Capital Planning 101 (Fall 2021) – HousingU online course

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Capital Planning

Capital Planning 101 is an entry level course for individuals who are involved in the non-profit housing sector and responsible for allocation of their society’s capital resources. This course will help those who are looking to improve their skill set with respect to capital planning. Participants will be introduced to a process and tools that will help to ensure that scarce resources are allocated in a way that benefits tenants while ensuring that housing continues to be safe and comfortable over the long term. This course covers the basics of how to use Ameresco’s Asset Planner™ software and BCNPHA’s Capital Planning Template and is an ideal place for non-profit housing providers to gain more technical expertise in the tools used to create a capital plan.

Topics include:

What is a Capital Plan and why should I create one? | How does the Capital Planning process work? | Getting started with BC Housing’s Building Condition Assessment (BCA) | How to use Asset Planner™ | Downloading and saving BCNPHA’s Capital Planning Template | How to use the Capital Planning Template

What you'll learn

This course covers the basics of how non-profit housing societies can go about creating a capital plan with the support of BC Housing. Students will learn what a capital plan is and how it is used, become familiar with BC Housing’s process for procuring building condition assessments (BCAs) as well as how to navigate and use Ameresco’s Asset Planner™ database software and BCNPHA’s Capital Planning Template. The CP Template is an excel spreadsheet that has been developed by BCNPHA especially for this course and is an excellent tool that can be used for long range financial planning for a single building or an entire portfolio.

Time commitment

This course includes approximately 16 hours of content. It is recommended that you commit to studying for 2-4 hours a week in order to be done in 4 weeks. However, you will have up to 8 weeks to complete. You can progress at your own pace, log in to do assignments, and participate in forum discussions whenever when it’s convenient for you. Having said that, we do encourage you to stick to the posted weekly schedule so that most participants will be working on the same topic at roughly the same time.


This is an entry-level course so no prior knowledge of capital planning is necessary. However, we recommend that participants take Capital Planning 100 prior to registering for Capital Planning 101, as it provides a strong foundation in the principles and terminology of capital planning and Building Condition Assessments that will be explored in further detail in Capital Planning 101.

Start and end dates

September 27, 2021 - November 21, 2021


(Free) for members and for non-members


This course is funded by BC Housing and is free for all non-profit housing providers in BC, including BCNPHA members and non-members.


To register, click the large green button at the top of this page: “Login to account”, or “Create an account” (if you do not yet have one). Note: We require a unique email address for each course participant as our online learning system will not accept duplicate emails. If you need further instructions, click Course registration instructions.

Note: Registration closes October 10, 2021

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