirements for each competency.
Tarion may grant exemptions for some of the education requirements on the basis of an applicant’s prior experience or education. Exemptions will be considered for the following categories:
- Applicants who were Principals, Officers, or Directors for five or more years with a registered builder;
- Applicants who were employees engaged in the customer service, construction or business management of a registered builder, and who have five or more years in that capacity;
- Applicants who have obtained comparable core competencies with another Canadian Warranty Program;
- Applicants who have achieved a professional designation or obtained formal education in an area related to an area of competency;
- Applicants who have achieved Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing recognition for competency in Part 9 of the Building Code.
Exemption requests will be evaluated by Tarion on a case by case basis. If you think your experience and professional qualification may be eligible for an exemption, click here
The following education providers are offering courses that can be used towards achieving the seven competencies. Click on the links to go directly to the course options.
Both in-class and on-line options will be available to obtain the competencies. The course provider list will be updated on a regular basis as additional courses and/or course providers are approved.
If you believe you already have certain competencies and wish to be tested on these competencies instead of taking a course, this can be done through Algonquin College. Click here
to sign up for an assessment exam.
Tarion Warranty Corporation
Licensing and Underwriting Department
5160 Yonge Street, 12th Floor
If you have questions or need assistance please contact the Licensing and Underwriting department at 1-877-696-6497 ext. 3001 or via email
Your application, approval and registration is subject to the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act, applicable Builder Bulletins
and any and all further terms and conditions which may be placed on your registration, i.e. the posting of security, a limit on the homes you will be allowed to build, etc.